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Mercato di Rialto: Our most recommended tours and activities

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: Food Tasting Tour with Cicchetti Dishes and Wine

2. Venice: Food Tasting Tour with Cicchetti Dishes and Wine

Discover Venice's renowned culinary culture on a guided walking tour of local neighborhoods and wine bars. See where locals eat and drink as you enjoy wine and delicious dishes known as Cicchetti. Begin your adventure in the Cannaregio neighborhood, one of the few remaining residential areas of Venice and a popular after-work meeting spot for thirsty locals. Join your guide on a relaxed stroll through the area and then cross the Grand Canal on a traditional stand-up gondola to Rialto. Try some fresh fish at a small eatery, owned by a group of young locals with a passion for experimenting with traditional recipes, giving them a modern twist. Try dishes like black ink calamari, polenta with seafood, tuna balls with tomatoes, and seasonal vegetables, all served in elaborate dishes. After this round of mouth-watering tastings, head to a few local spots that will help you better understand the culture of Cicchetti bars in Venice. Get tips from your guide about how you can make the most out of your stay and experience authentic food away from the tourist traps. Visit a bar owned by two Venetian brothers with a passion for locally sourced food and wine. Try a favorite local sandwich known as tramezzino, paired with a Venetian Spritz. You will also try some favorite local dishes such as creamy codfish baccalà or stockfish (dried cod). Learn of some secrets and hidden spots near the Rialto, which will demonstrate the importance of moving just one street away from the tourist hordes, to get a little slice of Venice to yourself. Try some meat and cheese Cicchetti the next bar, with lasagna and a pasta dish on the menu. Conclude your tasting adventure with a well-deserved dessert, a delectable Tiramisu. Finish the tour in Campo San Bartolomeo, which is surrounded by great restaurants and shops. Your guide will be happy to help you with recommendations for continuing your evening, or more tips on what to do.

Venice: Rialto Market Tour, Hands-On Cooking Class & Lunch

3. Venice: Rialto Market Tour, Hands-On Cooking Class & Lunch

Experience one of the most vibrant sites in Venice on a tour of the Rialto Market with a local chef. Select seasonal ingredients to prepare and cook an authentic Italian meal during a hands-on cooking class. Toast to your experience with a glass of wine. Step into the vibrant Rialto Market to learn the history of the market and the story of the food produced here (market visit is not included in the 5 PM experience). After the market tour, head to a typical Venetian home for your cooking class. Prepare a starter, main dish (with homemade pasta), and a dessert to enjoy at the end of your class. Sip on a glass of wine while you prepare authentic recipes. End your class by enjoying the fruits of your hard work, served with plenty of wine.

Private Walking Tour in Venice

4. Private Walking Tour in Venice

Stroll from Saint Mark’s Square and hear the historical details about the most powerful maritime empire of the Mediterranean Sea. See legendary landmarks such as the Doges’ Palace, St. Mark's Basilica and Clock Tower. Walk to the Church of San Zaccaria and proceed down the narrow streets to the Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo and church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli. Pass the former home of Marco Polo and get an amazing view of the Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge. End with a look at the Rialto Market, where locals go to buy fresh seasonal produce.

Ravenna Port: Transfer to Venice with Tour and Gondola Ride

5. Ravenna Port: Transfer to Venice with Tour and Gondola Ride

Take this stress-free transfer with your luggage from Ravenna port on a shore excursion to Venice. Store your luggage and go on a guided tour to admire sights like Doge’s Palace, Rialto Bridge and St Mark's Basilica. Enjoy an extraordinary gondola ride to round off your experience. Skip crowds and walking by transferring within Venice by boat. Be greeted by your host and hop aboard an air-conditioned vehicle with room for luggage storage. Sit back and relax as you take in views of the Italian countryside on the ride to Venice. Upon arrival, meet your guide and leave your luggage securely locked away on the bus. Transfer from the bus parking area to Piazzale Roma to begin your tour. Stroll across the first bridge of Venice and hop on a beautiful private water boat to get transferred to the St Mark's Square. Along the way, see the main sights of Venice the way they were meant to be seen - from the water. See the central square of Venice, St Marks Piazza. Watch as your guide points out the mosaics adorning the ancient Basilica and its clock tower along with the Campanile (belltower). Admire views of Doge’s Palace, which for over 1000 years, served as the government administrative center of the region. Here you will also experience the world-famous Venice gondola ride, in small groups of maximum 5 people. Next, explore the San Marco Square on your own, or join your guide and head to the lively Rialto market where locals go for fresh fish and produce. Have the opportunity to buy a snack or drink, browse the local delicacies, and go souvenir shopping (at your own expense). Cross the Rialto Bridge and soak in the views of the canal. Learn about the lives of traders and merchants. Afterward, transfer to the luggage storage. Your guide will help you with tips or arrangements to get to your next destination, whether the airport, hotel, or a train station.

Venice Gondola ride and Skip the line Doge's Palace Tour

6. Venice Gondola ride and Skip the line Doge's Palace Tour

A classic Gondola ride is the perfect way to appreciate the beauty, charm and colour of this unique city built on water. This traditional Venetian mode of transport, departs from campo San Moisè, where you will be invited to relax aboard this historic vessel. You will be assisted in boarding the gondola, one of the most recognized symbols of Venice - up to 5 people per Gondola- at the landing stage of San Moisè. Experience how the locals were transported by these beautiful black, elegant rowing boats, throughout history. Meet your professional guide at the same meeting point of the gondola ride at the wooden kiosk in Saint Mark's Square who will escort you into this magnificent Doge's palace, to visit the halls of power, and immerse yourself in medieval Europe, among hundreds of masterpieces. Dominating Saint Mark's Square, the heart of Venice, the Doge's Palace stands out for its size and its extraordinary structure, where Byzantine, European and Oriental architecture collide. Immediately entering the Palace you will pass through the great courtyard and admire the wealth of detail on the famous Golden Staircase. Once inside the Palace, you will visit the halls where the Duke (Doge) and his Council controlled the fate of the Serene Republic, whilst surrounded by hundreds of artistic masterpieces and discover the political history of Venice and its people. You will be able to admire the paintings realized by some of the most important artists of the Italian Renaissance, amongst them, the world's largest oil painting by Tintoretto. Passing through the famous Bridge of Sighs, you will reach the new prisons. The bridge was given its name by the English poet Lord Byron, probably referring to the last breath of the prisoners, who had their last view of the lagoon and of Venice from the window of this bridge, before they were to be imprisioned. This guided tour concludes in the courtyard of the Doge's Palace. Here it will be possible for you to stay longer inside the Palace absorbing the history and mystery of days gone by.

Leonardo da Vinci Museum and San Polo Private Tour

7. Leonardo da Vinci Museum and San Polo Private Tour

Join this original tour to learn about the time when Leonardo da Vinci was employed as a military architect and engineer, devising methods to defend Venice from naval attack. Immerse yourself in the true story of the greatest Renaissance man and see the excellent exhibitions on his genius. Discover the traces of Leonardo da Vinci in San Polo, Venice! Choose the 2,5-hour option to see the best of San Polo and visit the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum in Campo S. Rosso. While this tour will be focused mostly on Leonardo’s life and work, you will also learn many interesting facts about the Venetian Golden Age, when the old neighborhood of San Polo was the center of the city’s commercial trade. You will pass important monuments such as the Rialto Bridge and San Giacomo di Rialto, the oldest church in Venice. Feel the lively atmosphere of the famous Rialto Market, wander around Campo San Polo and admire the magnificent Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. The highlight of this walking tour will be a visit to the excellent Leonardo da Vinci Museum. With skip-the-line tickets you can save time and go straight in without waiting in long lines. Explore the high-resolution digital reproductions of Leonardo’s most famous paintings, writings, machines and inventions. Many exhibits are interactive, so both adults and children can play with them and learn the principles of mechanics and physics. Your 5-Star Guide will help you understand how the genius behind da Vinci’s works! Choose the 3,5-hour option to learn even more about the genius and creations of Leonardo da Vinci with a visit to the Chiesa di San Barnaba. This small 18th century church located in the artsy district of Dursoduro displays interactive mechanical, aerospace and hydraulic machines invented by Leonardo. It’s a great place for solo travelers and families who like to learn through play. The church is also well known for its appearance in the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade film, so every movie fan will love it!

Bologna & Tuscany: 7-Day Lost Flavors Cooking Tour

8. Bologna & Tuscany: 7-Day Lost Flavors Cooking Tour

Arrive in Bologna and check into your apartment or hotel. Meet the chef and enjoy a quick tour of the city's historic center followed by an aperitive and dinner in a typical trattoria. After breakfast on days 2 and 3, you will meet the chef at CIBO Cooking School at 8:30 AM and then take a historical tour en route to the Bologna market area where you'll decide what to prepare in the kitchen as you shop at the market stands. Learn how to prepare 2 delicious meals for lunch and dinner including handmade pasta. In the afternoons, choose between 3.5 hours of cooking at the school or a walking tour of Bologna City Center with your chef/guide. At 6 PM head back to the school to prepare dinner.  On day 4, embark on a tour of the Fiorentini Vineyards in Castrocaro. After snacking and tasting great Romagna Wines such as Sangiovese, Albana, and Famoso, stop to enjoy a lunch of piadina romagnola and handmade ravioli in a local Trattoria. In the afternoon, continue on to the mountain retreat on Mount Fumaiolo. After check-in, take a short walk in the mountains. In the evening, cook dinner in the mountain house with a menu focused on seasonal ingredients and ancient local recipes. On day 5, visit the Sanctuary of La Verna founded by St. Francis of Assisi. Admire the beautiful works of lead-glazed terracotta by Andrea Della Robbia, before heading home to cook lunch. Walk to the Eremo of Saint Alberico on top of Mount Fumaiolo. Then cook and dine at home with more wonderful local food. The following morning, go to Borgo San Sepolcro in Tuscany, home of the Painter Piero della Francesca. Visit the local Museum and marvel at the frescoes of the Resurrection of Christ and the Polyptych of the Misericordia. After lunch in a local Tuscan Osteria, head to Monterchi to see Piero's Madonna del Parto. In the afternoon, walk to the Sorgenti del Tevere on top of Mount Fumaiolo. Cook and dine at home with more wonderful local food. On day 7, spend the morning exploring Ravenna before returning to Bologna.

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What people are saying about Mercato di Rialto

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Anna provided a lot of great information about Venice, the locals, markets and provided a great experience as we walked through Venice and tasted the street food which was very delicious. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who wants to get a better understanding of Venice and it’s street foods.

ana was an excellent guide with genuine passion and local knowledge. the tour was well planned and we had a good bunch of fellow travellers in our group. the food was local, delicious and we got an insight into areas of Venice we would not have found by ourselves. Well worth taking this great tour.

An excellent tour that I recommend to everyone, you will be full of energy and good taste. Everything was superlative, the only regret is that it's over. Thank you very much, wonderful Camilla.

Great experience. Food was amazing. Our tour guide Denis was brilliant. We learnt loads about Venice too.

Our guide Denis was great and we really enjoyed the stops and food on offer.