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

Venice Food Tour: Cicchetti and Wine

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.


  • 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 November 2015

This tour was just fantastic! My husband and I went on it on our fist night in Venice. Our tour guide, delightful French gal, was so pleasant, funny, smart and informative. She showed us so much of the city. The stops were diverse and awesome. And she gave us excellent restaurant recommendations.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was a blast! Our guide Claire was very knowledgeable and fun to be with. The cicchetti and wine was excellent. Great way to experience places you'd never find on your own, and learn about the local scene and history, all while drinking great wine and eating delicious food!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Interesting history and facts, great food and wine

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Travel Guide Elizabeta was excellent. This is exactly what we were hoping visits to various pubs in Venice would be like. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The guide was knowledgable and the food and wine choices superb! We came for the food, but got the added benefit of getting to tour the out of the way areas of Venice at night. What a magical experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Loved the tour we received on out the way places to enjoy appetizers with matching wines, our tour guide was friendly and very knowledgable about the community we were touring with very good english.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This lunchtime tour was one of the highlights of our trip to northern Italy. Our guide Giovanna, a native Venetian, started with a tour of Canareggio and a number of tips of how to see Venice best. She led us to the Rialto Market area by crossing the Grand Canal on a traghetto and brought us to five bars. In turn each served us wine and cicchetti, small hors d'oeuvres size snacks. What a delicious outing. Our group was international, from the US, England, Australia and Colombia, and sociable. The only negative was waiting for a couple who was lost to arrive at our starting point. Giovanna was knowledgable, friendly and made sure we were happy! It was more efficient and fun than it would have been to go on our own. If we are so lucky as to go to Venice again, we will probably take this tour again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour! We took 4 tours on our trip and really enjoyed this one. Unfortunately we did this one on our last night in Venice and wish we would have done it in the beginning of the trip so we could have gone back to some of the restaurants. Highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Exceeded expectations...would highly recommend this tour.
Group very small, food was excellent and the wine delicious.
And the guide was genuine.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We really enjoyed this tour. We went to some of the oldest establishments Venice and had really good food and wine.

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