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Key Details

  • City: Venice
  • Duration: 2hrs 45min
  • Start Time: 10.30 AM

Tour Highlights

  • Join us on a gastronomic adventure spanning two sides of the Grand Canal. You’ll visit four of the best eateries in Venice, learning how to find great food in the Floating City.

  • The best way to understand the history of Venice is through its food. With your guide you’ll visit the famous Rialto Fish Market & more, learning about the culture of the city.

  • All-inclusive pricing means we’ve covered the price of your cicchetti, wine, fritti, pasta and even the gondola we use to cross the Grand Canal. So you can leave your wallet at home.
Enjoy wine & food on our Venice Food Tour Wine and paninis Sample authentic Venice foods The best sandwiches in town Sample foods you may not try on your own Venetian snacks Enjoy local wines as well as snacks Learn how to order on your own Rialto Fish Market Learn how to choose the freshest seafood Rialto Fish Market, at the heart of Venice Rialto Fish Market Rialto Fish Market Visit a local fruit & vegetable market Rialto fruit & veg market Fresh artichokes at Rialto market

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LEARN ABOUT THE FOOD AND CULTURE OF VENICE

Venice has a food culture quite unlike anywhere else in Italy – or the world, for that matter. There is no farmable land here; so no meat, dairy or grains. Originally constructed of wood, the whole city was a fire hazard; so no wood-burning ovens for pizza. As a trading city though, Venice did have access to spices from around the world, not to mention endless access to fish.

On this small group Venice Food Tour, you’ll get to the heart of the city through its stomach, dispelling those vicious rumors that there’s no good food in Venice. Of course there is, you just need to know where to look!

VISIT THE RIALTO FISH MARKET & BEST CICCHETTI BARS

Who better to lead your Venice food tour than a local Venetian foodie? You’ll meet near the Rialto Bridge and start your culinary adventure as Venetians have for centuries – at the Rialto Fish Market. This is where the seafood restaurants in Venice buy their fish daily, deciding their menus based on the day’s catch. It’s also where you’ll first come to grips with the strange quirks of island living.

Your first food stop is one of our favorites. This bacaro is a popular gathering spot for locals thanks to its unbeatable cicchetti and a mean spritz. You’ll try two items of your choice here along the local wine, prosecco, and spritz. We would highly recommend the baccalà, a salted cod dish served here whipped, slathered on bread and so fresh it will knock your socks off.

Next up is another great cicchetti bar. Like the Spanish tapas, cicchetti is a food form synonymous with Venice. Although menus change daily, they are usually dominated by crostini; slices of bread with various creative toppings; panini, which we know as sandwiches; and fritti, or fried food – mostly fish and vegetables. Cicchetti are a big part of Venetian food culture, as the perfect snack for fisherman, who arrive home from sea around 9am and settle down in their favorite dark bars for a bite to eat and a glass of wine.

CROSS THE GRAND CANAL TO EXPLORE DELICIOUS, HISTORIC CANNAREGIO

You won’t just eat as the locals do, you’ll travel like them too! Hop aboard a gondola to cross the Grand Canal with your guide, disembarking by Ca d’Oro (or the ‘Gold Palace’) in the historic neighborhood of Cannaregio. While tourists clog the streets between Rialto & St. Mark’s Basilica, Cannaregio is where locals congregate. Historically the Jewish Ghetto, it’s the most historic and storied part of the city, as you’ll learn from your guide.

Settle down in this lovely neighborhood for yet another glass of wine and a plate of the city’s best fresh fish pasta.

GREAT FOOD DOESN’T END WITH YOUR VENICE FOOD TOUR

Before you part ways with your local expert, they’ll give you recommendations for restaurants and bars to suit your palate, so that you can continue eating and enjoying Venice like a local. They’ll give you tips on how to avoid the more touristy restaurants and where to seek out the best food at the best prices – and what to try when you get there.

Traveling in small groups of only 15 people throughout your tour, you’ll find it easy to engage with your local guide, and to ask all the questions you can think of. With their help you’ll learn about Venice through its incredible food, and manage to avoid those pricey, mediocre meals your friends warned you about.

Sites visited

  • Rialto Market
  • Authentic cicchetti bars
  • Great Venetian restaurant in Cannaregio

Included

  • All food & wine tastings
  • Short local Gondola Ride to cross the Grand Canal
  • Expert local tour guide
  • Small groups of 15 people or fewer

Reviews

5-stars from over 415 Customer Reviews

We loved it!
Our guide had excellent local knowledge. His knowledge and professionalism encouraged us to book other tours with Walks of Italy
The tour was informative and fun. We luckily had our guide to ourselves so it was very personal. Thank you very much

Important information

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements

Because so much of the food on this tour is chosen by you, it is perfectly suitable for most preferences (such as vegetarians). Please be aware though that there is a lot of bread, batter and fish used in Venetian food so coeliacs in particular may not find much to eat. As in all Venetian cuisine, there is also a considerable emphasis on fish.

For those with food allergies or other special requirements, please notify us prior to reserving your visit and then again, as soon as you meet your tour guide. We will do our very best to accommodate you and find suitable alternatives.

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We loved it!
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Barbara was an absolute delight! Her passion for Venice was evident. We were a private group of 10 people. We were met on time at the scheduled location which was easy to find. Barbara was full of local information and not just about Food! She helped us understand many of the Venice cultures and habits. Her sense of humor matched ours which made the tour extra funny! I wish we had taken the tour on our first day in Venice as we would have understood more what we were seeing as we got "lost" on the streets of Venice. Which was the best part! Something fun around each corner. I highly recommend this tour! And if you luck out and have Barbara as your guide you got an extra bonus!
Our guide had excellent local knowledge. His knowledge and professionalism encouraged us to book other tours with Walks of Italy
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The tour was informative and fun. We luckily had our guide to ourselves so it was very personal. Thank you very much
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The guide was very knowledgeable about Venice and the history of Venice. We enjoy learning about the city as well as sampling the food. The amount of food was good - not too much and yet we were able to get a good taste of the different types of food.
Ketty and the tour were wonderful....What a delicious way to experience a lively Italian Saturday morning in Venice! The two stops for food and wine before the main lunch were authentic in every way...the Rialto Market was a cook's dream....how we wished we could have bought and cooked with the beautiful array of fresh produce and fish... quite amazing....we highly recommend this as a unique departure from museums, and churches and the like...though we enjoyed them too. Very impressed with the knowledge of your guides and their sincere love for what they do and their beautiful city...You felt like you were touring with a friend who had something really special to share ...Thank you...
This tour was spectacular! Absolutely not-to-be-missed!
We really enjoyed our walking tour with Stephania. She was so knowledgeable and shared a lot of information about Venice with us. Would highly recommend.
Brilliant tour loved the anecdotes about Venetian life.
Francesca was wonderful; very attentive to the group and full of knowledge for us. It was so enjoyable having a small group. Will definitely recommend Walks of Italy.
Excellent tour and tour guide
Jennifer was positive and provided great information about the food of the region and gave us good things to look for during our trip to Venice. The gondola across the canal was great at knocking off any anxitiy to using the service later in the trip. Prego
This was a great tour that allowed us to see a lot of Venice - parts we typically wouldn't have seen. Additionally, the Guide was terrific. The Guide new Venice like the back of her hand, provided lots of detail and history, and spoke wonderful English. As for Customer Service the meeting place was easy to find, payment was easy, and it started on time. We were able to try a number of small dishes and taste a number of wines in places we would have walked past if trying to do this on our own. We would recommend this tour.
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Kristina was amazing!! Having an insider's perspective to Venice and learning which spots to go for the best food/wine was such a wonderful experience. Well worth the money and highly recommend doing it at the beginning of your time in Venice so you can go back and enjoy more of the spots she mentions along the walk!
I was in the group with Christina She was excellent
Great tour, our guide was awesome, funny and engaging. Loved seeing Venice from someone who had grown up there!
Excellent food tour of Venice Stefania was very knowledgeable and personable Very good choices for sampling Venetian cuisine and we went back to some of those places during our visit Thank you very much!
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Perfect walk, with some food and drink, lots of history, and great tour of back roads!
Cristiano is an excellent guide - really enjoyed this Food tour. He provided a good mix of fun, interesting facts and a great in-sight into Venetian culture. Also food was delish. My only regret is that I didn't book another walking tour for the remaining days I was in Venice.
Our tour guide Chris was very professional and informative. Alot of foodie tip. We enjoyed our tour with him. Highly recommended
Francesca was the best!
Barbara was a fantastic guide who gave us many interesting facts on the area we toured. We especially loved all the unique food tastings.
Great tour! We enjoyed our guide and the small group, and the people we met.
Kristina was a delightful host. Knowledgeable, personable and willing to help or answer any question. We had a great time on the tour, and learnt so much about Venice in the process. Thanks Kristina.
This tour was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed the food and seeing the different areas in the vicinity-the fish and produce market and the wine bars. Kristina was knowledgeable and provided us with other information to help us enjoy our stay in Venice. Would highly recommend this tour.
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Kristina was awesome! Very informative. We were exposed to quite new and interesting food and toured the market. Really enjoyed the experience.
We had an incredible time on our tour of the food markets of Venice. Ketty was a brilliant guide, engaging, informative, and very much proud of her incredible city. We cannot recommend this tour highly enough. We are so very glad we spent our first morning in Venice on this tour.
Franchesca was great
Roberta was a wonderful guide, and we enjoyed all of the extra information she gave us, in addition to the food info. The small group was great - just 10 of us - so it was easy to keep together. Overall, a great tour! Thank you.
We did Venice Food Tour on Thursday morning 13th September..our first morning ever in Venice. 10.30am start near the Rialto bridge. Roberta was our guide and she is fabulous. As a Venetian is was obvious from the start that Roberta is very proud of her heritage. A fabulous guide, fabulous personality and quite sad to say goodbye to her at the end. We also met other travellers from the States and Canada and we very quickly became acquainted. We were introduced to Spritzer..now we have at least one a day 👍🍷. My favourite tasting experience was the Squid 🦑 Ink Pasta..fabulous. We would definitely recommend Walks of Italy Venice Food Tour: Rialto Market, Cannaregio, Gondola, Food and Wine tour 5 star 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Thank you Christina! This tour was one of our favorites.
Our guide was brilliant! Really enthusiastic, entertaining & knowledgable. We really enjoyed it!
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Our Guide was wonderful, extremely pleasant and knowledgeable. Thank you very much for a great Tour.
We have used “Walks” for visits in Rome, Florence, Sienna, and Venice. Each and every one outstanding, informative, and fun.
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Excellent tour with very friendly and knowledgeable guide, Francesca.
We loved our guide! She went above and beyond and knew so much about the city.
Francesca was a excellent tour guide. She was very knowledgeable and a lot of fun!