5 star rating: Highly Recommended 238 Reviews

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  • Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration:  2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Discover the locals’ favorite ‘cicchetti’ bars in Venice, enjoying the city’s famous tapas-style dishes with an expert guide! The exciting 2.5-hour food tour includes visits to five atmospheric wine bars, a walk around Rialto Market and a short Traghetti (Traghetto) ride. Choose from a morning or evening tour and sample plates of the Venetian snacks – known as cicchetti – in each bar. Try local specialties like marinated seafood with polenta, and sample regional wine and prosecco.

Numbers are limited to 12 on this small-group tour, ensuring personalized attention from a guide.

Highlights

  • 2.5-hour Venice food walking tour with a food-loving local guide
  • Visit five of the city’s best cicchetti bars, famous for their Venetian tapas-style dishes
  • Savor small plates of local specialties like marinated seafood with polenta
  • Hop aboard a Traghetti (Traghetto) and glide across the Grand Canal to Rialto Market
  • Enjoy regional wines and sparkling prosecco with the food
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures personalized attention

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What You Can Expect

Venice Food Tour: Cicchetti and Wine

Learn about food and wine in Venice from an expert guide!

Meet your guide near Campo de la Maddalena, a small Venetian square that’s remained almost unchanged since medieval times. Admire the houses with pretty chimneys that throng the square, and then start your walking tour with a visit to a historical bar – formerly an old charcoal store – that specializes in cicchetti.

Different to the typical pasta and pizza cuisine that so many associate with Italian food, true Venetian gastronomy takes its influences from the coast and the plains that surround the city. The carb of choice is polenta – yellow cornmeal served grilled or wet – and seafood is an almost permanent fixture in many meals.

Chat with your guide about Venice and its food while snacking on small plates of juicy plump olives and marinated seafood served on wedges of creamy polenta. Then, continue your stroll to Strada Nuova, a busy street in the neighborhood of Cannaregio, to visit an 18th-century bar famous for its plates of polpette (spicy fried meatballs). Sample some of its popular varieties, and then hop aboard a Traghetti (Traghetto) for a quick ride along the canals.

Cross the Grand Canal, Venice’s major water-traffic corridor, and cruise into the Rialto area, stopping at Rialto Market for a glimpse of local life. Many Venetians buy their produce here, and the market’s bustling stalls are filled with fresh seafood, as well as vegetables and fruit.

Browse the wares, and then stroll to a bar in the center of Venice for more wine and cicchetti, sampling regional wines and sparkling prosecco. Continue to a couple of nearby bars to try their specialties, and then finish your tour on the steps of Rialto Bridge – an iconic Venice attraction.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We were met by the lovely Yole at 11.30am on the dot, after introductions there were only 5 of us on this tour we set of on our excursion. Yole was very informative about the wines, cicchetti, establishments we visited and their history. After a short walk and short boat ride across the Grand Canal we reached our first destination. Contrary to some other reviews I would say that the wine and cicchetti provision was just right, we managed 5 different inns in our time, each serving different kinds of cicchetti ranging from creamy salt cod, to sardines and stuffed olives. There was something for everyone. We didn't come away hungry but equally we didn't feeling tipsy, just a really good balance. I would highly recommend this tour, you went to places in Venice that you might otherwise miss especially if you were only on a short break as we were.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great to see a more Venetian side of this tourist hot spot and Claire our guide was friendly, welcoming and full of information. Good value and great fun. I would highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Simona, You rock girl, we started our retirement celebration in Venice and thanks to you and this tour it will certainly be extra special

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our tour guide was the perfect choice for our evening. We arrived tired and hungry and hot in Venice and met the tour. She was fresh and lively - willing to laugh about her adopted city. Shared loving stories about the people who really live in Venice. The cicchetti were fun - different - foods we would not have ordered and the 500 year old bars were priceless. We had a lot of alcohol - interesting flavors- but she was quick to give water since it was very hot. And she taught us how to interact with locals- language - riding the traggetti. A perfect evening to liven us up after lots of travel!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Fantastic tour guide and value for money. Met some really lovely people.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our Venice Food Tour: Cicchetti and Wine was fabulous. Simone was our tour guide and we had the best time and met several couples, one of which was going on the same cruise as us. Simone was friendly, professional and lots of fun. We were a little late to the meeting spot and she was so gracious about the wait. We would definitely recommend this tour to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

excellent food and wine tasting around market area -tour guide Elizabettha was excellent

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our guide was knowledgable and friendly, with great sense of humour. The evening was well organised and we met some lovely people. Wine and food was top notch, and this was the highlight of our visit to Venice.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

if this is your first time in venezia, highly recommend taking this tour at the beginning of your stay. was surprised how much we learned about the history brief but informative, navigating through the streets and across the canal, the fish and produce market, and the food and wine. our guide elisabeth? was informative, welcoming and a lot of fun. tours are limited to 12 , so it was easy to meet everyone in the group. after the tour, we revisited every stop she showed us... more than once : highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our guide Claire was absolutely wonderful. She was quirky, intelligent, sharp, and just fun to be with. We thought the appetizers crostinis, salads, and fried tapas were nicely balanced, but the wines just didn't add up. There were two white wines that were plain bitter. The prosecco was acceptable, as was our sparkling red wine and sweet dessert wine, but the cabernet was very alcohol based and had a twinge of aftertaste. I loved the choice of cantinas and the history behind Venetian culture, and for the price, we felt we got what we paid for, and then some. Claire is a treasure and made our experience fun our only regret was that we didn't do this tour sooner at the start of the trip, as we would have patronized those places earliere.

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