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Experience Venice like a Local: 5 Cicchetti and 5 Wine Stops

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Taste your way through the backstreet bars of Venice on this delicious food and wine tour. Follow your local guide to 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 12 to ensure a personalized experience.
  • Visit 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 gondola and glide across the Grand Canal
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures personalized attention
  • This tour is carbon neutral, operated by the world’s largest travel B Corp accredited company

What's Included

  • Friendly Local English-speaking guide
  • Enjoy 5 Food and 5 Drink Stops on a Walking Tour
  • Drink 5 Glasses of Local Wine
  • Taste 4 Cicchetti dishes and 1 dessert
  • Cross the famous canal on a traghetto gondola
  • Discover magical Venice with a local by your side
  • Get personalised tips for the area's best bars and eateries.
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Casa Vacanze Venezia - Campo della Maddalena, Campo della Maddalena, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy

Return Details

  • Campo San Bortolomio, Campo S. Bortolomio, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

    Campo San Bortolomio

What To Expect

This tour provides a great introduction to the distinct flavors of Venetian cuisine. Make your way to meet your guide and the other members of this small-group tour. Your first stop is a 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 (own expense) and stop at the historic, open-air Rialto Market, where many Venetians shop for daily fresh produce and seafood.

Visit 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.

Casa Vacanze Venezia - Campo della Maddalena

This tour is the perfect introduction to Venice, giving you an overview of the city’s unrivalled history and a taster of its world-famous cuisine. We are starting our tour in one of the most historical squares in Venice. It’s chimeneys are iconic as are one of the few left in the city and the Round Church of La Maddalena is part of the masonic history of Venice.

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Cannaregio

We will walk in the Cannaregio neighbourhood, one of the few remaining residential areas of Venice, known for being a popular afterwork meeting spot for thirsty locals. We will take a gentle stroll around and chat about its 1,000 year history and your local guide will offer suggestions on other things to see and do during your stay.

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Additional Information: There may be a change of itinerary according to opening times of bars and restaurants along the way depending on how crowded they are. However, all the bars you are taken to are of the same standard, so you will not be missing out if the itinerary does change.
  • All the stores and foodie spots we visit are 100% owned and run by locals, ensuring that the local population benefit from tourism to their city. So any inclusions on the tour and additional purchases you make will directly benefit the local community.
  • We will take you off the main tourist trail to some of the many hidden gem neighbourhoods beyond St Mark's Square, helping to ease tourist congestion,
  • You will pick up some responsible travel tips that will help you to be a greener traveller while you’re in the city
  • Please note that starting February 1, 2022, the additional activities, including day tours, previously allowed with a basic green pass now require a super green pass. A Super Green Pass is valid up to six months from the time of the most recent vaccination (fully vaccinated). Please check your vaccine certificate and make sure you are within the 6-month time limit from your second dose or booster shot, before joining the tour.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Travellers aged 18+ must produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination on Intrepid Urban Adventures tours. Children aged 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted no more than 72 hours before your tour, proof of recovery dated no more than 9 months or proof of vaccination.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Operated by Intrepid Urban Adventures - Italy

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Experience Venice like a Local: 5 Cicchetti and 5 Wine Stops?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travellers

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Experience Venice like a Local: 5 Cicchetti and 5 Wine Stops?

A:The policies on social distancing are:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Experience Venice like a Local: 5 Cicchetti and 5 Wine Stops?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Traveller Tips


Lots of walking on this tour so wear your most comfortable shoes- and there really isn’t a chance to sit down.
We highly recommend this tour, but do it early in your Venice stay, to try the places we went to, and avoid the more touristy places.
When it's bad weather, would be nice to have indoor options!
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Great time
james_k, May 2022
Brilliant guide, very knowledgeable. Amazing food and drink everywhere we went. She made us feel like one of the locals
Don’t think I would recommend
Megan_Q, May 2022
We did have an okay time, our guide Camilla was amazing and I couldn’t recommend her as a guide enough. However I wouldn’t actually recommend this tour due to the price and what’s included for the price. I thought we were getting 3 hours of wine tasting and food tasting and a guided tour, which we did get however the whole thing felt so rushed we only got to sit down in 1 of the locations making it extremely hard to actually enjoy the food and drink it just felt like we were rushed. Tour only lasted 2 hours when advertised it said 3. For £90 per person I cannot and will not recommend this. My auntie actually did this exact tour in 2019 and paid £60 and loved it so much she recommended it to us however I cannot do the same. It was a real shame.
Response from Host, May 2022
Hi Megan – we appreciate your feedback. We rely on our travellers' feedback as it's a first-hand insight into what is happening on our trips. This allows us to review and make improvements where necessary. Given this, we are sorry to learn that certain aspects of your trip which let you down. Megan, we would like the change to learn more about what happened and make it better for you. Any time a customer feels let down it hits use hard. If you can please reach out to our Customer Care team with your booking details on customercare@intrepidtravel.com We’re are here and we’d love to make this up to you.
Camilla is the best!
Diane_M, May 2022
Camilla is a born and raised Venetian and gave us a wonderful introduction to Venice. She is knowledgeable of Venetian history and the role different foods played in the evolution. Highly recommend!
Great tour!
Sedona_S, Apr 2022
Camilla was our tour guide and was amazing. Really. She took us to places that we had walked by and didn’t even notice before. She was a great host for the city, very informative, very passionate, very helpful. Some of the reviews we had read before booking said to try to do this one of the first nights here and that makes sense. She gave a lot of helpful tips that we would have otherwise looked over.
Would definitely recommend
pattersonlindsey, Feb 2020
We absolutely loved this tour - highlight of our trip! Our guide Bea passed on lots of interesting information and great tips for the rest of our trip! Would definitely recommend.
Great experience
jennifer_s, Dec 2019
Included a very short gondola crossing ride, the bridge/market. Thoughtful selection of types of restaurants and foods that progressed through the night. The guide was fun and made sure to include everyone. Would do again.
1 traveler found this review helpful
So much fun!
Rick_A, Dec 2019
Our tour guide Ludo was excellent! She was very knowledgeable about the area and all the places she took us. We learned a lot about Venice history, food, and wine while having a great time. Our group of 6 enjoyed all the food and wine we were given. We would highly recommend this tour and specifically our guide Ludo!
No cancellation flexibility
Jerry_C, Dec 2019
I fell into the canal upon arrival and was not feeling up to the tour. We knew we were too late technically to cancel. Our hotel concierge called and we were told to email a given address. We did so when we got home and were flat out refused.
Great food tour of local food & wine establishments
Judy F, Nov 2019
The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable of the area. She introduced us to several local establishments that offered wonderful cicchetti's & wine. It was a fun event.
Great your and guide
kennethdreyhaupt, Nov 2019
A combination tour of Venice and 5 dining delights. I was worried that each place would have the same food as the others but each establishment was unique. Our guide was knowledgeable and interesting.
Great tour!
mwelch1028, Nov 2019
This was an amazing tour! From our guide who had so much great and interesting Information about the small tastes to the City of Venice, I would highly recommend this tour. We visited quite a few very small bacaro’s and had many tasty bites that really filled us up. The spots were hidden and really no where we would have found on our own! If you are looking for something fun and worthwhile to do while in Venice, choose this tour!
Small Group Venice Tour: Cicchetti and wine
Adventure107419, Nov 2019
The tour was really informative the Cicchetti and wine samples were really nice I would recommend this tour as a way of finding information and meeting new people
1 traveler found this review helpful
Wine Tour - Venice
Rissa_M, Nov 2019
So our tour guide was honestly really great. She gave us a little history, was friendly and quite informative. The only thing was, for the price you pay, I’d say this tour is too short. We were there for a little over 2 hours, tried several wines, were fed some good cicchetti, but I feel like I was left wanting more. We all ended up grabbing drinks after, which was nice, but I don’t feel like I got to appreciate the food and drink enough. So yeah, a little pricey but definitely a good experience.
good experience
mommab784, Nov 2019
our tour guide was great. she stopped and explained things as we walked along. lots of food. totally enjoyable.
Venice Cicchetti and Wine tour
jomacinvic, Nov 2019
Our group of 6 really enjoyed this tour that took us to places in Venice we would have never likely ventured to experience an evening out with the locals savoring tasty food and wines. This is a walking tour but also don't expect to sit - most of the taverns are small and don't allow for a sit down. Enjoyed the bits of history along the way as well.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Delicious!
Alex L, Oct 2019
Giovanna was a wonderful tour guide - entertaining, full of good conversation, humour and insight. We went to great locations for a variety of delicious food and wine. They felt off the beaten track and not too mainstream, authentic and quite varied in the types of places we went. The right amount of walking. Finished in a great bar for us to carry on at afterwards. Highly recommend this tour.
Great tour!
marissabrowndvm, Oct 2019
We loved this tour! The wine was great and we had a lot of fun interacting with all the people. Francesca was very knowledgeable and we had a good time with her. Unfortunately the local cuisine of Venice did not agree with us, as most of it was all very soft and creamy and we did not enjoy the texture. We did very much enjoy the tour, however!
Great experience
Jessca B, Oct 2019
The meeting point was easy to find. Our guide, Ludo, was brilliant. She was very knowledgeable and shared some interesting facts and history as we walked through the different areas. All of the owners were very welcoming and the fact it was a small group was great. I definitely recommend this tour and especially Ludo if you’re lucky enough to have her as your guide.
Fun
Marilyn M, Oct 2019
Hard to find. It seems everything is in Venice. Have your cell phone and walking map app. The tour was interesting and tasty. Our guide was informed and helpful.
Awesome
Charmaine_K, Oct 2019
Was a well organised small group tour around the back streets of Venice. Claire our guide was knowledgeable and fun.
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