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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 14 to ensure a personalized experience.

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
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 14 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

Esther T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This is the perfect introduction to Venice for food and wine lovers, and those on their first visit. Francesca our tour guide gave us some of the history of this amazing city as well as some knowledge on the architecture. She steered us away from the more touristic spots, in favour of the quieter more local areas. The cicchetti was very good and varied, with only a few more local dishes that we not to my taste - although we did try everything! Keep the business cards for each of the wine bars that you visit, or you will never find these hidden gems again! If you do this trip, I would recommend going on your first day, it really gives you an orientation and introduction to the friendly and welcoming locals. Don't be afraid to try this tour if you have dietary requirements, just let your tour guide know as soon as you can so that they can make adjustments if possible to the cicchetti.Thank you Francesca!

Cat D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I really enjoyed this tour and was surprised at how young the group was. Amazing way to see a more and #39;local and #39; Venice. The venues were brilliant and the cicchetti delicious. Do this tour at the beginning of your trip to help you get into the Venetian groove.

Anthony F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our tour guide, Elisabetta, was amazing. She taught us a lot about Venice and took us to some great places where the wine and cicchetti were amazing. I highly recommend this tour.

Christine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Fantastic! Just what we expected based on the previous reviews. Claire was our guide and she was delightful, helpful, very efficient and made everyone feel welcome. Enjoyed the five places we visited and all the food and wine was delicious. Found a new favorite wine we hadn't tried before Soave and continued to drink it for the rest of our trip. We went on the first night we were in town and were happy we did because was a great intro to Venice. Claire also made a point of making recommendations to everyone individually for restaurants and even marked up our maps. We went to a couple of them and they were amazing! Would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting Venice.

Nicola M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We booked this tour as an activity for my friend's hen party and it was fantastic. Our guide, Francesca, gave us a great tour with really interesting commentary. All of the bars we then visited were great choices and the wine and cicchetti varied from place to place. We visited 5 bars in total and the timing was just tight. It was a fantastic experience and all ten girls in our party agreed. Thank you Francesca!

Lisa C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great tour! Our tour guide Francesca made the best of a rainy evening - only let down was the traghetto ride had to be cancelled due to the weather. Went to 5 or 6 nice local spots that we probably would have never found on our own. We were also happily surprised about how much we learned about Venice - not only food/wine related but a lot about the city in general. Proceed with caution if you don't like fish...otherwise we ate/drank some great food, met some cool people, and learned a lot.

Bea Byers

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our tour guide was amazing. Incredibly knowledgeable and the food and wine was tasty!

Janet C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Outstanding tour! Very interesting guide good food and wine. Well worth the price.

S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

We took this tour for the night of our wedding anniversary and it is something we will remember ! Thanks to our tour guide Simona. She was excellent, and her tour was really good and informative. She made excellent recommendations for places to visit and showed us several city districts that we would not know to see otherwise, and gave us tips and tricks for Venice stay. Thank you Simona!

Bobbie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

We had the best time group was amazing and simona our guide was the best highly recommend This tour

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