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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

Lisa B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Loved this tour. Simone was a great guide. After the tour, we went back to our favorite spots for more cicchetti and wine.

gfwaters

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Mastering cicchetti is important for any extended stay in Venice. This tour took out some of the mystery so it was very worthwhile.
Our tour guide, Elisabetta, struck a good balance providing good information and commentary. Other useful learnings - how to take the traghetto.

Kinzie Winfield

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We loved this tour, we have been to Venice probably close to 10 times and this was by far the best experience yet! You get a more local look at Venice, touring bars that have been around forever! The food is mostly seafood, but the tour guide is happy to make dietary and preference changes for you! We had Simona and she was so sweet and friendly and knowledgable about Venice! Would highly recommend! Worth every penny!

sarah W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

The Best Way to Experience Food and Wine in Venice the way the locals do. The Tour Guide was extremely informative. She provided history on the island, landmarks, people and food. She gave tips on how to best do Venice. She's Venetian but spoke excellent English, making our experience super easy. If you're a foodie and you enjoy tasting new beverages this tour is a must do!

april.streets

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This tour was absolutely amazing. Our guide, Simona, was the BEST! She had tons of information about the neighborhoods, the food, each of the places we stopped, Italian wine. I consider this tour a MUST for anyone traveling to Venice. We would absolutely do this tour again if we are ever back in Venice.

Tiffany L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Honestly one of the best tours we did!

Markus D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Very good guide that was knowledgeable and helpfull

John L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was the highlight of our 3 week Europe excusrion and Cruise

Angela M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

I would do this again. Will be visiting Venice next year and I will be booking this trip. Total highlight of our week. The guide was nothing short of amazing and ensured we had a fabulous time. We loved her! Met the most amazing people during this tour and we really bonded. The memories from this tour will stay with us forever. Food and wine awesome. My husband hates wine and I thought I would get his but no he loved them all. Obviously Venice has the best wine! Let them know in advance if you have any food intolerances or allergies and they will cater for you. Advise at time of booking and tell guide at the beginning of the tour. Superb value for money. Don't hesitate in booking this tour.

Frank S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was unexpectably a fantastic tour! We enjoyed every minute and wished it wouldn't end. The cicchetti were different and delicious and Elizebetta was an outstanding guide. We loved this tour so much we are doing it again next Summer when we return to Venice!

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