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City: Venice


Duration: 2hrs 45min


Start Time: 10:30am

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.

Tour Description

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 food...

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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 468 Customer Reviews

Trevor

Jun 17, 2019

Katrina

Jun 19, 2019

Knowledgeable, friendly and the tour was a great introduction to this part of Venice. Well worth the price of admission

Deborah

Jun 19, 2019

Stefan is was great- very informative and interesting

Arnis

Jun 18, 2019

It was delightful. Jennifer was knowledgeable and entertaining. Food was good and it was awesome to learn about more local ways of being.

Sonja

Jun 18, 2019

Christine was amazing, warm and natural. She made sure we enjoy every step and answered any questions we had. She made this event extra special.

Raghda

Jun 17, 2019

Trevor

Jun 17, 2019

Katrina

Jun 19, 2019

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2011-2014

Important Information

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