Get a true taste of Venice on a relaxing adventure through the streets and canals of the city’s most historic and atmospheric neighborhoods, the Jewish Ghetto, and the surrounding Cannaregio district. In the company of an expert local guide and intimate groups of only 12 people or fewer, you’ll explore these amazing areas enjoying Venetian culture and Cicchetti, Venice's famous appetizers, with wine.
A little like the Spanish tradition of tapas, Cicchetti involves some small local dishes consumed with friends over a glass of wine. After your Jewish Ghetto tour, we’ll visit three local bars for food and wine in Cannaregio, combining some of the liveliest and most picturesque areas.
Away from the main tourist attractions, the Jewish Ghetto offers better value and higher quality than much of the rest of Venice, making it a favorite among locals. You’ll see this in a more relaxed atmosphere as you explore with your expert local guide (the perfect host for your adventure), visiting the bustling outdoor market and spotting specialty stores along the way.
As you walk, your guide will teach you about the long history of this neighborhood, where the Jewish community was once locked in at night and for religious holidays. During periods of international turmoil this became a haven for Jews, but with no space to expand, buildings grew upwards to accommodate its growing numbers, giving the area some of the most interesting, evocative and peaceful canals in Venice.
Of course, the star of the show is the food. In each of the three bars we visit in Cannaregio, you’ll be presented with a selection of local delicacies. Take this opportunity to try something new and discuss local ingredients and cuisine with your knowledgeable guide. Fried meatballs, creamy codfish mousse and flamboyant bruschetta – Venetians claim that their food is the best in Italy, but there’s only one way to find out. Of course, this wouldn’t be an Italian meal without a glass of wine. At each of the bars, we visit you’ll be given a glass of the region’s acclaimed varietals.
Chat with your guide as you eat and learn about Venetian culture and history, but also take some time to appreciate your surroundings. The bars we’ve chosen are among the most characteristic in the city and are typical to Venice. Wine bottles line shelves hung on stone walls, while locals lean across the bar to talk with the owner or staff. Away from St. Mark’s Square everything is a lot more relaxed and informal, as people head to their local bar for a bite and a chat. This is a daily routine in Venice and one you’ll truly enjoy being a part of.
With small group sizes of only 12 people or fewer, we’ve ensured that your experience of our Jewish Ghetto tour is truly intimate – more like a day out with new friends than a traditional tour. You won’t disturb the peace as you navigate the streets or rouse any strange looks when you enter a bar, so you can relax and enjoy a truly locals perspective on Venice.
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