The delectable Taste of Venice Tour takes place either in the late morning or the early evening, so choose the time that suits you best. Whichever option you select, you should make your way to the entrance of the Round Church in Campo della Maddalena to meet your guide. (The nearest vaporetto stops are Ca'D'Oro and San Marcuola. Both of them are 5 minutes away from the meeting point.)
This three-hour Venice tour takes in most famous Bacari wine bars and their renowned “cicchetti” appetizers. As you stroll from place to place, you will have the chance to try some of the city’s famous specialties, from plates of olives to marinated seafood served on wedges of soft polenta.
The tour starts from Campo de la Maddalena, a small raised square that is unchanged since medieval times, and is famous for its modest houses topped with interesting chimneys.
Call into a historic bar, a much loved venue that specialises in cicchetti, for your first taste of these Venetian-style tapas.
This atmospheric bar has a long history, and used to be an old charcoal store, so learn about the city as you feast on some of its specialties.
With your local Venice guide, you continue on, walking into Strada Nuova, and calling into another old historic bar, the “Widow’s Place”, which has been open since the 18th century and is famous for its polpette (spicy fried meatballs).
Then, head to Campo de Santa Sofia and jump on an iconic Venice gondola to cross Canal Grande into the Rialto area. Pay a visit to a true local Venice attraction – the local market, before heading to the Bar in the centre of Venice, a hole-in-the-wall place that serves a simple but delicious selection of cicchetti and great regional Italian wines and proseccos.
Stop by a couple of other nearby bars to try a few more specialties. This Venice food tour comes to an end on the steps of the Rialto Bridge, where you can head back to one of the great bars you’ve just discovered, or make your way easily to any other part of the city.