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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

Roy G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

First Class from start to finish. Francessca was just great

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

What a great tour. We started off learning a little about Venice and getting our bearings, then a short gondola ride over the grand canal and we started to eat and drink. Our guide Francesca was great and the 6 Cicchetti bars we went to were really good. We tried to find our favorite one on another night but couldn't find it so take notes! Highly recommended.

pat.platts

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

This one was awesome

Brian G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

This was an absolutely fantastic tour. Claire took us to areas of Venice we had not been to before and we learned so much about current and past daily life in Venice. The establishments we visited were great, the food and wine was fantastic. I highly recommend this tour.

Barrie J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

Our guide was excellent ! She was entertaining and very pleasant company! Highly recommend this most interesting trip during your stay in Venice !

JulieTung Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

Loved this! Wine was awesome and food was awesome! Giovanna are guide was so informative and super friendly. She recommended restaurants and places near our hotels and it was just a very super fun experience!

Jane A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

We had a wonderful time with our group and our guide, Elizabeth. We learned so much about Venice and its food and customs. I would highly recommend this tour to others. We had so much fun- I'd love to do this tour again!

sjokeefe

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

This was an absolutely fabulous tour! Our guide Elisabetta was very informative, and gave us wonderful information for things to see and do the next day. We never would have been to any of the places if she had not shown them to us. They were very local, and served local wines as well as typical small bites/appetizers that were unique to the region. I highly recommend this tour.

Valerie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

Claire, our guide, was wonderful. She is full of historic information and great sense of humour. We all had much fun with her.We saw all the hidden gems, ate and drank well and I couldnt imagine a better evening. By the way- this is my 8 time to Venice and thought I would take the tour because it sounded interesting. Iit was Fabulous!- Valerie Ribaro

lori.larsen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

This was the highlight of my entire Italy trip. Elisabetta was wonderful!

Shauna H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

This was an incredible experience. We arrived in Venice at noon and I had pre-booked this trip to encourage us to stay up to get on their time zone. It was a nice sized group of 12 people. We met up at a designated area to meet our guide Francesca. Each wine bar we toured we were treated to a glass of wine and some local appetizers. It was nice to leave the touristy areas and soak in and learn about the culture and way of life. We really enjoyed this tour, honestly it really was a highlight of our trip and I would highly recommend it. Do it early on in your stay to get the layout of the city and local flavour. Francesca gave us insights to the culture, history, lifestyle that we would not have understood if we were just walking around. Thanks Francesca for a wonderful evening!

Steven S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

It was a great tour. More walking that I anticipated, but we learned more about the city. The guide was great!

V.J. A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

A great way to experience Venice.Elisabetta shared with passion her knowledge of the city its fine food and wine in special places.For us it was one of those special tours

Darren S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

We had a great time, definitely recommend it to anyone. Bernadetta was a great guide.

Matthew J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

Excellent in a word, cheerful guide Elizabetha fun fellow tourers, a nice mix of places visited though surprisingly close together so not the walk to generate an appetite we were expecting. A great way to get a feel for this area of Venice and gave us ideas for the next days, when we revisited a couple of the venues and found other interesting areas. The five glasses of wine definitely had the desired effect by the end of the 2 1/2 hours and good value overall.

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