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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: Guided Walking Tour with Food Tasting

2. 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.

Venice: Late Afternoon Gondola & Walking Tour with Aperitifs

3. Venice: Late Afternoon Gondola & Walking Tour with Aperitifs

Take a sit and enjoy a comfortable late afternoon 30 minute gondola, while relaxing and admiring the charm and beauty of Venice. The second part of the experience will take you on a guided tour to discover the traditional Venetian aperitif. You will taste the famous "cicchetti" and sip two wines at the local bacari. The bacari are characteristic little bars where locals use to stroll in the evening or while heading home from work, between an “ombra” (glass of wine) and a “cicchetto” (small snack, like a fried meatball or a stuffed slice of French bread). Then, the guide will take you along an unusual walk. We all know how a city can completely change during day and night. This is particularly true in Venice, where a new, charming city seems to reveal once the sun goes down and the crowds leave as well. This is the right opportunity to explore Venice as you would never expect to, discovering its beauty not only with the charm of the night, but also delving into some of the less beaten tracks. Interesting tales and stories about Venice's present and past will accompany your walk throughout the night.

Venice: Private 2-Hour Cicchetti & Wine Tour w/ a Sommelier

4. Venice: Private 2-Hour Cicchetti & Wine Tour w/ a Sommelier

Follow your private guide in the morning to visit the Rialto Market and its joyful and lively atmosphere. Learn about its products and history and then pop into a typical bacaro for a glass of prosecco and a cicchetto, the Venetian style tapas. Enjoy them alongside Venetians who have also stopped by with their groceries before going home to fix lunch.  Then, get on a gondola and cross the famous Grand Canal and discover Cannaregio. Learn about its traditions and its people before enjoying another bacaro stop for some more delicious wine and food.  This private tour is a fun and enjoyable way to discover some of the most beautiful areas of Venice from a different - and very tasty - perspective.

Venice: Gondola Sunset and Evening Walking Tour with Tasting

5. Venice: Gondola Sunset and Evening Walking Tour with Tasting

Experience Venice from the water and marvel at its spectacular mansions aboard a traditional gondola. Sit back and relax as you are punted along the magnificent Grand Canal and venture down some of the smaller canals to escape the crowds. Get carried away by this ancient mode of transportation as a professional gondolier rows you along the romantic waterways. Get breathtaking views of the city at every step of the way. Pass under historic bridges and near famous attractions. Travel back in time and experience Venice as it should be enjoyed by everyone who visits. Experience the 1000-year-old city of Venice when the twilight takes you into a new, surprising and different city. An expert guide will take you through the Venetian streets, where you will discover the local Venetian 'bacari' (bars) and sample 'cicchetti' (snacks) which are specialties of the Venetian cuisine. This fascinating itinerary will let you get to know a Venice enchanted by the lights and its unforgettable colors including 2 different types of cicchetti and a tasting of 2 different types of locally produced Venetian wines. Enjoy a fascinating evening walk discovering unusual routes accompanied by legends, anecdotes and tales of a secret Venice. The itinerary may change as you wish to avoid the tourist streets to let you feel the intimate and peaceful atmosphere of the city. The walk will be in the Rialto, Cannaregio and Castello district areas.

Venice: Hidden Corners Rialto Market Tour in German

6. Venice: Hidden Corners Rialto Market Tour in German

The tour starts at the Church of San Giacomo di Rialto and takes participants to the oldest and most important market in the city, the Rialto Market: It supplies not only the residents but also the local bacari (bars) and restaurants with fresh ingredients. After discovering the market, participants will taste the fresh products during a culinary break in the form of a cicheto (typical Venetian snack) and a glass of wine (or water as a non-alcoholic variant). Then the group continues on the traces of commercial history along the shady hidden side streets to the church, where the guild of wine merchants was based. (It is not without reason that the adjacent bank along the Canal Grande is called "Riva del Vin", the "wine bank"!). The journey through time will take participants to the place where luxury goods such as silk or gold were sold and end with a view over the famous Rialto Bridge. The tour ends again at the Church of San Giacomo di Rialto. This tour is accessible as there are no bridges to cross during the route. Please note that there is only room for 1 wheelchair in the premises during the tasting. Please use line 1 to the “Rialto Mercato” stop to get to the meeting point.

From Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Luxury Boat Tour

7. From Venice: Murano, Burano and Torcello Luxury Boat Tour

Treat yourself to a relaxing and knowledge-filled tour of Venice and the Lagoon Islands in a luxurious boat. See glass-blowing demonstrations and learn about the rich history of the area. Get picked up at San Marco Square and begin your luxury boat ride accompanied by an expert local guide. Cruise along the Grand Canal and admire the splendor of the palazzos and bridges from a different perspective. Next, head to the lagoon and enjoy a short ride to Murano, the capital of high-quality glass art. Learn about the history of the industry, see a glass-blowing demonstration, and enjoy the chance to do some souvenir shopping of your own. Back on board, enjoy light refreshments, and head to Burano to see its brightly painted houses and immerse yourself in the charming fishing village with enduring traditions. Learn about the history and craft of the town's handmade lace. Continue on to Torcello and learn about the time Ernest Hemingway spent there, as well as the secrets of the enchanting island. Enjoy a unique view of the city skyline as you head back to Venice, and toast its beauty with a glass of refined Prosecco before being dropped off at San Marco Square.

Venice: Chicchetti Guided Food Tour with Tastings and Drinks

8. Venice: Chicchetti Guided Food Tour with Tastings and Drinks

Starting from Teatro Italia in Cannaregio, you'll try a coffee and will get to see the origins of the word "Ghetto" in the authentic Jewish Ghetto of Venice with local cookies in your hands. Try local cicchetti and Select Spritz in a Secret Location, proceed towards Rialto still trying more local food(meatball or tramezzino). Try a risotto, typical from here, while walking around some narrow and secret paths which were already known by famous traveller Marco Polo. See Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge before heading towards San Marco area, where we end up our tour right after having a sweet treat -

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Our tour guide Alice was amazing we had 4 stops with all authentic venetian food. We started off at one of the oldest winery,s in venice and had chettechi there which is the venetian word for tapas they like when you get it correct. The food was amazing and the wine we then went to another place that specialised is the seafood afterward we went to the third place and lastly we went to a real gealto place with many wonderful flavours to choose from we were also give some bits of history on the city and areas within couldn't recommend more. We're irish and enjoyed every minute of it. !! Thank you Alice !!

Our guide Vanessa was excellent. Not only did she take us on a cultural food tour but also gave us a history tour as well when she saw fit. It was so informative. The tastings were excellent and gave you a little taste of authentic Venetian food. She was so accommodating for our little ones we had on the tour, and didn’t want to explore their palettes. I highly advise this tour with Vanessa!

Very informative. Not only did we learn about the food we learnt things about Venice we hadn’t known before. Our Guide Alice was very friendly and helpful giving us tips that we could use around the city.

Sylvia was a wonderful guide. She was engaging and added historical information and additional suggestions of things to do later along the way. We were very pleased with this tour!

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