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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 July 2015

Excellent. The tour guide was very informative. We learnt a bit about the city and also about the food and wine. Highly recommended

Shermann D
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We met Francesca in the morning of this trip in a quiet part of Venice, she was immediately warm and friendly but the group was a bit quiet. This tour starts soft and easy and ends in the busy streets with great quaint bars and by the end we were all firm friends-mainly due to the array of drinks! Having visited Venice 5 times, this was a great trip to see new areas and discover what the Venetians like to eat and drink. It included a Gondola trip across the Grand Canal to the Market area. The whole tour was great fun and a great time had by all.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Best tour of the entire trip. The guide was wonderful, very friendly, and the food and wine were great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

A perfect start on our stay in Venice, with this excellent tour we learned where and what to eat, see and do - in this amazing city.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We very much enjoyed our evening with Elizabetta a proud local Venetian. She was an excellent guide, exposed us to the real Venice and her tips one street off and look up stayed with us for the remainder of the holiday. For our short stay in Venice, we were very glad we chose this over a gondola ride!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This is the best tour I have taken. Our guide, Elizabeth, was very knowledgeable being a born and bred Venetian. The tour of the back streets prior to our cicchetti and wine tastings was very informative and the four wine bars we visited were outstanding. The cicchettis and the wine were different at each very historic wine bar. A word of warning, do not have a late lunch and don't plan dinner! We could not finish our cicchettis at the last bar. This tour is very good value.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

One of the best tours we have done on our7 week trip around Europe! Wonderful guide, knowledgable and friendly. Highly recommended! The food and drinks were amazing and we even went back to the venues we stopped at.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

A great tour to get to know the streets of Venice you may not otherwise go down. The food and wine was delicious and having a tour guide who was born and raised in Venice was great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Tour was very comprehensive and full of information. The guide, Pete, was extremely knowledgeable, entertaining and responsive to the needs of the tour group. It was a great way to see a wide range and variety of things in one day!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

A really interesting tour of the little wine bars of Venice. Guide was outstanding in her knowledge and the way she lead the tour. Sorry I have forgotten her name

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