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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 318 Customer Reviews

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.

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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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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Our guide was great....we got to drink alcohol at 10am...lol. But seriously...we loved the history lesson and all the extra little details she provided on housing, streets, events etc. We especially loved that she encouraged us to leave our comfort zone and try foods that we normally wouldn't select but also provided back-up options for those that weren't inclined. Great tour!
Excellent tour, highly recommend this for interest and value for money. Francesca was brilliant - really knowledgable and easy to talk with if we had questions, and the group size of 12 was just right for everyone to hear the info being shared. Including the traghetti ride, the spritz, prosecco, cicchetti and spaghetti lunch with wine (all delicious), this really was a taste of Venice in a morning. My only suggestion is for the visitors- if you take the trip outside the main season, please wrap up warm! I was fine, but some of the group were seriously underdressed and consequently very cold when we were not on the move!
Barbara was informative, funny and full of personality! Thank you for a great tour
The tour was very interesting as well as tasty. I would recommend the tour.
This tour was the highlight of my week in Venice. Barbara, our guide, took a miserable wet day and turned it into an interesting delightful experience. I not only enjoyed the locations visited and Barbara's insightful explanations,but felt I had a better understanding of Italian lifestyle and culture. I will recommend Walks of Italy to my traveling friends and sign up for a tour in the future.
It was a very enjoyable and informative event. Barbara was very nice. We had a very good time. I was very pleased that the walk took place even with just one person/customer. And that I was contacted when I was lost and not on time at the meeting point.
We had the best time! We would have never learned about the bacaros the way we did without this tour. Definitely recommending to friends and family!
Christina was FANTASTIC! We have done many tours, she was one of the best guides we have had! She knew an incredible amount about the history of Venice and the food! I even got step by step directions on how to prepare a dish which I have done several times now at home!!! I will use your company again and recommend because of her!
The tour content was exactly what we were looking for! Barbara was so friendly and informative and just great company. We will definately do another tour with Walks of Italy.
I have now been on three Venice Food Tours with "Walks of Italy" and this one was the BEST because the guide, Francesca, was so interesting and informative. She did an excellent job! Also, we liked very much the restaurant at the end where Francesca took us. Thank you!
Food could have been a bit better
Barbara is fantastic, knowledgable,and very personable!
Barbara was insightful and very entertaining. Very pleased with the content and service.
We ended our four country cruise in Venice. There were four of us together on the food tour. After discussion, we decided that the walking food tour was the highlight of the 10 day trip. Our guide, Barbara, was delightful. Informative, funny, energetic, - made the tour so fun. We liked the small group size - it was easy to hear the guide, keep up with the group and get to know people. The food was wonderful!
We really enjoyed the tour! The food and wine were great - and we learned a lot!!
RRobert. Was a very well informed Venetian , she gave all of us a superb tour which I am sure lasted longer than it should ... she was very friendly, and the food and wine stops were brilliant along local culture and lifestyle ... I enjoyed the prosseco ... As I don't eat meat the places we visited were very accommodating for me . I did try the black pasta ., and the salty fish ... everybody loved it but at least a felt comfortable enough to try .... thank you and see you next year .... Jane Bennett-Jones
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This tour was a great way for us to finish our time in Venice, as we left for the train station afterwards. Francesca was an excellent guide, who not only had great information about the different food markets/restaurants/food choices, but also provided some great history about Venice in general, as well. She was very pleasant and the food choices were great. We had told Francesca at the beginning of the tour that I would have to leave early, as we were getting our luggage out of our apartment on a late checkout situation and had to be there by a certain time, so we wouldn't incur a late fee. She was very accommodating with that, by starting the tour 15 min. early and letting the restaurant know that I had to leave early. They made sure we had our lunch first, so I could leave and the timing was perfect! As was the pasta with the cuttlefish black ink sauce!!! We highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Venice. Gary
Barbara was a delight. She looked after all of us and was very professional. I appreciated the opportunity to try something I would not have thought of trying, whipped cod, and to learn a great deal more about Venice food. The spice shop was a good tip; I went back there later and bought most of what I took home with me from Italy.
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Barbara was a very informative lady and made our visit most enjoyable.
Christina was excellent - very knowledgeable and funny with it. We really enjoyed the tour.
Absolutely loved the tour and I have recommended it to my friends
Francesca has a wealth of knowledge, a relaxed style & we really enjoyed her tour.
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Francesca was wonderful!
Christina was an amazing tour guide, we really enjoyed walking around with her and listening to all the great information she shared with us, both on Venice in general and the foods unique to Venice. The locations we visited were great and we especially loved the cicchetti stop at Al Merca and the pasta dishes at the last restaurant - great portions and great food. All in all an excellent tour that I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Venice!
Very knowledgeable guide. We really enjoyed the tour.
Cristina was excellent! So knowledgeable and gave us a great overview of the city and history behind Venice!
Excellent tour. Stephanina was absolutely delightful and even stayed back to help us find ice cream shops and propoerf transport back to our lodging. One criticism was that lunch could have been better as we found the food to be somewhat under par but bedside that everything else was excellent. Joe.
Barbara was a fantastic guide. We enjoyed her knowledge and vibrant personality, i can highly recommend your service to other fellow travelers. Well done!
Guide was great and the tour fun
Absolutely lovely tour. Our guide was very nice and funny!
Francesca was great!