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Explore the Jewish Ghetto on this unique food and wine tastings tour. The Jewish Quarter of the Cannaregio district existed as early as the 16th century and is the best place to witness the life that the locals lead and how their evenings are filled with fun, food and merry making.
Become a local for the evening as you take a leisurely walk along the picturesque canals to the open air markets. Your English speaking guide will share notes and anecdotes about Jewish culture and traditions and will escort you to three of the best Venetian wine bars for the Venetian bite sized snacks called cicchetti and a special variety of wine called ombra.
Indulge in a conversation with your fellow group members and guide, while you enjoy your food and drinks. We assure you that nothing will make your Venice experience more wonderful than this
01 May 18 - 31 Aug 18: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
01 Sep 18 - 27 Oct 18: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
01 Apr 19 - 30 Apr 19: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
01 May 19 - 31 Aug 19: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
01 Sep 19 - 26 Oct 19: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
2.5 hoursStart time
At the foot of the east side of the bridge Ponte delle Guglie (away from the train station), next to the restaurant “Trattoria alla Palazzina.”
Arriving by vaporetto: From the San Marcuola vaporetto stop (Lines 1 & 2) After exiting the vaporetto, walk straight one block and turn left (around the corner of the church). Continue walking with the church on your left and take the second street on your right (Rio Terrà Cristo). Walk all the way to the end and turn left on the large street (Rio Terà San Leonardo). Continue to follow this street until you see the bridge in front of you. The meeting point will be on the left side at the foot of the bridge. Total walking time from the vaporetto stop is about five minutes.
Tour concludes near the Campo della Maddalena, with easy access to the Grand Canal. The guide can also help you with the directions.
Start your Jewish Ghetto Tour with Local Food and Wine Tastings with a walk around the Jewish Quarter in the Cannaregio district, a less frequented area that the Venetians refer to as being the most authentic. The Jewish Ghetto in Venice came up in 1516 when Jews were forced to live in the colonies, as they were feared to dominate the business sector. There have been times that the Jews were locked in at night and during religious festivals. The Jewish population grew in the ghettos during war due to refugee settlements, which resulted in buildings that grew haphazardly to accommodate them.
The Jewish Ghetto is also known to be the inspiration for William Shakespeare’s most noted work The Merchant of Venice. It is still an active centre for the Jewish community, and the surrounding alleyways, bridges and canals have maintained their unique identity through the ages. 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.
The best time to visit the area is in the evening, when the localites after work meet friends and hangout in their favourite bars. Live in the experience like the local Jews as your English speaking guide will take you for a stroll through the picturesque canals into the open air markets with shops selling kosher goods. On the way, the guide will ensure to fill in notes about the local traditions and culture.
Your guide will take you to three of the most sought after Venetian wine bars called bàcari. Savour several of Venice’s bite-size versions of local delicacies called cicchetti. The bacaris, in which, wine glasses and bottles line the brick and stone walls, and the localites indulge in daily gossip and discussions. You will sample some of the city’s most extraordinary offerings, whether it’s expertly seasoned and fried meatballs, creamy codfish mousse or a creative bruschetta.
Each serving will be accompanied with ombra, a small glass of one of the regions many renowned varieties of wine (included in the tour price). Your guide will share fascinating insights such as how the word ombra, which means ‘shadow’, comes from a centuries-old tradition when merchants would sell their wine in the shadow of St. Mark’s bell tower in order to keep themselves, and the wine, cool.
Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.
This service ends near Campo della Maddalena around 8:00pm
It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated and missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.
We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
Guests under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Isango! reserves the right to refuse participation on its tours to any guest under the influence of drugs or alcohol or to any guest whose behaviour is disorderly, or poses a threat to other guests or the staff.
Unfortunately, limited variety of appetizers are served in Venice’s typical wine bars, hence, they cannot meet special dietary requirements of our clients, such as gluten-free, vegan, etc.
Please inform us in advance of the tour of any special dietary requirements.
Hazel was awesome. Tour was very interesting. Food was fresh. I didn't like some of it but that's just my taste buds. I would do this tour again....Robin Young, United States, 23/May/2017
I faced problems to find the meeting point of my tour and called the support to help me. They informed the phone number of the local operator based by my reservation code. Good...jan ove hurlen, Norway, 23/Aug/2016
This was an amazing tour, however the time that we were given to arrive was incorrect (half an hour early) and we nearly left thinking no one was turning up. My suggestion would...Donna M De Paoli, Australia, 10/Aug/2016