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Taste of Venice Tour

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Duration: 3 hours
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  • Eat like a Venetian – perfect tour for foodies
  • Learn about Venice through its bars and taverns
  • Discover the delicious range of local cicchetti dishes
  • Experience the buzz of Italian Bacari wine bars
  • Try local specialties such as spicy meatballs and fried olives

The best things to do in Venice often revolve around food! Take your taste buds on a delicious adventure with this tour of Venice’s Bacari wine bars and their famous appetizers (cicchetti) dishes. These small tapas-style dishes are ideal for pairing with Italian wine, so tour the city’s famous bars and try everything from fried olives to spicy meatballs to wedges of cheesy polenta.

With the chance to learn lots of fascinating history along the way, this is one Venice tour no food lover can miss.

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Very good tour, guide was excellent and made it all fun for us. we were part of a small group which made it very easy to chat and exchange views. We would recommend this tour to...

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Itinerary

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 Traghetto 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.

Please note
Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.

Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.

The itinerary could alter due to variations in opening times of bars and restaurants along the way. Also, if a particular bar is very crowded then your guide may decide on an alternative.If changes do occur, the itinerary will remain much the same but the actual bars may be different. This will not change your experience, similar venues can be found even for the historic bars.

Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.
Inclusions
  • Walking tour
  • English speaking guide
  • Glass of wine and tapa in each place (about 5 venues)
  • Traghetto ride to cross the canal
Exclusions
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
Tuesday - Saturday
Duration
3 hours
Start time
1130h (11:30am) or 1730h (5:30pm)
Meeting point
Entrance of the Round Church in Campo della Maddalena.
(The nearest vaporetto stops are Ca'D'Oro and San Marcuola. Both of them are 5 minutes away from the meeting point.)
Please report at the meeting point 10 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
Ending point
Tour ends at the Rialto Bridge.
Sale price
$123.23
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Additional information
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.
Dos & Don'ts
Don’t forget to bring a camera! Wear comfortable shoes and casual clothing for walking.

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