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  • Location:Venice, Italy
  • Duration:2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Venice Food Tour: Cicchetti and Wine

Taste your way through the backstreet bars of Venice with this delicious food and wine tour. Follow your local guide to five different ‘enotecas’ (wine bars) to discover where local Venetians go to drink and mingle. At each stop, sample regional wines and Prosecco served alongside plates of the popular Venetian appetizers called ‘cicchetti.’ Group size is limited to 12 to ensure a personalized experience.


  • 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!

This 2.5-hour tour provides a great introduction to the distinct flavors of Venetian cuisine. Make your way to Campo de la Maddalena to meet your guide and the other members of this small-group tour. Your first stop is a nearby bar that occupies the former site of a charcoal store. Soak up the historic character and sample cicchetti such as marinated olives and polenta wedges topped with seafood.  

Stroll over to the Cannaregio neighborhood and duck into an 18th-century watering hole on the bustling Strada Nuova. Sink your teeth into some of the bar’s famous polpette, or spicy fried meatballs. From here, cross the Grand Canal on a traghetto passenger ferry and stop at the historic, open-air Rialto Market, where many Venetians shop for daily fresh produce and seafood.

Visit three more bars in central Venice, each with unique atmospheres and specialty cicchetti. Taste different varietals of regional wine and toast your Venice vacation with a glass of sparkling Prosecco. At the end of your tour, say farewell to your tour guide and fellow food lovers at the iconic Rialto Bridge.

Customer Reviews

Jane A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We had a wonderful time with our group and our guide, Elizabeth. We learned so much about Venice and its food and customs. I would highly recommend this tour to others. We had so much fun- I'd love to do this tour again!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was an absolutely fabulous tour! Our guide Elisabetta was very informative, and gave us wonderful information for things to see and do the next day. We never would have been to any of the places if she had not shown them to us. They were very local, and served local wines as well as typical small bites/appetizers that were unique to the region. I highly recommend this tour.

Valerie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Claire, our guide, was wonderful. She is full of historic information and great sense of humour. We all had much fun with her.We saw all the hidden gems, ate and drank well and I couldnt imagine a better evening. By the way- this is my 8 time to Venice and thought I would take the tour because it sounded interesting. Iit was Fabulous!- Valerie Ribaro


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This was the highlight of my entire Italy trip. Elisabetta was wonderful!

Shauna H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This was an incredible experience. We arrived in Venice at noon and I had pre-booked this trip to encourage us to stay up to get on their time zone. It was a nice sized group of 12 people. We met up at a designated area to meet our guide Francesca. Each wine bar we toured we were treated to a glass of wine and some local appetizers. It was nice to leave the touristy areas and soak in and learn about the culture and way of life. We really enjoyed this tour, honestly it really was a highlight of our trip and I would highly recommend it. Do it early on in your stay to get the layout of the city and local flavour. Francesca gave us insights to the culture, history, lifestyle that we would not have understood if we were just walking around. Thanks Francesca for a wonderful evening!

Steven S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

It was a great tour. More walking that I anticipated, but we learned more about the city. The guide was great!

V.J. A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

A great way to experience Venice.Elisabetta shared with passion her knowledge of the city its fine food and wine in special places.For us it was one of those special tours

Darren S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We had a great time, definitely recommend it to anyone. Bernadetta was a great guide.

Matthew J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Excellent in a word, cheerful guide Elizabetha fun fellow tourers, a nice mix of places visited though surprisingly close together so not the walk to generate an appetite we were expecting. A great way to get a feel for this area of Venice and gave us ideas for the next days, when we revisited a couple of the venues and found other interesting areas. The five glasses of wine definitely had the desired effect by the end of the 2 1/2 hours and good value overall.

Mark O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Our guide Elisabetta was delightful and full of knowledge. This tour is well worth doing, we discovered wonderful characteristic bars/small restaurants and a side of Venetian life you wouldn't normally see. We only wish that we had done this at the beginning of our stay.

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