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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: Rooftops Walking Tour with Prosecco Tasting

2. Venice: Rooftops Walking Tour with Prosecco Tasting

Uncover the simple authenticity of Venice, away from mass tourism, and explore the heart of the city from rooftops on a guided walking tour. Lose track of time and feast your eyes of the real beauty of Venice with access to incredible places. See the city and its waterways from a different angle and clink your glass with a drink of Prosecco, celebrating in true Italian style. Meet your local guide and start discovering the sestiere San Polo, one of the lively places of Venice, mostly inhabited by locals. Enter private Venetian palaces and admire the wonderful views from hidden panoramic terraces. Discover enchanting views over the lagoon, admiring canals, churches, and bridges from a new and dreamy perspective. Enjoy a privileged view on the most beautiful and unique city in the world from above. See Venice from the rooftops, get lost in Rialto market, where locals still go everyday to buy fresh fish, discover the ancient Red Light District, imagine Casanova walking through the city with his lovers, walk in Venice’s smallest “calle” (street), and enjoy a traditional aperitivo with a panoramic view over the Grand Canal.

Venice: Fish Market Shopping Walking Tour & Home Cooked Meal

3. 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.

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: Hidden Corners Rialto Market Tour in German

5. 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.

Venice: Hidden Corners of Rialto Guided Walking Tour

6. Venice: Hidden Corners of Rialto Guided Walking Tour

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.

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4.9 / 5

based on 221 reviews

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!

This is a wonderful and really unusual trip. Our guide was excellent, informative and a nice small group. The only feedback I would give is that they should include the Bolovo Tower. It would be a great addition and a spectacular view. Go on your own. If it’s not included. But this trip is great. Particularly the view over the Realto.

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.

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