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Small Group Venice Food Tour: Cicchetti and Wine

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Venezia, Italy
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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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 (own expense)
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures personalized attention
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
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.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
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.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Canal Grande
We cross the Grand Canal as part of the tour in the traghetto gondola boat. It’s an experience to discover the main water canal of Venice and see how the life goes by in the “highway” of the city.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mercato di Rialto
Once in Rialto, the food tasting can begin! A briefing on local products at the market (only available in the morning tour) preceeds our first stop at a small eatery, owned by a group of young locals with a passion for experimenting with traditional recipes, giving them a modern twist. Expect dishes such as black ink calamari, polenta with seafood or seasonal vegetables (served in elaborate dishes).
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cantina Do Mori
As part of the tour stops, this “bacaro” or Cicchetti venue is among the oldest in Venice. Dating back from the 1462 (before the discovery of America!) is one of the main places for the markets vendors to have their lunch break over a glass of local wine and a cicchetto snack. We will stop here for a glass of local produce wine and a traditional Venetian cicchetto. Your guide will show you all the historical features in the venue while you taste all the local food and wines.
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ponte di Rialto
A few secret and hidden spots near the Rialto are up next, which will demonstrate the importance of moving just one street away from the tourist hordes, to get a little slice of Venice to yourself. The tour will end at the iconic Rialto bridge, which is surrounded by great restaurants and shops. Your guide will be happy to help you with recommendations for continuing the fun or with directions to help you back to your accommodation.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free

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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.
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Great experience
mms294
, 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.
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So much fun!
rickartusi
, 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!
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No cancellation flexibility
JerryandMary-Belmont
, 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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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
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Wine Tour - Venice
rissamarin
, 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.
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good experience
mommab784
, Nov 2019
our tour guide was great. she stopped and explained things as we walked along. lots of food. totally enjoyable.

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