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Tour code: 5965CICCHETTI

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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.


  • 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Guide was very good, very informative. We also met some very nice people on the tour, it was truly enjoyable!

Joanne D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our host Simona was great and there was plenty of food and wine to taste. A great way to experience Venice.

lochin s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

it was a great 2.5 hours. time well spent on walking around and trying different Chicchetti. we did end up going back to one spot and ordering a bottle of wine. standing outside, drinking and people watching was a perfect way to end the evening.

Diane W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Francesca was wonderful! We had a great tour!

Diane W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Francesca was wonderful! Great tour!

Jeannie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Giovanna was an AMAZING guide and I highly recommend this tour! What a fantastic way to experience Venice. Definitely try to take the tour at the beginning of you visit to Venice. It and #39;s super informative and great fun!

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.

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