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?
Visit the Jewish Ghetto, and Venice 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, we will visit another one.
The synagogues are located between Ghetto Vecchio and the Ghetto Nuovo and are open to the public by guided tour only. The visit will allow you to see the the details that you would never notice from the outside.
Venice Synagogue: Guided tour
The guided tour of the synagogues in Venice lasts 45 minutes to an hour. The tours are held from 10.30 to 15.30, starting every hour on the half hour. The departure of the tour is very punctual. We suggest you go to the Jewish Museum, starting point of the synagogue tour, 15 minutes in advance. In this way you can easily pass the controls at the entrance to the Museum. Within the Jewish Museum you can’t take luggage in, but only handbags or backpacks.
It is possible to visit the Scola Grande Tedesca (1528), the Scola Canton (1531), the Scola Italiana (1575), the Levantine School (1541) and the Scola Ponentina (1580),
Some synagogues will be excluded from the tour if they are in use.
Private guided tours in German, French, Spanish and Hebrew are possible upon reservation
The ticket for the visit to the synagogues also includes free entrance to the Jewish Museum. 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.
Are you looking for other ideas for visits to the venetian ghetto? Other tours include:
The Ghetto of Venice: did you know that … history, curiosities and anecdotes of this fascinating and unique place
Venice Jewish Ghetto – discover it with a mini guide visit to the synagogues with Kosher tastings
Ghetto di Venezia: Guided tour of the Chaim with a visit to the Synagogues and Kosher aperitif
Ghetto of Venice visits: Tour The Chaim (life!) special every second Sunday of the month!
If you are interested in this experience and would like more information do not hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to help you!
General admission 12 EUR/person;
Discount1: 10 EUR/person (for kids from 6 y.o. to students of 26 y.o. and groups of more than 20 people);
Discount2: 9 EUR/person for Venezia Unica cardholders (you will be required to show your card at the ticket counter);
Free admission for kids under 6, and personal attendants of disabled people.
From June 1st to September 30, 10.30 am to 5.30 pm; from October 1st to May 31, 10.30 am to 4.30 pm.
Included / Excluded
Admission to the museum and guided tour of the synagogues.
Whatever is not specified in “Included”.
Should you cancel the activity, a 10% fee will be withheld.
There will be no refund in case of a NO SHOW, i.e. not attending the experience at the time and place agreed for the experience to be carried out.
Other practical information
Experience suitable for everyone;
When reserved for worship, some synagogues may be excluded from the tour;
Upon booking, private tours can be in German, French, Spanish and Hebrew;
The admission ticket also includes the entrance to the Museum where no guided tour will be held;
The Museum is closed on Saturday;
The last tour on Friday could be shorter, or cancelled, for liturgical reasons.
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