The essence of the Jewish community lingers on the cobblestone streets of northern Italy, connecting Ashkenazi and Sephardic traditions that have blended into a distinctively Italian culture. Small synagogues have survived the test of time and the largest synagogue in Europe remains a prominent fixture in the Trieste skyline. Timeless gates have etched memories into the antique buildings on pathways that lead to impressive churches. Your custom tailored tour of the Italian Peninsula offers you...
Venice – Arrive in the Grand City on the Lagoon with an Introductory Tour
The Jewish community and traditions have had an effect on the world over, from Israel to the United States; however, the community in Venice set a standard both for how they lived and by what the community experienced, and these stories are yours to unfold. Venice is a city of romance and mystery set in the distinct heart of a famous lagoon. Your flight will land at Marco Polo International Airport where your private transfer will await your arrival. At the shore of the illustrious Grand Canal, you will meet a private boat ready to take you to the dock of your lavish hotel located on the island of Venice.
The city of Venice is, in fact, more than 100 islands connected by a series of arching bridges, beneath with boats travel daily. The Grand Canal stretches two miles long and offers views to elaborate churches and decadent palaces as wooden plinths rise out of the water to support walkways and antique homes. Before traveling to your hotel, your boat takes you on an introductory tour of the canal.
Travel past the captivating dome of Santa Maria della Salute and alongside the palace of Ca’ Grande. The structure was erected in the mid 16th century with a High Renaissance design and Ionic columns wrap around the ground floor with Corinthian columns that decorate the façade of the second floor, combining for an impressive image of the Cornaro family’s former wealth and power. Venice presents its history with pride and elegance, embodying a community proud of its past and eager to share stories of its former wealth, prestige, and regulations.
Venice – Discover the Jewish Ghetto and Visit the Islands along the Lagoon
Venice – Relish a Historical Tour of Venice’s Opulent and Iconic Sites
Venice – Visit the Jewish District, Historical Art, and Lavish Villas of Padua
Venice – Explore the Piazzas, Alleys, and Majestic Past of Verona
Venice – Traverse the Palaces and Streets of Trieste and Enjoy a Wine Tour
Venice – Depart for Home
- Embrace the flavors and cooking styles of Cucina Ebraica, which stands for Italian/Jewish cuisine
- Stroll through the historical Jewish Ghetto of Venice, the first of its kind, which gave rise to the term
- Discover the largest synagogue in Europe in the city of Trieste, which combines a variety of Jewish cultures in the architecture
- Traverse the Brenta Canal to view the stunning villas that once belonged to Venetian nobility
- Explore the quiet streets of Padua to find a diverse array of Jewish contributions to a city ripe with knowledge and artistry
- Relish the enchanting streets of Verona, home to standing Roman ruins and an elaborate mixture of legend and history, including a connection to its once-substantial Jewish community
- Visit Italy’s only extermination camp located inside the city of Trieste for a better understanding of Italy’s participation in World War II
- Indulge in the beauty of the countryside along the Italian Peninsula during a relaxing and delicious wine tour
- Witness the stunning history of Venice as embodied in the opulence of golden mosaics of St. Mark’s Cathedral and dramatic frescoes of the Doge’s Palace
The cities of northeast Italy embrace their connection to the Jewish community throughout the centuries as the contributions of the Jewish culture are highlighted with local museums and commemorations of what once was. Your 7-day Jewish culture tour offers an in-depth discovery of the past and an immersive experience in the current communities found in Venice, Padua, Verona, and Trieste, from the exoduses around Europe to the comforting feeling of finding a home in Italy. Your journey will begin with your arrival in Venice, the city on the lagoon. Your private transfer will meet you at the airport and escort you to the edge of the Grand Canal. Step aboard your boat for a private tour of the canal’s culture, architecture, and art before you settle in at your luxurious hotel on the main island of Venice.
The next day, your guide will provide a private tour of the Jewish ghetto and the distinct Venetian neighborhoods before you traverse the islands of Murano and Burano. Delight in the traditional cultures highlighted by the various districts, along with a demonstration of the coveted glassblowing practice on Murano. The following day, your guide will offer you context to the Jewish community in a larger Catholic world by taking you on a tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. In the evening, you will embrace the local culture with a private cooking class focused on the blend of Italian and Jewish cuisine.
You will spend the next day in the city of Padua, following in the footsteps of the once prominent Jewish community. Visit the former ghetto, find the preserved synagogue, and admire the remarkable architecture and art before you board your boat on the Brenta Canal set for the Venetian lagoon. Stop at a collection of villas for insight into the wealth and power of the old Venetian nobility before you reach Venice. The following day, you will set out for a full day tour of Verona to traverse the historical city center, which showcases its elaborate history rooted in the Roman Empire.
Follow your guide to trace the past and present lifestyle of the Jewish community. Travel to Trieste the next day to discover the largest synagogue in Europe. Enjoy your exploration of the city’s history, unique to its borders, and visit Risiera San Sabba, the only extermination camp erected in Italy during World War II. Before you return to Venice, you will enjoy a pleasant ride through the countryside to visit a renowned vineyard. Conclude as your private transfer will meet you at your hotel and lead you to Marco Polo International Airport for your flight home.
$1,920 per person (excluding international flights)
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