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Dine Around Venice: Authentic Food Experience & Moonlight Gondola Ride

Discover the incredible cuisine of Venice hiding just outside the main tourist routes of the city as you visit the bars and restaurants in a local neighborhood. Your expert foodie guide will show where to eat, how to eat, and what to eat when visiting La Serenissima. After you’ve filled your belly, you will end the night with a 30-minute gondola ride under the stars.

Your evening begins at 5:00pm when you step off the tourist track and into the local neighborhood of San Polo to meet your local, expert guide and small group of no more than 12 people. Your guide will give you a brief introduction to the traditional foods and flavors of Venice then take you to one of their favorite bars for an aperitivo including two small plates (cicchetti) and a Spritz, Venice’s unofficial cocktail.

After a brief stroll past the Campo dei Frari and Scuola Grande di San Rocco, your next stop is a local osteria that specializes in the baskets of fried seafood that are one of the favorite starters of Venetians. You will share a few with the other people in the group over a glass of local prosecco straight from the tap as your guide tells you about the deep culture of sharing food in the Lagoon.

Stepping into the neighborhood of Dorsodoruo, your third venue is one of our favorite spots in Venice to eat a steaming hot risotto, another Venetian specialty. You will taste a seafood version and a vegetarian version, so make sure to save room. We’ll also make sure your glass stays topped up with the delicious house wine.

After a sweet treat to finish off the evening, stroll over to the nearest gondola stand, where your guide will help you into a boat. The guided part of the tour ends here, but you’ll enjoy another 30 minutes cruising the canals under the stars. It’s the perfect end to a night of eating and drinking.

Experience Includes

  • Taste the flavors of Venice with a visit to three local Osterie.
  • Enjoy small plates (cicchetti) and main courses like seafood or vegetarian risotto with complimentary drinks such as prosecco and Spritz.
  • Take a 30-minute evening gondola ride.
  • Local expert guide.
  • Small group of no more than 12 people.

Experience Excludes

  • Hotel Pick-Up / Drop-Off
  • Gratuities

Departs

Varies, please see calendar

Departure location

This tour meets at the Church in Campo San Tomà, 30125, Venice, Italy.

Start times

5.00pm

Duration

Around 3 Hours 30 minutes

Terms & Conditions

  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
  • Itinerary subject to change.
  • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
  • Each Gondola can accommodate max 6 people.
  • For those with food allergies or other special requirements, please notify us prior to reserving your visit and then again, as soon as you meet your tour guide. We will do our very best to accommodate you and find suitable alternatives.
  • Unfortunately, the gondola cannot accommodate wheelchairs as well as some venues. As a result of which we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour.
  • After your exploration of Venice, your guide drops you off at the Gondola Stand for a relaxing gondola ride. The guide will not be with you on the gondola. Each Gondola can accommodate max 6 people.
  • Venetian cuisine is primarily based around the sea so there is a lot of seafood on this tour. If you aren't a fan of fish and shellfish we'll do our best to give you the best alternative menu`.
  • This tour runs rain or shine so please dress for the elements.
  • This tour ends at Santa Maria del Giglio in St Marks area.