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3 hours

Venice Walking Tours: History Tours

Cannaregio and the Jewish Ghetto with Chichetti



Venice is a city of wonders, where every corner hides a secret and every bridge leads to a new discovery. If you want to experience the magic of Venice from a different perspective, join your guide at your hotel and embark on an amazing journey through the Jewish ghettos. You will learn about the history and culture of the Jewish community that lived in these areas since the 16th century, under strict rules and regulations. 

The word “ghetto” comes from Venice, where it referred to the isolated and confined area where the Jews were forced to reside. Despite the difficulties and the dangers, the Venetian ghetto was also a lively and dynamic place, where the Jewish people preserved their traditions, customs and beliefs. The Jewish community of Venice enriched the city with their contributions to the fields of commerce, art and science, and kept a strong sense of identity and dignity. 

As you walk through the narrow alleys, charming squares and romantic bridges that make up the ghettos vecchio, novo and novissimo, you will also explore the Cannaregio district, where you can mingle with the locals and enjoy the authentic atmosphere of the open air markets. Here you can find fresh fruits, vegetables and delicacies that will tantalize your taste buds. To end your tour on a high note, you will stop for a refreshing spritz and a tasty cicheto at a cozy Jewish bakery or a typical bacaro, depending on your preference. Whether you prefer something sweet or savory, you will love the flavors of Venetian cuisine. Don’t miss this chance to dive into the fascinating and captivating story of the Jewish ghettos of Venice!

What's Included

  • Expert, licensed English-speaking guide
  • Private tour of the Canareggio Neighborhod and the historic Jewish Ghetto.
  • Entrance tickets to the Jewish Synagogue. Please note that that portion of the tour must be conducted by an internal guide.

Other Info

  • This is a private tour – your party only
  • Modest attire is required in the synagogues; knees and shoulders must be covered.
  • Please wear comfortable shoes as this tour requires a fair amount of walking.
  • This tour is not fully accessible to wheelchair users or others with limited mobility. However, please contact us directly and we will devise alternative routes for you.


Is there a dress code I should know about?
There is a dress code for churches and basilicas. Shoulders and knees must be covered; shorts, miniskirts, and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. It is also recommended that you not take large bags or backpacks on tours that include churches as you may not be permitted to enter and storage accommodations are not usually available.
What if there is bad weather?
Our tours operate rain or shine!
Is tipping customary in Italy?
Tipping is indeed customary in Italy ! It is considered a kind gesture and proper etiquette to leave “a little something extra” depending on the level of service you receive. For a private guide it is suggested to leave 15 – 25 euros for a typical 3-hour tour.
What happens after I’ve requested a booking through your website?
Your Own Italy will send a confirmation email within 24 hours of your booking. You will then be invited to make your payment using a link that will be provided.
Can wheelchair users go on this walking tour?
Not all walking tours are fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with walking disabilities. However, if anyone in your group requires special accommodation, please let us know when completing the booking and we will work out suitable alternative routes.
Can tours be modified?
Yes, we will do our best to adjust any tour to accommodate special requests.
How far in advance should I book my walking tour?
Tours should be booked 48 hours in advance. While we cannot guarantee availability if booking occurs in less than 48 hours, we will do our best to accommodate your request.
What are Your Own Italy’s payment terms?
Full payment is due when the tour confirmation email is sent, within 24 hours of your booking. You will be provided with a link to our payment page. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
What is your cancellation policy?
Tours must be canceled by email 24 hours prior to the start of the tour. If cancellation is made in less than this time, Your Own Italy cannot guarantee a full refund.
How do I amend a reservation?
Any changes to existing reservations must be requested by email. All efforts will be made to accommodate changes, but they cannot be guaranteed.
What should I do if I have a larger group than the size suggested on the website?
Your Own Italy is delighted to accommodate large groups. Please specify the number in your party when booking, and every effort will be made to organize a tour within the time limits provided.

Meeting Point

Please specify when booking whether you would prefer to meet your private guide at your accommodations or at a designated point near the highlights of the tour.

Duration Of Tour

Walking Tours last approximately 3 hours unless otherwise specified.
Tour times are average – some groups prefer a more leisurely pace with fewer sites, with your private guide, this is your option.