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Venice Museum Pass & Doge's Palace Entrance Ticket

1. Venice Museum Pass & Doge's Palace Entrance Ticket

Admire the San Marco Civic Museums, such as the Doge’s Palace, Correr Museum, National Archaeological Museum, and Biblioteca Marciana. You can also explore the history of the Jewish communities of Venice at the Ghetto Museum. Founded in 1953, and situated between the city’s 2 most historic synagogues, the museum is both devoted to the cycle of Jewish festivities and objects used for the liturgy, and explores the history of the Venetian Jews through images and objects. Museums of St. Mark's Square (available with the Venice Museum Pass and Venice Museum Pass Plus): • Doge's Palace • Correr Museum • National Archaeological Museum • Biblioteca Marciana If you select the Venice Museum Pass Plus option you will also enjoy entry to the following civic museums: • Ca' Rezzonico • Carlo Goldoni's House • Mocenigo Palace • Ca' Pesaro (Modern Art Gallery and Oriental Art Gallery) • Glass Museum (Murano) • Lace Museum (Burano) • Natural History Museum Both options include the following historic churches in the Chorus Pass: • Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio • Chiesa di Santo Stefano • Santa Maria dei Miracoli • San Giovanni Elemosinario • Ca’ San Polo • Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari • San Giacomo dell'Orio • San Stae • Sant'Alvise • San Pietro di Castello • San Redentore • Santa Maria di Rosario • San Sebastiano • San Giobbe • San Giuseppe di Castello • San Vidal • San Giacomo di Rialto.

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Venice: Food and Wine Tour with Cicchetti Tasting

2. Venice: Food and Wine Tour with Cicchetti Tasting

Eat and drink your way around Venice on a food and wine tasting tour with a local guide. Visit some of the city's favorite eateries and wine bars, sample tapas-like "Cicchetti", and learn about Venetian culinary culture. Taste a wide range of food specialties, from regional cheeses to buranelli biscuits to traditional cakes. Pair your food samples with traditional drinks and Italian wines. Sample tiramisù in the city where it was invented, and experience the unique culture of “Cicchetti”, the tapas-like snacks loved by Venetians served in cozy and charming “bàcari” (bars). Discover old taverns and quaint locales where locals gather and eat. Explore quaint alleys, historic streets, and colorful markets and view historical monuments and attractions along the way.

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Venice: Jewish Ghetto 2-Hour Walking Tour

3. Venice: Jewish Ghetto 2-Hour Walking Tour

Start your tour by crossing the bridge into Campo del Ghetto Nuovo (New Ghetto Square) into the Jewish Ghetto in the Cannaregio District. Hear about how the Venetian Jews were confined to the island and how it became densely populated. Learn about how the resourceful residents found the solution to the overcrowded conditions; building tenement blocks up to six stories high – an innovative novelty in 16th century Europe. Peek inside the famous Antichita al Ghetto antique store and see the Library Renato Maestro with its ancient manuscripts and dusty archives. Visit a series of bas-reliefs in the Campo del Ghetto Nuovo – a sight most visitors to Venice never get to see. Learn about how Napoleon tore down the gates of the Jewish Ghetto, giving Jews the right to live anywhere in this grand “Floating City.” See how this part of the city is still awash with Jewish culture, bakeries, restaurants and handicraft stores. Discover this hidden niche of cultural life in Venice as your local guide escorts you from one fascinating corner to the next, regaling you with tales of past residents that will add a rich undertone to your visit to Venice. 

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Venice: Private Cannaregio and Jewish Quarter Tour

4. Venice: Private Cannaregio and Jewish Quarter Tour

Your local guide will take you to see beautiful palace facades, houses of past Arab merchants, the Campo dei Mori, and beautiful views of the northern lagoon. Cannaregio was once home to one of Venice’s most famous painters, Tintoretto. Enjoy stories of his life and peers and see the place of his burial, the Madonna Dell’Orto Church. The church, often referred to as Tintoretto’s church, holds a spectacular collection of his masterpieces, and is truly a must for all Tintoretto fans. Walking from here, your guide will accompany you to the famous Jewish Ghetto. Dating back to the early 14th century, there is much to discover on this island within an island. In 1516, the Senate approved the proposal that all Jews should be moved to a closed area within the city. By crossing over one of the three bridges to enter this area, you can step back in time and learn about this complicated history.  Your guide is an expert on Jewish history and you'll be able to learn how the local community lived throughout the ages and how they live today. Enjoy the kosher shops, restaurants, library and synagogues where services take place today to serve Jewish Venetians.  At the conclusion of this walking tour, it will be possible for you to visit the Jewish Museum and synagogues separately, where individual entrance fees are required. After taking this tour, you may also like to consider visiting the old Jewish Cemetry on the Lido of Venice. Goethe, Byron, and Shelly were all fascinated by the melancholy beauty of this cemetery, abandoned in the 18th century.

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Venice: Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour and Gelato Tasting

5. Venice: Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour and Gelato Tasting

Stroll through the Jewish Ghetto on this 2-hour small-group walking tour and see the area where Venician Jews were compelled to live by the government of the Venetian Republic.  On this tour, your guide will share stories and lead you through the streets and squares of Old Ghetto, the Rabbi's house, and the historic synagogues of Venice. Your tour is capped at a maximum of 12 passengers in order to guarantee a personalized experience.  After exploring the Jewish ghetto with your guide, visit a local gelato shop. End your tour with delicious gelato enjoyed in a beautiful Venetian setting.

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Venice: Cannaregio District Private Walking Tour

6. Venice: Cannaregio District Private Walking Tour

Visit the popular area of Cannaregio district, located opposite to Castello and San Marco, close to the vibrant train station. This tour starts at Rialto. Proceed along Strada Nuova in order to reach Fondamenta della Misericordia, which is full of typical bars and restaurants. Continue to Campiello dei Mori, close to Tintoretto’s house and Madonna dell’Orto gothic church. Another street along a little canal will take you to the Jewish ghetto. Instituted on 29th March 1516, this is the most ancient Jewish ghetto in the world. Along the tour a professional guide will tell you all about the district's history and its unique places. This is a unique opportunity to discover a different Venice, far away from the overcrowded places of the city.

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Venice: Jewish Ghetto and Cannaregio Food and Wine Tour

7. Venice: Jewish Ghetto and Cannaregio Food and Wine Tour

Admire the architecture of Venice’s historic Jewish Ghetto, one of the city’s timeless districts. Rich in culture and tradition, the district was the backdrop for scenes in A Merchant of Venice, a film starring Al Pacino. On this 4-hour excursion into the Cannaregio district, you’ll also see a number of canals, Gothic churches, a variety bridges, and other atmospheric sights. On this journey through time you’ll visit 6 restaurants for authentic tastes of Venice, including the famous Italian gelato! Venetians were the first coffee drinkers in Italy. Stop at an old coffee roaster to sample the locals’ favorite. Your leisurely walk will take you along the romantic walkways knows as fondamenta. See the Rabbi’s House and historic synagogues, and taste traditional Jewish-Venetian dishes such as sarde in saor and artichoke bottoms, accompanied by fine Kosher wine. Crossing the Rialto Bridge, the oldest of Venice’s 400 bridges, you’ll head for a true taste of Venice, eating where the locals and the gondoliers love to eat. Try superb risotto and pasta like you’ll find nowhere else! Visit an old bakery and sample the famous zaeti, buranelli, and other specialty biscuits and cakes. This exclusive food and art adventure continues into the evening. As you sip a glass of sparkling wine you’ll encounter another Venice, with its churches and palazzos mirrored in the shimmering waters of the canals.

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Venice Food Tour: Rialto Market and Cicchetti Tasting

8. Venice Food Tour: Rialto Market and Cicchetti Tasting

Enjoy a food tasting tour of Venice with a difference, and escape the over-priced, touristy food of the city’s reputation. Start your tour by exploring the twin hearts of the city's food scene; the Rialto Fruit and Vegetable Market and the Rialto Fish Market. Peruse aisles overflowing with fresh produce as your guide explains how ancient trade routes and a strong maritime history shaped the diets of the Venetians. Learn how Venice still gets the freshest fish from the Mediterranean Sea. Leave the markets to embark on a culinary walking tour of Venice. Stop at a local butcher, bakery, and one of the oldest spice stores in the world. Hear how Venetian ships used to be the main source of spices for much of Europe. Sample delicious wines from the region, along with the famous cicchetti (small bites) at 2 local bars. Feast on local delicacies. After All’Merca, cross the Grand Canal by gondola with your guide to explore Cannaregio. Cannaregio is one of the more historic neighborhoods of Venice. Once the Jewish Ghetto, today it’s where locals go to eat, drink and socialize. You’ll stop briefly at a small local bar for fritti. After a 15-minute stroll through Cannaregio you reach the highlight of your tour. La Colonna offers the very best of Venetian food experiences – a small restaurant tucked off a quiet street, where you will enjoy a full meal featuring such local specialties as pasta with squid ink. And of course, more wine. Enjoy a more personalized attention in intimate groups of 12 people or fewer, and get the best recommendations for when, where, and how to eat in Venice so that you will never have to endure another over-priced, touristy meal again.

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What people are saying about Jewish Ghetto, Venice

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 197 reviews

Super competent tour guide, a thoroughbred, proud Venetian who knows a lot about the history of Veneto. He knows how to put his listeners under the spell of the 16th century with his Venetian charm. Thank you Svetlana and Walter for the nice tour

Silvia was fantastic. Her knowledge was detailed, exact, interesting - and she clearly loves the subject. An excellent way to get to know a city when your time is short.

the ticket doesn't include the bell tower which is kind of silly since it includes all other museums in st marks square

Everything was perfect and the pass is very helpful to skip the lines on entries.

The guide was a sensation - really competent and we also had a lot of fun.