Venice - the Jewish ghetto and the secrets of the North

the Jewish ghetto and the secrets of the North

(161 reviews)
North Side, Venice, Italy
30 mins

About the tour

Interesting fact? Venice is home to the oldest Jewish ghetto in the world. But that's not the only oldest thing Venice has - it's also home to the oldest casino in the world! Why and how did ghettos and casinos start in Venice? These are only two mysteries we'll be exploring as we meander through the canals of the city. We may even discover a secret passage into a masons' church; hopefully, we won't be seen...

Meet your local guide


Andrea might be one of Venice's most entertaining tour guides. Why do we say that? Well, you don't have to look far to see him jamming out on his guitar singing songs in the Venetian dialect. “I like to introduce myself as a tour guide, a freelance journalist, and a real Venetian (one of the few that has remained),” he says fondly. He loves music and has played with Italy’s most popular reggae singer, and performed in front of a massive crowd of 15,000 people during the carnival at St. Mark’s Square. He tries to mix information, historical facts, and funny quirks about the city into his tours. “There’s a lot about the city that people don’t know. There are words they use that come from Venice (ciao, ghetto, ballot, quarantine), and objects and inventions (the first pair of glasses, the first pocketbook). Even when people write, they use punctuations that were first used in a book here,” he remarks. He likes to think of his tours like a small show - with a bit of music, some rhythm, and sometimes with an experience down the Grand Canal with a gondola. So make sure to have your drinks and snacks ready for your time with Andrea! “I’m so lucky to live in a city like Venice that has so much to offer, above all “under the surface” of the most famous places to visit. I’m eager to know more and more about my city, and I know that people feel my passion in sharing my hometown with them,” Andrea says.

Andrea has been guiding since Dec 2012

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Venice with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 30 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Venice. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Lorraine G.

20 February 2021

Very well done

Barry S.

20 February 2021

It was fantastic.

Cheryl M.

19 February 2021

Loved Andrea's tour. I've "traveled" with 2-3 companies, I really like the immediacy of Virtualtrips! I admire the abilities of the tour guides to walk/talk/respond to questions in real time! I like the special tour features, like the ghetto in Venice! I had no idea that ghettos existed decades ago. I didn't feel like I missed the traditional Venice tour either; Andrea made sure that he included the canals and information about flooding, along with the history of the specific area where we were walking! I asked him for info about his tour groups; I enjoy following up with checking out tours offered before the Pandemic and how I might connect when travel resumes.

Ewa S.

19 February 2021

Great guide and a fantastic tour in the most beautiful city in the world.

Marsha C.

19 February 2021

Definitely enjoyed this tour.

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