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Taste your way through the backstreet bars of Venice with this delicious food and wine tour. Follow your local guide to five 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 14 to ensure a personalized experience.

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
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 14 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!

This 2.5-hour tour provides a great introduction to the distinct flavors of Venetian cuisine. Make your way to Campo de la Maddalena to meet your guide and the other members of this small-group tour. Your first stop is a nearby 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 and stop at the historic, open-air Rialto Market, where many Venetians shop for daily fresh produce and seafood.

Visit three 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.

Customer Reviews

Thais A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Elisabetta was a great guide. Great way to see where the locals hang out. Loved it!!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

WE MET GIAVONNA AT THE MEETING POINT, AND OFF WE WENT INTO PARTS OF VENICE WE NEVER KNEW EXISTED. SHE WAS DELIGHTFUL, FUN AND WE LOVED EVERY MINUTE. A REAL HIGHLIGHT FOR OUR TRIP TO ITALY.

Phyllis W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour was fantastic! Simona was a warm, friendly, knowledgeable guide who walked us through some less traveled Venice streets and gave us the time and incentive to blend as a group before we started drinking and tasting. We visited 4 wine bars and had a different aperitif and appetizer at each. She taught us how to do the chichetti scene on our own and gave us the business cards of the places we visited so we could return on our own. Afterward she helped us find the transport we needed back to our hotels. If you want to find out how the locals eat and drink on a budget, you want a primer on local drinking customs, or you are a traveler who wants to spend the evening with friendly travelers, this is the tour for you.

mevalente58

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Amazing tour! Lots of great food and wine! A wonderful way to experience the food culture of Venice!

Paula6252

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We had so much fun with this tour. Would defiantly do it again!!

Bruce M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The tour guide was great and the food and wine were very good. I also liked that we got to try five different food and wine parings.

Antoni W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

well worth doing for inside guide to Venice

Megan P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was a fun activity to see lesser known/touristy areas of Venice all while sampling delicious local food and wine. A great way to get a taste of the local culture.

Angela A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Very interesting tour with information and advice on the area along with wine and food.
Friendly informative guide.

Ruth C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Simona was an excellent guide for this tour. Friendly and informative, she took us to some interesting bars in the vicinity of Rialto where we tried a different wine in each one along with a variety of cicchetti. All were really delicious. Altogether a thoroughly enjoyable evening in the company of some lovely people from around the world. Definitely recommended.

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