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The Cannaregio & Jewish Ghetto Walking tour takes you off the beaten path through the district of Cannaregio where not many tourists visit. You'll pass palaces, churches, beautiful canals, and bridges as you make your way to the heart of the Cannaregio district where the Jewish Ghetto lies. You will discover homes of famous Venetians and enjoy breathtaking views of the northern lagoon where you will learn about the role the lagoon played in the history of Venice. From the Cannaregio district, the second half of the tour will be exploring the famous Jewish Ghetto, a city within a city. You will learn about the Jewish community that lived here for several centuries and their role in the history of Venice. Entrances to the Jewish museum and synagogues are not included in the tour, but they can be visited after the tour because the tour finishes nearby in the Jewish Ghetto.
The Jewish Ghetto Food Tour allows you to explore one of the most charming areas of Venice while visiting more than six local eateries. You will visit an old coffee roaster, the Rabbi's house, historic synagogues, and an old traditional bakery where you will be served specialty biscuits and cakes. You will visit several other restaurants where you will taste tradition Jewish-Venetian dishes like Artichoke Bottoms and Sarde al Saor with kosher wine, and specialty pasta dishes. This tour is a fun and tasty way to experience the history, art, and culture of Venice.
This tour takes you around the vibrant city of Venice while experiencing the local neighborhoods and local food. Most of the stops you make on this tour are to family-owned businesses as the tour guides try and bring you to best local eateries and not just the places you find in a travel book. Venice offers diverse and unique dining experiences, but if you stay in tourist populated areas, you will only experience the tourist food. The point of Venice Bites Food Tour- Off The Beaten Path, is to get you eating like a local, and it is an experience you won't regret.
Nestled in the streets of the Jewish Ghetto is Panificio Volpe Giovanni, a kosher bakery offering traditional Venetian pastries such as fruit-filled Orecchiette di Amman, Bisce, donut shaped Zuccherini, and Sweet Azime. The bakery shuts its doors on Saturday’s so make sure to head there Monday to Friday to fill your sweet-tooth cravings.
For a kosher dining experience like none other, head to the Ghimel Garden. Ghimel Garden is sure to satisfy a wide array of cravings with its diverse menu, offering traditional chickpea-based falafel, a tomato-heavy stew of Shakshuka, creamy Italian pastas, veggie-rich salads, and herb infused fish. This restaurant is both vegan and gluten-free friendly and its menu is infused with Mediterranean and traditional "Jewish cuisine" influences. Ghimel Gardens organizes private dinners for Shabbat evenings and Saturday afternoons, as well as a catering service for Shabbat meals.
Frary's is a small, welcoming restaurant, frequently visited by both locals and tourists exploring the Chiesa dei Frari. This restaurant is extremely catering to those with allergies and food intolerances, with a varied menu that suites vegans and gluten free customers. You will find both Greek and ethnic Middle Eastern dishes including stuffed grape leaves, falafel, grilled meat, and baklava. The flavors are so rich, for a moment you might even believe that you are eating in the center of Israel or on a Greek island.
Sabrina was born and raised in Venice and has always been interested in the anthropology of traveling and tourism. She has worked in the tourism business since the early 90's, mainly working as a guide in Venice, but she also leads seminars and volunteers for A.F.S. and the European Federation for Intercultural Learning. Sabrina offers a variety of tours for groups with a variety of interests.
Luisella has worked as a registered tour guide in Venice since May 2000, when she was officially certified by the Regione Veneto. She is also a member of the Association of Registered Tourist Guides in Venice and the National Association of Tourist Guides in Italy. After graduating from the University in Venice Ca’ Foscari with a degree in Foreign Languages and Literature, she traveled abroad where she continued to study art and history. Luisella loves meeting people from around the world and hearing their different perspectives. She loves working as a tour guide and is looking forward to helping you discover Venice.
Fiona was born and raised in the beautiful city of Venice where she attended school and graduated with a degree in Foreign Languages and Literature from Ca’ Foscari university. She started working as a professional guide in Spring 2000 after obtaining her licence from the Regione Veneto. Since then, she has worked with clients from around the world leading tours in art and Venetian palaces, by foot and on boats, and to both classical sights and hidden gems around the city.
Hotel Moresco has been designed to make your stay unforgettable. With an elegant garden and relaxing study, you'll find plenty of places to have a drink and unwind from a long day exploring the city or at work. In the study, you'll find a cozy leather armchair where you can sip on a glass of wine in front of a warm fireplace. By picking up one of the many books in the library, you can immerse yourself in the fascinating history of Venice. You could explore the hotel and hang out all day, but don't forget to check out the city as well, and Hotel Moresco will be waiting for you when you return.
The 15th-century palace, that is Ca Sagredo Hotel, was declared a national monument and functions today as a museum, luxury hotel, and noble residence. Inside you will find a magnificent ballroom and beautiful marble staircase, and outside you can view the wonderful canal and the historical Rialto Market. The hotel’s 42 Venetian styled rooms and suites are sights to behold in themselves, filled with and calming and inviting atmosphere. Don't forget to take time to dine in the waterside L'Alcova restaurant with terrace over the Grand Canal. The restaurant follows a "Back to Nature" approach, serving a tasty variety of Venetian dishes from fresh ingredients and local sources.
At Hotel Londra Palace, you get all of the luxury and character of a historic hotel with the highest quality amenities and top services. The hotel's 100 windows have been overlooking the San Marco Basin for over 140 years, and the hotel contains 53 unique rooms. Besides the Sam Marco Basin, there is also an outstanding view of the Venetian Lagoon and the historic city's bell towers and rooftops. Loris Indri is the artistic chef of Do Leoni, the hotel's traditional yet innovative restaurant that provides exceptional dining services. The hotel is also just moments away from Piazza San Marco and the Bridge of Signs, but is easily accessible to the rest of the city by water buses and taxis which can be found opposite the hotel.