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Venice Food Tour: Rialto Market and Cicchetti Tasting

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Venice Food Tour: Rialto Market and Cicchetti Tasting

From US$ 83.77 per person

Experience the “cicchetti” culture of Venice on a 2.5-hour tasting tour, and discover the city’s answer to the Spanish tapa. Taste different small bites from the region at a selection of venues, and marvel at the produce on display at Rialto Market.

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  • Discover the tapas-like cicchetti food culture of Venice
  • Taste local wines and small bites in 2 popular venues
  • Visit the Rialto Fruit and Vegetable Market, and he Rialto Fish Market
  • Avoid the high-priced low-quality tourist food of Venice
  • Learn the culinary history of Venice
  • Hear how Venice's position on the spice routes impacted its food
  • Cross the Grand Canal by gondola with your guide to explore Cannaregio, one of the more historic neighborhoods of Venice.
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Enjoy a food tasting tour of Venice with a difference, and escape the over-priced, touristy food of the city’s reputation. Start your tour by exploring the twin hearts of the city's food scene; the Rialto Fruit and Vegetable Market and the Rialto Fish Market. Peruse aisles overflowing with fresh produce as your guide explains how ancient trade routes and a strong maritime history shaped the diets of the Venetians. Learn how Venice still gets the freshest fish from the Mediterranean Sea. Leave the markets to embark on a culinary walking tour of Venice. Stop at a local butcher, bakery, and one of the oldest spice stores in the world. Hear how Venetian ships used to be the main source of spices for much of Europe. Sample delicious wines from the region, along with the famous cicchetti (small bites) at 2 local bars. Feast on local delicacies. After All’Merca, cross the Grand Canal by gondola with your guide to explore Cannaregio. Cannaregio is one of the more historic neighborhoods of Venice. Once the Jewish Ghetto, today it’s where locals go to eat, drink and socialize. You’ll stop briefly at a small local bar for fritti. After a 15-minute stroll through Cannaregio you reach the highlight of your tour. La Colonna offers the very best of Venetian food experiences – a small restaurant tucked off a quiet street, where you will enjoy a full meal featuring such local specialties as pasta with squid ink. And of course, more wine. Enjoy a more personalized attention in intimate groups of 12 people or fewer, and get the best recommendations for when, where, and how to eat in Venice so that you will never have to endure another over-priced, touristy meal again.
  • Four cicchetti of your choice
  • Three glasses of wine/prosecco/spritz
  • One fritti to go
  • Pasta lunch
  • Gondola ride across the Grand Canal
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Valid Green Passes can be obtained by uploading either proof of vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts to the Green Pass or Covid Certificate apps
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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At the central fountain of Campo San Giacomo di Rialto (Campo San Giacometto). Directions: Campo San Giacomo di Rialto is located just to the west of the Rialto Bridge, towards the Rialto Market. The closest vaporetto stop is the "Rialto Mercato" stop.

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  • This activity is a small group tour of 12 people or less
  • Please advise of any food allergies or other special requirements on booking and as soon as you meet your guide. The supplier will do their best to accommodate you and find suitable alternatives
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Our very knowledgeable and pleasant guide Francesca was informative about the food culture of Venice. It was interesting to discover how this city of islands received its provisions historically and in the current day. The introduction to bacaro and Cicchetti was fun and tasty. We were a fun group of 11 which was just the right size and the lunch of fine pasta and a sardine dish was enjoyed by all. Once again I was impressed by Walks Of Italy and will continue to take their tours in the future.

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October 15, 2019

Excellent food tour!

The tour was fantastic! I learned a lot of information about food in Venice and our guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and approachable. The food was excellent and it was really nice going around the food markets of Venice. I will definitely be recommending the tour to friends who visit this beautiful city!

October 15, 2018

We received very little of what had been promised.

My comments in detail: (A) explanation of trade routes........shaped the diets..... - not given. (B) learn how Venice gets the freshest fish........ - not given (C) stop at a local butcher, bakery and one of the oldest spice stores....... - yes we paused outside a butcher and spice store very, very briefly and no bakery. (D) hear how Venetian ships used to bet he main source of spices....... - not given (E) stop at local bar for fritti - not given, what is a fritti? (F) enjoy a full meal featuring such local specialities as pasta with squid ink - yes we did have a plate of the squid ink pasta which was quite nice but is that a "full meal" ? (G) get the best recommendations for when, where and how to eat in Venice - not given The above is a summary of your scope of the tour which was not included in our tour. This is without any exaggeration most unsatisfactory. Brett

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June 8, 2016

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