Venice food tour: Rialto market and cicchetti tasting with wine
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Venice food tour: Rialto market and cicchetti tasting with wine

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Language: English
Availability: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays (depending on season)
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 2 hours 45 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Stop at a neighborhood butcher, bakery, and one of the oldest spice stores in the world
  • Taste local wines and cicchetti, Venice's answer to the Spanish tapas
  • Take in the smells and tastes of the historic Rialto fruit and vegetable market and the fish market
  • Cross the Grand Canal by gondola with your guide to explore Cannaregio
What to expect

With intimate groups of 15 people or fewer we don’t just want you to eat well for a day, we want to show you how to eat like a Venetian for your entire stay.

We’ll start by visiting the twin hearts of Venice’s food scene; the Rialto Fruit and Vegetable Market and the Rialto Fish Market. As you peruse the overflowing aisles, your guide will explain how ancient trade routes and a strong maritime history have shaped the diets of Venetians; and how they still get the freshest fish from the Mediterranean.

All this talk of food will make you hungry so we’ll be sure to sample sumptuous local wine and cicchetti along the way. On this side of the Grand Canal, you’ll stop at two of Venice’s most popular local bars. The cicchetti is Venice’s answer to the Spanish tapas and includes local delicacies like crostini (bread with delicious toppings like whipped cod) and Venetian panini (technically sandwiches, but so much more). At each bar your guide will help you to choose two of the best cicchetti and of course a glass of wine, Prosecco or spritz to wash it down.

Next you’ll board a gondola to cross the Grand Canal to Cannaregio. Once known as the Jewish Ghetto and surrounded by walls to keep residents in, Cannaregio is a favorite among locals today for its great food scene, beautiful streets and piazzas and its much more relaxed vibe away from the tourist route.

In fact, we bet you’ll be shocked to learn just how much of Venetian food (and Italian food as a whole) has been influenced by the Jewish community. Our adventure continues as we embark on a short stroll across bridges and piazzas of Cannaregio.

Your tour culminates in a stop at our favorite Venetian restaurant; a friendly and atmospheric neighborhood trattoria. Here you’ll be warmly greeted by the host and served a plate of the day’s pasta special, washed down of course, with another glass of wine.

Sites Visited:

  • Rialto fruit and vegetable market

  • Rialto fish market

  • Local cicchetti bars

  • One local restaurant

  • Grand Canal/Rialto Bridge

  • Cannaregio

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitized between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • Temperature screening is compulsory for all visitors
  • Visitors over 18 must show their ID and proof of one of the following: a full vaccination or first vaccination (this requirement varies depending on the country) received at least 15 days prior, recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative result from a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before the experience starts. This may also apply to those aged 12 and above
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative result from a recent antigen or molecular test may be required, please check the local requirements before your visit.
  • What's included
    • All food tastings at the different bacari
    • Get to taste the local prosecco, spritz and wine
    • Short local Gondola Ride to cross the Grand Canal
    • Tasting of typical Venetian food at a local restaurant
    • Expert local tour guide
    • Small groups of 15 people or fewer
    What's not included
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    Reduced price
    • Infants (0-3): free (no reservation required)
    • Children (4-12): reduced price
    Where

    Sestiere S. Polo, 122, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy

    Meeting point:

    The meeting point is at the central fountain of Campo San Giacomo di Rialto (Campo San Giacometto).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.

    What to remember
    • 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
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    When

    Departure time:

    • Meeting time: 10.15am
    • Departure time: 10.30am

    Duration: 3 hours

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    Provider
    Walks of Italy
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 1% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.
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