Venice synagogues: a guided tour!
In the Jewish neighbourhood of Venice, you can still feel the presence of Jewish tradition and culture. Book your guided tour and discover the synagogues, which are hidden in buildings and unidentifiable from the outside.
WHY DID WE LIKE THIS EXPERIENCE SO MUCH?
- The atmosphere of the Jewish ghetto is that of a small town within a town: it is worth breathing.
- The splendor of the synagogues is unsuspected from the outside and is absolutely worth a visit.
- During the tour, the guides will tell you about the fascinating history of the Jewish community in Venice.
There are different tour suggestions to find the one that suits you!
Look at the prices online as they change according to the number of persons and tour chosen!
Free admission for kids under 6, and personal attendants of disabled people.
Other practical information
In this moment, it is possible to visit only one synaogie and the midrash. The museum is closed temporarily for renovation.
Included / Excluded
- Private or shared visit of the synagogues
- One hour private visit of the ghetto
Whatever is not specified in “Included”.
You can cancel the experience until 72 hours with a 50% penalty. After that date, it is not possible to ask for a refund.
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Fromm 1 to 2 hours
Visit the Jewish Ghetto of Venice that will unveil an important element of its character – that of tolerance. Venice has always embraced multiculturalism and openness.
Entering the Jewish quarter is a fascinating experience and a good place to start are the Venetian Synagogues.
They appear as normal buildings apparently used as apartments, inconspicuous and hardly recognizable from the outside. They can only be recognized by the presence of five large aligned windows (the number “5” recalls the Torah books) or thanks to the Hebrew writing on the walls.
All the Synagogues are on the top floor of pre-existing buildings, a place not chosen by chance, because “there can not be anything above the synagogue”.
The small Venetian Jewish community maintains its traditional customs and traditions. Even today, it meets and uses the Synagogues as a place of worship. If it happens that a synagogue is temporarily occupied for a religious service, another one is visited.
The synagogues are located between Ghetto Vecchio and the Ghetto Nuovo and are open to the public by guided tour only.
In this period, it is possible to visit only one synagogue and the midrash. The jewish museum of venice is temporarily closed for renovation. You can chosse both a private visit or a shared visit mixed with a private visit of the ghetto.
There ar in total 5 synagogues in the ghetto di Venezia:
- The Scola Grande Tedesca (1528), german synagogue
- the Scola Canton (1531) or canton synagogue
- the Scola Italiana (1575) or italian synagogue
- the Levantine School (1541)
- the Scola Ponentina (1580)
Venice Synagogue: our guided tours
2 hours guided tours
The two-hour guided tours we offer includes a one-hour private tour of the ghetto and a group tour of the synagogues. This tour will give you a truly comprehensive overview of the ghetto. With a private english guide for the outdoor ghetto will allow you to satisfy your questions and curiosities! First is planned the external visit of the ghetto and then the synagogue. You can only choose the private visit at the Synaogogues!
One-hour private tour of the synagogue in English
If you do not like groups visits, you can choose a one hour private visit to the synagogue!
One hour Private English tour of the Ghetto with private guide
If you want to focus ontly on the external part, choose this one hour visit with a private guide!
The Museum and the Synagogues of Venice are closed on Saturdays and on Jewish holidays.Sometimes the last Friday tour is cancelled for religious reasons. So maybe consider the 14.30 tour as the last departure for Friday.
How to reach the Jewish Quarter in Venice
The Ghetto of Venice is located in Cannaregio, about 5-8 minutes walk from Piazzale Roma. It is reached by crossing Ponte delle Guglie and turning immediately left into Fondamenta San Giobbe. On the right, take the Sotoportego del Ghetto after 50 meters. You can also access the Ghetto from Fondamenta degli Ormesini, across the iron bridge that connects it with Campo del Ghetto Nuovo.
By boat you can get off at the “Guglie” and “San Marcuola” stops.
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