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Venice: Street Food Tour with a Local Guide and Tastings

1. Venice: Street Food Tour with a Local Guide and Tastings

Eat your way around Venice on a tasting tour of some of the city's eateries, and see historical monuments along the way. Follow your foodie guide through the historic Rialto Market alongside the Grand Canal. End at Campo Santa Margherita square, surrounded by local restaurants and farmers’ markets. Meet your guide in the San Marco district. Cross the Rialto Bridge to visit the Rialto Market and marvel at the colorful fruit and vegetable stalls. Experience everyday life in the city as the locals come to purchase fresh fish and other ingredients. Next, go to Campo San Polo and enter the Basilica dei Frari. Pass the square of Campo San Bartolomeo, where the locals like to gather. Along the way, taste a wide range of food specialties, from regional cheeses to buranelli biscuits and traditional cakes. Sample some sweet tiramisù in the city where it was invented, and experience the unique culture of cicchetti, the tapas-like snacks loved by Venetians served in typically cozy bàcari (bars). End on the Campo Santa Margherita in the historical sestiere (district) of Dorsoduro near the university.  

Venice: Traveling Opera in a Historic Palace on Grand Canal

2. Venice: Traveling Opera in a Historic Palace on Grand Canal

Experience Italian Opera in one of the most important Venetian-Gothic style palaces in Venice, Palazzo Barbarigo-Minotto. Within this historical venue, an innovative approach to opera has been conceived, with a formula that focuses on the interaction between the singers, the musicians, and the audience. This gives spectators the feeling of living Opera ‘from the inside’. This sensation is amplified by the clever 360-degree use of the ‘stage’ and by having the guests move through 3 different rooms within the Palazzo, one for each act of the show. The whole setting changes, not just the background. Reviving a tradition dating back to the late 1800s, this reimagining is brought to life by some of the finest lyrical voices, accompanied by a talented small group of strings and a piano: a virtuoso ensemble who performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world. Opera offered: • La Traviata - Melodrama in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi (Mon - Tue - Thu - Sat) • Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Light-hearted melodrama in two acts by Gioachino Rossini (Wed - Sun) • Rigoletto - Intense drama about love and vengeance by Giuseppe Verdi (Fri)

Venice: Venetian Lagoon Tour and Galleon Dinner

3. Venice: Venetian Lagoon Tour and Galleon Dinner

Discover the serenity of the enchanting city of Venice with a dinner cruise aboard a Venetian Galleon. Watch the city's lights reflecting on the water as you savor a gourmet meal while sipping on wine and Aperitivo. Pick from Central Deck seating and stern/prow seating. Meet your host in front of the Museo Navale in Venice and, once on board, the crew will lead you to your reserved table and offer you a delicious glass of Prosecco DOC. Sit by candlelight at an elegant table, and eat with a fine and well-finished service. Book the Central Deck for panoramic windows with exceptional views, or choose the prow/stern areas with tables for 4 that offer a more intimate atmosphere. On the prow, there are two small portholes at the top and there is no view of the outside. Select to sit at the stern which is connected to the kitchen/bar and has small windows for a partial view of the outside. Couples might be seated at one shared table (however, the tables are big enough to guarantee each couple privacy). Be swept away by the old-fashioned charm of a boat as you immerse yourself in in the magic of the Venetian Lagoon. At dusk, the Galleon will slowly leave shore and head into the northern lagoon. Take in views of the minor islands such as Sant’Erasmo, and San Francesco del Deserto. Taste a variety of delightful specialties prepared by the onboard chef while you sail towards the Venetian Arsenal and then past the islands of Vignole, Mazzorbo and the artistic Murano. Circumnavigate Burano which is famous for its picturesque, colorful houses and the Leaning Bell Tower. Sail back to the San Marco basin and past the island of San Giorgio. Head on to Venice and the cruise for a spectacular view of the San Marco basin. Disembark at the Museo Navale.

Venice: Grand Canal Gondola Ride, Serenade & Romantic Dinner

4. Venice: Grand Canal Gondola Ride, Serenade & Romantic Dinner

Enjoy a pleasant gondola ride while you listen to expert musicians sing popular Italian songs. Discover the picturesque canals and the breathtaking palaces on the Grand Canal accompanied by Italian music. Embark on an unforgettable experience along the most fascinating canal of Venice and discover its most interesting historical sites, such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Accademia Bridge, La Fenice Theatre and the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. After the amazing gondola serenade, you will enjoy a typical dinner in a Venetian restaurant tasting local specialties. • Dinner Menu at Ai Coristi: 2-course (fish or meat) with side dish  

Gondola + Gala Dinner in Venetian Palace

5. Gondola + Gala Dinner in Venetian Palace

Start this unforgettable experience in in front of Museo Dell'Accademia and board a private gondola ride cruising the grand canal, admiring the palaces and the beauty of the city ending the tour in a mysterious place. A gondola ride is something exclusive to Venice. It is an alternative way of getting around this unique city, seeing its smaller and bigger canals, passages, bridges, and palaces.  Opposite the Grand Canal, the palace is historically one of the most important buildings in Venice, where noble Venetians were once attending fancy balls, and enjoying the life of luxury amidst impressive paintings and frescoes. Today it is a boutique hotel and an attraction for those who want to experience a moment of the Venetian noble life. Indeed, this is a special chance to spend a romantic and exciting time, enjoying the views with a glass of wine and special dinner for you and your partner or friends.

Fall in Love in Venice: Gondola Ride and Romantic Meal

6. Fall in Love in Venice: Gondola Ride and Romantic Meal

Indulge your loving heart with a combined tour of Venice by gondola, followed by a romantic meal. Spoil your sweetheart and show them that you really care as you take an enchanting gondola ride. During your unforgettable ride, you will admire the Grand Canal, the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute, Peggy Guggenheim, Accademia Bridge, Palazzo Grassi, Casanova’s house and other magnificent palaces and historical monuments of Venice.

Venice: Venetian Lagoon Boat Galleon Tour and Lunch

7. Venice: Venetian Lagoon Boat Galleon Tour and Lunch

Enjoy a lunch cruise with a difference aboard a traditional Venetian galleon. Take in the timeless beauty and serenity of the enchanting city of Venice and the islands in the lagoon as you have lunch on a set fish menu (a meat and a vegetarian option is also available). Once onboard, get taken to your reserved table by the onboard crew, then savor a welcome drink. Slowly leave shore in the galleon and head into the northern lagoon. Soak up the atmosphere of its mysterious canals, and enjoy the views of minor islands like Sant'Erasmo and San Francesco del Deserto. During lunch, taste a variety of dishes prepared by the Chef on board as you sail toward the Venetian Arsenal and on past the islands of Vignole, Mazzorbo, and Murano, known worldwide for its glasswork masterpieces. You will then circumnavigate Burano, famous for its picturesque colorful houses and the Leaning Bell Tower. Next, sail back to the Saint Mark's basin for a spectacular view of Saint Mark's Square with its ancient palaces and prestigious hotels and past the island of San Giorgio. Once you arrive in front of the Museo Navale, disembark the galleon and watch it sail slowly away. At the time of booking you are asked to choose the position of the table: - on the Central Deck: it has panoramic windows and during the tour you will enjoy a fantastic view of the Venetian Lagoon. - on the Prow/Stern areas (automatically assigned): the prow offers a more intimate atmosphere, as there are only two small portholes at the top and there is no view on the outside; the stern is connected to the kitchen/bar and has small windows for a partial view on the outside. In both areas, the tables are for 4 persons, and depending on the availability, couples might be seated at one shared table (however, the tables are big enough to guarantee each couple privacy).

Venice: Guided Walking Tour with Food Tasting

8. Venice: Guided Walking Tour with Food Tasting

Explore Venice on a walking tour led by a professional guide. Learn about the city's history, experience its culture, and sample the local food. Start your tour with a traditional Italian breakfast. Enjoy your coffee and pastry while your guide introduces you to the legacy, culture, and history of the floating city. Stroll down cobblestone streets and across bridges as you make your way towards St Mark's Square, one of Venice's prime attractions. Admire the stately buildings that surround the square and see the Venetian-Byzantine domes of the grandiose St Mark’s Basilica. Follow your guide as you head to see Doge's Palace. Then, take a break from sightseeing to enjoy traditional Cicchetti and try some of the local specialties. The last stop on your sightseeing tour is the iconic Ponte di Rialto. Learn why this striking and daring structure was predicted to fall, and why it's still standing after more than 400 years. Finally, head to the Rialto Fish Market for one last taste of traditional Venetian fare. Top your experience off with an optional gondola ride and see the city from the water.

Early Morning Photo Tour and Breakfast in a Luxury Location

9. Early Morning Photo Tour and Breakfast in a Luxury Location

The best time to walk around and embrace the beauty of the city of Venice is certainly during the morning. This is when only a few locals are going to work, bakeries and coffee shops are opening for the day with their inviting scent of freshly baked pastries and coffee. The morning sunlight slowly filling narrow streets and spacious squares makes a fantastic setting for a photo shoot. Get around the city with a photographer, who will not only capture your memories, but will also share his knowledge and stories about life in Venice. The photo tour will then be followed by a breakfast at Gritti Palace that sits right on the Grand Canal. Depending on your preference, you can sit on the terrace and enjoy probably one of the best views in the city, or admire the impressive interior inside, depicting the noble past of Venice and Venetians. Enjoy a fresh and delicious breakfast in the morning sunlight. 

Venice: Fish Market Shopping Walking Tour & Home Cooked Meal

10. Venice: Fish Market Shopping Walking Tour & Home Cooked Meal

Take a course on how to eat fresh, seasonal, and local food on this unique walking and cooking tour. Discover the vibrant Rialto Market and let the views of the city take your breath away as you cross the Canal Grande on a Gondola ferry. Stroll to the Rialto Market to collect fresh fish. Explore the lively market as you find the best ingredients for your lunch. See fish artfully arranged on stalls covered with deep layers of crushed ice. Watch as seagulls wander among the fishmongers calling out the day's catch. View customers purposefully browsing the stalls, as generations of Venetians have been doing for the past 800 years. After the shopping is finished, cross the Canal Grande on a Gondola ferry, which will likely be full of local housewives on their way home. Make your way through a maze of streets until you reach Fondamente Nove, where you will catch a water taxi to Murano where the cooking will take place. Cook your meal with hands-on instruction from a local Venetian. Tasting some glasses of prosecco and appetizers while cooking. Have a pasta with a tasty fish sauce while a seabass is baking to perfection in the oven. Eat in a dining room with a the view of the canal. Finish lunch with a strong Italian coffee brewed from a moka pot.

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Beautiful, we loved it. It is a unique experience, highly recommended. The opera of the barber of Seville, which we went to, very pleasant, and the setting of the rooms in which it takes place very beautiful. Small group that makes it more intimate and close. a 10

In the first floor stairs run then the performance is spread over three rooms at Jere free! Only walk up the stairs at the beginning for wheelchair users or ask someone for help with a pram!

Fantastic experience! If you have an evening in Venice: do it! It takes a while to find the location, but that might already be the start of the event. You are literally in the decor.

A fabulous trip, more prosecco and wine that we could possibly drink and the food was amazing. All staff on board very friendly and efficient. A must for anyone who visits Venice!

Definitely do this for happy hour! So fun and great food.