Venice is a unique city not only because it literally floats on the water but also because it is made up of a several archipelagos and islands that together design the plan of the city.
Among these there is the Giudecca, the biggest island of the lagoon. It is a district of Venice composed of 8 minor islands located in the southern part of the historic city center. This area is crossed by a canal that bears the name of Giudecca, too. The name probably refers to the Jewish origins of the district. In fact, it seems that two synagogues were built here. They were destroyed during the Eighteenth century.
Giudecca is a very quiet neighborhood because it is little frequented by tourists. Many locals live here, and above all students and young professionals.
This is the reason why, in the Giudecca district, it is possible to find several restaurants and bars where to eat as the Venetians do. So, Giudecca is the ideal place where to have a Venice food tour and discover the traditional dishes of Venetian cuisine.
A Venice food tour in the Giudecca district
Even if it is far from the city center, while walking through the Giudecca district it is possible to discover and enjoy great monuments and architectural beauties of historical interest.
Among them there is the Chiesa del Redentore. The church was built as a votive gift to thank God of the end of the plague that struck the city in 1576. It was built according to the project designed by Andrea Palladio. Palladio was the pseudonym of Andrea di Pietro della Gondola, an Italian architect from the Republic of Venice, well known for his theories about the Renaissance architecture.
A few steps far from the church there are several restaurants and bars where you can taste the typical dishes of Venetian cuisine. This is the place where you Venice food tour can start.
Look carefully between the alleys and the canals: you will see many small, informal and welcoming venues. In these places you should taste different fish-based specialties, such as spaghetti allo scoglio or baccalà alla veneta. Prices are low compared to the most central areas of the city. This is the reason why the locals spend here their lunch break and their aperitivo time. So, you can be sure that in the Giudecca district you will eat like the Venetians do.
What to know if you want to visit Giudecca by foot
Giudecca can be easily reached with the public transport lines Actv.
An ideal starting point for your walking tour of the island is the minor island Sacca Fisola. It can be reached with the public transport lines numbers 2, 4.1, 4.2 and N.
When in Sacca Fisola you will cross the large Lavraneri wooden bridge and then you will meet first Molino Stucky. It is the ancient mill of the city. Today it is a luxury hotel.
The Chiesa del Redentore is a few steps far from the Molino. In the surrounding area you can also admire the majesty of the ecclesiastical complex named Chiesa e Convento delle Zitelle. The church was designed by the Palladio as many other minor churches on the 8 islands. The building was commissioned by the Jesuit Benedetto Palmio as a place where to assist poor girls.