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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 12 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 12 people or fewer

Reviews

5-stars from over 353 Customer Reviews

This was a great start to our weekend in Venice. Francesca was the perfect guide, always attentive, friendly and informative. The places we visited were well chosen - good food and wine. Highly recommended
This tour was a great introduction to the Venice food scene and tour through the narrow the streets. We returned after the tour and purchased fresh fish, vegetables, cheese, and fresh herbs from the local markets and stores. Excellent way to immerse ourselves into the culture.
Loved the tour. Our guide, Barbara, was wonderful. So friendly and knowledgeable.

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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Cristiano brought up a lot of history and interesting anecdotal information that nicely illuminated the tour! He was not blessed with the most adventurous group of eaters. My wife and I were a bit surprised that others who had paid for an eating tour were not more adventurous, and willing to try the different tastes provided. But we enjoyed it very much.
This was a great start to our weekend in Venice. Francesca was the perfect guide, always attentive, friendly and informative. The places we visited were well chosen - good food and wine. Highly recommended
This tour was a great introduction to the Venice food scene and tour through the narrow the streets. We returned after the tour and purchased fresh fish, vegetables, cheese, and fresh herbs from the local markets and stores. Excellent way to immerse ourselves into the culture.
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Loved the tour. Our guide, Barbara, was wonderful. So friendly and knowledgeable.
Our group of six enjoyed all the stops snd particularly our delicious pasta lunch. Jennifer was an interesting good humoured guide with good information.
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Fabulous tour Christina! She was fun and knowledgable. Food was GREAT! Loved having a smaller group.
Your guide was excellent.. With passion and enthusiasm for food it was a wonderful exploration through the streets of Venice sampling some amazing food and exploring this historic city.
Francesca is one of the finest guides we have ever retained - all six members of our party agreed. Knowledgeable, engaging, committed to customer delight.
We loved Roberta!!! Animated, engaging and knew just what we would be interested to know about eating and social life for Venetians. We didn't mind the rain because she kept us engaged and was very sensitive to finding ways for us to stay dry! The food vendors were delightful and I thought the portions provided were just right--not too much but plenty for everyone to taste. The Aperol spritzer at the beginning of the day was a nice touch! Thank you for a wonderful gastronomic experience of Venice!
First let me say that I enjoyed this tour immensely. Roberta, our guide was engaging, knowledgable with a lovely sense of humor. Her descriptions of the food and the culture of the food was informative and gave us a sense of how the food culture developed. Starting with the Spritz, the wine and the couchette with the Bacala and ending with the squid ink pasta and the sardines the food was excellent and Roberta made the food experience fabulous with her explanations I loved the tour of the market and especially the fish market. Once again our guide made that part of the experience special. The tour was interactive because of our guide and you should feel especially fortunate to have such a guide on your staff. Kudos to Roberta
Luca was fabulous!! Great guide.
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Barbara was an excellent tour guide! She was amazing! We felt like we’d lived in Venice all our lives after this tour! An incredible experience. We are so glad we took this tour!
Barbara was an amazing host
Had a great few hours with Francesca, wandering the streets in and around Rialto. Nice mix of history and food venues. Very generous with the wine, which was delicious! Francesca was absolutely lovely, very knowledgeable, and keen to share restaurant, shop and other sightseeing suggestions. Would recommend to all visitors to Venice, gives you a great insight into local life.
Enjoyed the tour!!! This was my fourth tour with walk of Italy, and each tour was fantastic!!! Thanks for making my vacation very special June Ramsey
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Roberta was entertaining and knowledgeable!
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Francesca was lovely. She really made the tour terrific.
Barbara was fantastic! Very knowledgable about her city and the food the Venetians eat. She had great English and was very easy to understand. For my sister who has some walking issues and wears hearing aids, a mic with earphones might have been helpful and the city is a working city with lots of background noises making it difficult for her to hear a lot of what was said. Loved the places she took us and will definitely return to them, then next time I'm in Venice. Food and drinks were yummy. I do recommend that you stress that there will be a lot of seafood given as there were a handful of people who don't like seafood and wouldn't even try it.
This was a wonderful tour and our guide Francesca was a pure delight. She shared interesting stories and history in a very engaging way. The cicchetti and vino were delicious and the restaurant where we had lunch was one that tourists would never find on their own, tucked away down an alley right on the Grand Canal that served a delicious local pasta in a charming ambiance. I would highly recommend this tour!!! Thank you Francesca!!
Francesca was very informed and an enthusiastic emissary for her bella citta and its food.
Guide was lovely and friendly. This was the last of my 5 tours I did with Walks of Italy and each one was wonderful. Did tours with other companies and doesn't compare. Walks of Italy does the best tours
Franceasca was amazing, she had so much knowledge and enthusiasm for her city and the tour. The venues were amazing. An amazing way to spend a morning seeing Venice
Enjoyed all the information and great food. Cristiano was a great guide.
Cristiano is an excellent guide for this group tour! He took the time to learn a little about everyone on the tour, and was a charming, intelligent and highly competent guide. He clearly loves the city of Venice and he speaks with pride and authority about its history, its geography and its food. His English language skills are also excellent! Regarding the tour itinerary: great places to see, great places to eat and drink (wine AND Aperol spritzes!) and great company. You will leave this tour with a smile on your face, an appreciation for the food and drink of Venice AND a full belly!
Absolutely fantastic tour with Barbara.. we didn’t want it to end .
Meeting point was exactly as described in your web site. Our guide Francesca was friendly, knowledgable and enthusiastic about everything Venetian. She shared the history of Venice and the original market as well as its current offerings. She explained the drinks and foods of the market and made the tour enjoyable. She was without a doubt one of the best tour guides we have had. Tom and Karen Gullotti
I'd like to thank you for this tour, I liked it very much! And special thanks to the guide!!!
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The tour was great fun - a really nice way to see Venice and experience some delicious food and wine. Our tour guide Barbara was very knowledgeable and gave us a lovely insight into Venician culture.
It was an excellent morning (even in the cold and wet!). From start to finish it was interesting and entertaining with wonderful samples of Venetian food and wine. Jennifer was a first class guide.
Awesome tour! I was the only one who showed up for this so it was like a private tour. The food was delicious and the guide was also very good.
Very interesting, loved the historical Information to go with the food and drink.
Was a fun and informative tour!
A wonderful tour of an area I had not previously explored in Venice. Food was excellent.
Barbara was simply amazing.
It was a really nice tour. We enjoyed Barbara and the stories she told. She kept us moving and everyone got to know each other. The only thing we didn't really love about it was the lack of variety of foods to try. We basically had 4 ciccheti and a plate of pasta. It was all very good, and the stops were fun, but many food tours include a wider variety of foods and more stops.
Excellent experience! Francesca is a fun, great guide, we learned a lot from her!
A lovely experience for our family. It was our first Venice food tour. We loved the Chichetti and lunch. Cristiano, the tour guide was very informative, patient and a great guide. Thank you very much for organizing such a tour. We wished though that there was a little more time to pop in to some of the shops for a quick shop.
Francesca is a gem! She made us feel welcome and treated us like family. It was great getting all the inside information from a Native !! Had a great time and cannot recommend her enough. !!
This was an incredible tour. Delicious! Roberta was amazing! She is a true Venetian... So much information to offer.
Excellent trip with a lovely guide. We really enjoyed it.
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