Cannaregio: art and history

Discovering hidden gems

Cannaregio is a lovely quiet residential area of Venice, less crowded than the main tourist sights but full of interesting art and history. A pleasant stroll here will reveal that Venice has much more to offer than St Mark’s Square.

You will start the tour with your guide in Campo Santi Apostoli where, after being aknowleged a little bit about Venice, you will walk to reach Campo dei Gesuiti. Here a wonderful church and a very unusual location, the Oratiorio dei Crociferi, will open their gates to welcome you, before starting a new walk to a big and impressive door, where a surprising lady will show you the way to the past and for a while you will be out of time and space…

Back to the present and back to your way, your walk will proceed to the small beautiful churches of Sant’Alvise and Madonna Dell’Orto (this latter known as Tintoretto’s church), you will see Campo dei Mori and the house of the Arab merchants, whose stories will suprise you, you will meet lots of local people still using the traditional dialect to talk to each other, old ladies out for groceries, children playing in the streets and students running to their lessons.

Also, in the heart of this “sestiere” was created by the Serenissima in 1516 the first Jewish ghetto in Europe. All the Jewish people in Venice were forced to leave their homes wherever in the city and move to this area, where they could practice very few activities. The ghetto was connected to the rest of the city by bridges with gates, which were closed at sunset. You will learn how they used to live, pray and work. Their life was totally different from any other Jewish at that time, and it went on like this up until 1797, when the ghetto gates were demolished by the Napoleonic army.

And in the middle of all this history and art and food for the mind, you cannot miss some food for the body! A significant role in Venetians’ life is played by “Bacari, “cicheti” and “ombre”. Want to know what does this mean? Come on in and discover it yourself!


IMPORTANT NOTE: - the Oratorio dei Crociferi will open ONLY upon request and the opening will need an advance     reservation of at least 7 days. Please book this tour accordingly.


Departure: every day upon request

Duration: 4 hours

Meeting point: Campo Santi Apostoli

Campo de l'Abazia

Campo de l'Abazia and the old church of Misericordia

Campo and church of Madonna dell'Orto

The street where one of our associate was born

Fondamenta dei Ormesini

Gesuiti church

Jewish ghetto entrance

Very high buildings in the jewish ghetto

Signs left by the gates in the Jewish ghetto

Specialties: Jewish pastry

Kasher bakery

Campiello de le scuole in the old ghetto

In memori of the Jewish passed away during the war

Bridge connecting the old and the new ghetto

Recovery for the older and studying in the ghetto

Old Jewish money loan office

The new ghetto, Campo del Ghetto novo

Sign indicating the new ghetto and its bridge

Bacaro Ae Bricoe "Porchetta cut by hand and home made beer"

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Cicheti with salmon and red Treviso chicory

Cicheti with mortadella and pistachio

Cicheti with salami

Two red ombre

Selection of cicheti at the bacaro Ae Bricoe

Cannaregio: where children still play in the street

Misericordia School

Misericordia canal

Original Venetian floor in front of the church of Santa Maria dell'Orto

Camel on the façade of Palazzo Mastelli

Palazzo Mastelli, known as "Camel palace"

Chiodo bridge

Guglie bridge and Cannaregio canal

Sign indicating the Cannaregio bridge, also named Guglie

Church of S. Alvise