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

Venice Food Tour: Cicchetti and Wine

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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 October 2015

This was my 4th visit to Venice but this tour opened my eyes to a new food and cultural experiences. Our guide Elizabeta was excellent in very difficult circumstances do to poor weather. Professional, patient willing to share her knowledge and love of Venice with we temporary visitors. The bars we visited were excellent - the food and wine fabulous. For an insiders view of Venice this is the tour to take. I can't wait to go back.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I would highly recommended this tour. We went to small local places that we would have never found on our own and had good local wines and food. Our tour guide Lole was very knowledgeable of the area. She was from Venice. Great time!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour was GREAT!!! Elizabetta was a wonderful guide through Venice. She not only explained the food and wine at each stop, but also paused along the way, speaking very well of the Venician history and culture. The quantity, quality and variety of food and wine is extensive. No need for lunch!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was a very fun tour. Great info about Venice, great food and wine tastings!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We booked this tour while in Venice and it was a lot of fun. We met lots of nice and interesting people. The tour guide, Giovanna, was terrific! The food and wine selections were all excellent. We would definitely recommend this tour to others who may be considering it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Domingo was awesome! Knowledgeable, entertaining, and friendly. Loved the tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great. A lot of fun and our guide was wonderful. We could never have found the hole-in-the-wall places without our knowledgeable guide. We even got a short gondola ride across the Grand Canal!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We took the cicchetti tour our first night in Venice and were glad we did. It gave us significant historical perspective as well as a clue to the local neighborhoods and restaurants that Venice offers. The food and wines were delicious and varied. We would absolutely recommend this tour, and would do it again ourselves. Don't miss this.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

One of my favorite tours ever! I've been around the world, and granted, the varying excursions can be like comparing apples to oranges, but this just ranked as one of the unforgettable tours. It was just fun to try the different wines and cicchetti in the various atmosphere. We learned that cicchetti is the Venezian word for what we know as Spanish tapas. The people of Venice have their own language apart from Italian. The group first started out not talking much, but during the first stop we got all comfortable and cozy with one another's company. That made is so much more fun. Our guide was informative and I liked the tour because it helped to familiarize us where we were for later exploring. She gave us good pointers on where and how to visit something else. We also got to go on a gondola to cross over the canal. It was just a great night and our favorite excursion of our 3 week tour thru 10 European countries.....Salute or Cin Cin!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fun tour that not only included the food and wine but also some of the off the beaten path areas that provide a better view of Venice. Great Tour!

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