Venice, Italy

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Time2 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English

Overview

Explore the flavors of Venice while learning the history of one of its distinct historic quarters on this culinary tour of the Jewish Ghetto. Visit three 'bàcari' (wine bars) to sample regional wine and the popular Italian bar snacks known as ‘cicchetti,’ with expert recommendations from your local guide. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people, so you’ll enjoy personalized attention from your guide.
  • 2.5-hour cicchetti and wine tour around Venice’s Jewish Ghetto
  • Hear stories about the Jewish Ghetto’s history from a knowledgeable local guide
  • See an open-air market, a mask-making workshop, synagogues and shops
  • Visit three atmospheric bàcari and learn about the Venetian wine and cicchetti tradition
  • Savor a total of three glasses of wine plus enough cicchetti for a light meal
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures a personalized experience
The Jewish ghetto of Venice is a distinct historic area that was once home to more than 4,000 people at its peak in the 17th century, when the Jewish residents were relegated to a specific neighborhood. Today, the area remains an important spiritual and social gathering place for Venice’s Jewish community and is also known locally as an authentic part of the city off the beaten tourist track.

Meet your guide in the Jewish Ghetto, which lies within the Venice’s northern Cannaregio neighborhood. Learn about the area’s history and culture as you wander its charming streets, passing by synagogues, kosher eateries, unique shops, an open-air market and a traditional mask-making workshop.

Stop in at three different bàcari to get a taste of the local dining scene. Your guide will select from among the neighborhood’s many authentic and reputable bars. Sip on a glass of local wine at each stop, served with bite-size cicchetti. These traditional Venetian appetizers may include savory bites like bruschetta, salted cod, meatballs or fried squash. Learn about local cuisine and the Veneto winemaking region as you soak up the authentic flavors and atmosphere.

After approximately 2.5 hours, your tour concludes near the Campo della Maddalena, with easy access to the Grand Canal. Your guide can point you in the direction of your hotel or provide local recommendations to continue your Venetian culinary adventure on your own.

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b
, Oct 2018

While Lara was a pleasant and well informed guide, who gave us a great tour of the history of the Jewish Ghetto, the cicchetti tasting part of the tour was very disappointing. We visited three bars, two of which served the same food. We were only give a table and chairs at the first bar. For the remaining two bars we had to stand in the street holding wine in one hand and food in the other while being jostled by passing tourists. There was not even a table on which to perch our glasses while trying to remove the toothpicks from the finger food we were eating. I have done several food walking tours in different countries and this was the worst one I have experienced.

G
, Jul 2018

It was the second visit for us in Venice. We enjoyed this evening and were really impressed about historic facts of this district.

P
, Jun 2018

Guide was lovely. The Jewish Ghetto itself is incredibly small, so much of the tour was near or around the area, as opposed to everything being inside the Ghetto and focused on the jewish history.

N
, May 2018

This was an excellent tour! Lara, our guide, was fun, energetic, and very knowledgeable about Venice. We enjoyed walking around the Jewish ghetto, learning about the history of that section of the city and how it influenced the city as a whole, and visits to three bacari bars to sample different cicchetti and wine. The variety of samples was great and each place was prepared for our arrival. Lara recommended a great seafood restaurant during the tour and even helped give us directions to go back for dinner at conclusion of the tour. We had a great time and would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Venice!

J
, Apr 2018

This tour was not good. Way too much walking and not enough food or wine. The food was OK at best. Not enough explanation about why this food was chosen or about the history of how it pertains to the Venetian culture. The last food option was anchovies, not a dessert, literally leaves a bad taste in your mouth?? Wine was provided 3 times. Again, no explanation about what we were drinking. The only choice was white or red. No options within this group or a local variety. All 3 wines were very small in size. Do not waste your time or money on this tour.

m
, Mar 2018

THIS was one of THE BEST, FUN, INFORMATIVE tours we have ever taken. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour

l
, Feb 2018

EXCELLENT!!!! Worth going and now a favourite part of Venice every time I visit.

m
, Nov 2017

Plentiful food - great wines. The service at each place was speedy and friendly. We were even able to sit at several places! Our guide was great. She was of course an expert on the ghetto and her English was exceptional. The only downside was the timing. It was after drk when we were in the Ghetto so the beautiful monuments to the dead weren't visible.

M
, Nov 2017

A lot of fun great way to sample local cuisine and wines and make new friends

L
, Nov 2017

Honestly, not worth the steep price. The guide was very soft-spoken and without headphones we could not hear her most of the time. The tour was not well organised and at each stop someone had to wait too long for drinks / cicchetti. She never did explain what the Jewish Ghetto had to do with the wine. The ghetto history that I could hear was very interesting. The evening views of Venice from each location were breathtaking.


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