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Cicchetti & Wine Tour of Venice - Small Group Tour

Join us for a tasty initiation into Venetian culture and discover some of the city’s top highlights, alongside a few hidden spots that only the locals know about! Learn the secrets of the Italian aperitivo, try some of the best wines from the Veneto and taste traditional local dishes on an Italian adventure you’ll never forget.

This tour is the perfect introduction to Venice, giving you an overview of the city’s unrivalled history and a taster of its world-famous cuisine.

Your adventure begins in the Cannaregio neighbourhood, one of the few remaining residential areas of Venice, known for being a popular after-work meeting spot for thirsty locals. We will take a gentle stroll around and chat about its 1,000-year history and your local guide will offer suggestions on other things to see and do during your stay.

A ride in a traditional, stand-up traghetto gondola is next as we cross the Grand Canal the way the locals do.

Once in Rialto, the food tasting can begin! Our first stop is at a small eatery, owned by a group of young locals with a passion for experimenting with traditional recipes, giving them a modern twist. Expect dishes such as black ink calamari, polenta with seafood or seasonal vegetables (served in elaborate dishes). Our second foodie stop is a historic spot that will help you better understand the envy-inducing culture of bacari in Venice and how to enjoy this experience while you’re flying solo around the city.

A few secrets and hidden spots near the Rialto are up next, which will demonstrate the importance of moving just one street away from the tourist hordes, to get a little slice of Venice to yourself.

The tour will end at Campo San Bortolomio, which is surrounded by great restaurants and shops. Your guide will be happy to help you with recommendations for continuing the fun or with directions to help you back to your accommodation.

Experience Includes

  • Friendly Local English-speaking guide
  • Discover unique dining features in Venice and drink and eat like a Venetian
  • 5 food (4 finger food dishes, 1 dessert) and 5 drinks ( 5 glasses of Italian Wine) stops
  • Check hidden spots near Rialto bridge
  • Cross the famous canal on a traghetto gondola
  • Tips on what else to see, do and eat during your stay
  • English speaking guide
  • Small group tour - maximum of 12 persons

Experience Excludes

  • Hotel transfers
  • Optional gratuities
  • Additional refreshments

Departs

Daily except Sundays. Does not operate mid December to mid February.

Departure location

In front of Church of the Maddalena on the Maddalena Square, Cannaregio, Venezia

Start times

4.30pm. With an additional 11am July and August Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Duration

Around 2.5 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • Please note that starting February 1, 2022, the additional activities, including day tours, previously allowed with a basic green pass now require a super green pass. A Super Green Pass is valid up to six months from the time of the most recent vaccination (fully vaccinated). Please check your vaccine certificate and make sure you are within the 6-month time limit from your second dose or booster shot, before joining the tour.
  • There may be a change of itinerary according to opening times of bars and restaurants along the way, depending on how crowded they are. However, all the bars you are taken to are of a similar standard, so you will not be missing out if the itinerary does change.
  • Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
  • Present your voucher to the tour guide at the start of the tour.
  • You are required to arrive at the departure point at least 15 minutes before the start of the tour.
  • Traghetto gondola crossing is dependent on weather conditions.
  • Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled prior to your holiday departure date. No refunds are given for cancellations made post departure.