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Private Tour of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice
Wander through the oldest ghetto in the world to learn about the Jewish history and heritage in Venice. See the Levantine Synagogue, New Ghetto Square, Banco Rosso, and more. Hear the story of the local Jewish community.
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- Explore the Jewish Ghetto in Venice with the Jewish History Expert-Guide
- See the Levantine Synagogue, New Ghetto Square, Banco Rosso, and more
- Admire the Venetian 'skyscrapers' and other highlights
- Learn about the history of the local Jewish population
- Get tips on the best kosher shops, restaurants and cafes
DescriptionThe word ''ghetto'' was born in the Venetian Ghetto, so it is the best place to learn about the causes and consequences of segregating Jews from the Middle Ages to World War II in Europe. Join a passionate Private Guide on the streets of the Old and New Ghetto to learn about the local Jewish community and their traditions, and see the historic synagogues and heritage sites in Venice. Choose the 2-hour option to explore the Jewish Ghetto in the Cannaregio sestiere. Your walking tour will begin near the Ponte dei Tre Archi and pass by one of the three gates to the medieval ghetto of Venice. As you explore the narrow streets of Calle Ghetto Vecchio, you will discover the hidden symbols of the ghetto and learn how the local Jewish community managed to grow and thrive here despite adversities. Highlights include Scuola Levantina and several other old synagogues, and crossing the Ponte de Ghetto vecchio, one of the bridges that was closed every night to cut off the Old Ghetto. In Campo del Ghetto you can admire the Italian Synagogue, the Great German Scola, Banco Rosso, and the Venetian ''skyscrapers'' that were created as a result of the overcrowding of the ghetto. You will also the only remaining of the first three banks in the world, find out where the phrase ‘to be in the red’ comes from and why pawn shops were so important to Jews. Of course, you will also hear stories of the Jewish residents who were persecuted and murdered during World War II. Learn about the Holocaust in Italy and see the Stolpersteine (stumbling blocks) and the Deportation Monument. Other points of interest include the special wells and the Chabad of Venice. You will also have a chance to stop at a kosher bakery to try a local snack (at your own expense) and get tips on the best things to see and do in Venice.
IncludesPrivate walking tour of the Jewish Ghetto and Cannaregio district Jewish History Expert-Guide who is fluent in the language of your choice A special route with places related to the Jewish history of Venice Expert commentary on the ghetto, its residents, WWII and the Holocaust Tips about local highlights, kosher restaurants and shops
- Please check your email the day before the tour to receive important information. For the comfort of all guests, it is best to have 1 licensed guide per maximum of 25 guests. If there are 26-50 people in your group, we will provide the service of 2 licensed guides so that all guests can get the best experience, ask questions and hear the guide well.