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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

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!

Ruth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was our second time a year later taking the exact same tour. The tour visited five cicchetti bars in the Rialto area following a walk through Canareggio, a more residential and less crowded neighborhood. Our guide was personable and helpful to all. The cicchetti are what locals snack on mid-day and delicious. Our guide asked about dietary restrictions and was largely able to accommodate preferences, such as those who don't like seafood. Overall the variety was great and my husband and I found everything delicious. The wines were different at each stop and we found a couple we really liked! The day we toured there was a strike of most public transportation so the vaporetti weren't running. That made getting to the meeting point take longer on foot but didn't impact the tour itself or the Grand Canale crossing that is part of the tour.

Judy L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

We loved every minute - Our guide was wonderful and we went to places we would not have found on our own.

annewbowers

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

loved the tour quide, the food, the wine and the people....best part of the trip!

Ashley L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Best tour we did on our entire European trip! Simonea was an AMAZING Guide!! The other couple on our tour cancelled and the last minute so it was just me and my Boyfriend. We went to so many local gems! I booked it for the beginning of our stay in Venice and so glad I did. We went back to some of the places for the great food and drink during the rest of our stay. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

Catherine G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

It was lovely to see another side of Venice and get the local perspective and history from our guide Simona, who obviously loves her beautiful city. Food and wine were great with warm and friendly local bars full of character. Our nice small group of nine ended up being friends and posing for a group photo. This was a highlight of our two weeks touring Italy and shouldn't be missed.

Gillian Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

A great experience to try local wines and foods. Guide was efficient, friendly and kept us on schedule. Highly recommend....just be careful about how much wine you drink before going into glass-blowing establishments :

james

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great experience and guide! A good start the the holiday and an excellent way to feel more comfortable wondering around like a local.

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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