1. Italy
  2. Veneto
  3. Venice
  4. Grand Canal

Venice: Cicchetti Dishes and Wine Bar with a Local

Product ID: 9449
Take your tastebuds on a delicious adventure with this guided tour of Venice’s bacari wine bars and their famous cicchetti dishes. These small tapas-style dishes are ideal for pairing with Italian wine. Tour the city's famous bars and dine like a local.
About this activity
Duration: 2.5 hours
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English, German
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about Venice through its bars and taverns
  • Experience the buzz of bacari wine bars
  • Sample local wines and fresh Venetian cuisine
  • Discover Venice’s delicious range of small cicchetti dishes
  • Ride a gondola into the Rialto area
Full description
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. 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 you cross the Grand Canal the way the locals do. Once in Rialto, the food tasting can begin! A briefing on local products at the market (only available in the morning tour) precedes the first stop 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). 
The second foodie stop is a historic spot which will help you better understand the Venetian culture of 'bacari' and how to enjoy this experience while you’re flying solo around the city. 

A few secret, 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 the iconic Rialto bridge, 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.
Includes
  • Local english speaking guide
  • 4 glasses of wine
  • 4 cicchetti dishes (local tapas)
  • 1 dessert
  • Rialto food market visit (morning tour only)
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Traghetto gondola crossing fee (€2 per person payable in cash at the time of crossing)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet at Campo della Maddalena, Cannaregio.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Children below the age of 6 are not permitted to take part in this tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 313 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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excellent evening with our beautiful and informative host, helene. as a born and bred venetian , she brought a very interesting perspective and knowledge of venice, including the history. we had ample food and wine and appreciated the small group format. both my husband and i felt it was good value , and would highly recommend.

14 November 2019

Great experience

This is the third of these types of tours that I’ve done, and they never disappoint! Giovanna was wonderful, informed and insightful. It was a great way to orient yourself to Venice. My suggestion is to book it early in your trip, often suggestions are made that you will want to fit into your itinerary.

30 June 2019

its was a fantastic tour, great food and drink and gave a real insight into the city. the tour guide was brilliant! engaging, friendly, and had a real passion for sustainability. We would have no hesitation in recommending her, if you are getting a tour in venice, go to this guide and you will not be disappointed!

18 June 2019

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Product ID: 9449