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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

fisherjoann81

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had a great time on this tour. The 5:15pm tour guide Francesca was sweet and very educated in her history of Venice. She took us to 5 bars who offerred varied Tapas and a normal glass of wine. I expected a small cup but in the end I couldn't keep drinking the wine! Thank you Urban Adventures.

Ian S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great guide and a tour that puts you into the character of Venice. The food and wine options were plentiful and the group helped make a wonderful evening for us. Not to be missed!

Hersh S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Interesting. Worth the price.

Anita S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent tour! Our tour guide, Joevanna, was excellent!

Kate W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We did this tour with our two teenagers and we all loved it! Our guide Bette was fabulous - very knowledgeable, friendly and entertaining. We felt like we'd made a friend and learned how to enjoy Cicchetti small snacks! by the end of the evening - our kids tried foods we'd have never expected them to like and enjoyed all of them! Thank you Bette!!

Aaron T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We went on the Cicchetti and Wine tour and it was a highlight of our time in Venice! Our guide, Giovanna, was like a fabulous hostess of the city of Venice. She did a fantastic job leading our group of about 10 people through the neighborhoods including crossing the canal on gondola, giving us fun insight from a local perspective along the way, engaging with the group, and taking us through several places to try wine and cicchetti small plates like tapas.

At each location she was able to smoothly find us a place where we could gather and socialize while she got the food and wine out for us all and enjoy a variety of different foods and wines. We ended up getting to chat with almost everyone in our group and just had a great time overall, staying at the last place long after the tour ended! This tour is a great experience and value, given how the price includes so much food and drink.

rtcsanet

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

An incredible experience, our guide Elisabetta Betta was amazing, she has lived her whole life in Venice and was so warm and friendly to everyone. She even took us on a Gondola ferry on the way to our first bar so we got to experience a gondola ride without paying. Each bar was incredible and unique, some date back centuries. Each stop we enjoyed a different local wine and cicchetti. Both the food and wine were amazing. You will not need dinner as there is so much food your ablsolutely stuffed in the end and in total we got 5 full glasses of local wine plus a dessert wine at the end so factoring in that the tour only goes for around 2 and a half hours you may want to bring some bottled water to sip in between glasses of wine.

dsholderness

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Simona was our guide and she was great. She did a nice job talking about the area. Enjoyed all the cicchetti and wine. We later returned to 2 of them for more food and wine. Felt very local.

Charles M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Givanna was a brilliant guide and the whole group mingled and enjoyed the wine and food varieties that Venice had to offer. We got off the crowded streets to enjoy great tappas and drinks. I cannot recommend this highly enough. I would do it again in Venice.

Stef

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Claire was a great tour guide. Highly recommend!

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