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Experience Venice like a Local: 5 Cicchetti & 5 Wines

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Experience Venice like a Local: 5 Cicchetti & 5 Wines
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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Taste your way through the backstreet bars of Venice on this delicious food and wine tour. Follow your local guide to different ‘enotecas’ (wine bars) to discover where local Venetians go to drink and mingle. At each stop, sample regional wines and Prosecco served alongside plates of the popular Venetian appetizers called ‘cicchetti.’ Group size is limited to 12 to ensure a personalized experience.
  • Visit the city’s best cicchetti bars, famous for their Venetian tapas-style dishes
  • Savor small plates of local specialties like marinated seafood with polenta
  • Hop aboard a gondola and glide across the Grand Canal
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensures personalized attention
  • This tour is carbon neutral, operated by the world’s largest travel B Corp accredited company
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Friendly Local English-speaking guide
Enjoy 5 Food and 5 Drink Stops on a Walking Tour
Drink 5 Glasses of Local Wine
Taste 4 Cicchetti dishes and 1 dessert
Cross the famous canal on a traghetto gondola
Discover magical Venice with a local by your side
Get personalised tips for the area's best bars and eateries.
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Campo de la Maddalena , Campo de la Maddalena, 30121 Venezia VE, Italy

Infront of Church of the Maddalena on the Maddalena Square, Cannaregio, Venezia

Campo San Bortolomio , Campo S. Bortolomio, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Campo San Bortolomio

This tour provides a great introduction to the distinct flavors of Venetian cuisine. Make your way to meet your guide and the other members of this small-group tour. Your first stop is a bar that occupies the former site of a charcoal store. Soak up the historic character and sample cicchetti such as marinated olives and polenta wedges topped with seafood.

Stroll over to the Cannaregio neighborhood and duck into an 18th-century watering hole on the bustling Strada Nuova. Sink your teeth into some of the bar’s famous polpette, or spicy fried meatballs. From here, cross the Grand Canal on a traghetto passenger ferry (own expense) and stop at the historic, open-air Rialto Market, where many Venetians shop for daily fresh produce and seafood.

Visit more bars in central Venice, each with unique atmospheres and specialty cicchetti. Taste different varietals of regional wine and toast your Venice vacation with a glass of sparkling Prosecco. At the end of your tour, say farewell to your tour guide and fellow food lovers at the iconic Rialto Bridge.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Casa Vacanze Venezia - Campo della Maddalena
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. We are starting our tour in one of the most historical squares in Venice. It’s chimeneys are iconic as are one of the few left in the city and the Round Church of La Maddalena is part of the masonic history of Venice.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cannaregio
We will walk in the Cannaregio neighbourhood, one of the few remaining residential areas of Venice, known for being a popular afterwork meeting spot for thirsty locals. We will 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.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Canal Grande
We cross the Grand Canal as part of the tour in the traghetto gondola boat. It’s an experience to discover the main water canal of Venice and see how the life goes by in the “highway” of the city.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mercato di Rialto
Once in Rialto, we will 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).
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cantina Do Mori
As part of the tour stops, this “bacaro” or Cicchetti venue is among the oldest in Venice. Dating back from the 1462 (before the discovery of America!) is one of the main places for the markets vendors to have their lunch break over a glass of local wine and a cicchetto snack. We will stop here for a glass of local produce wine and a traditional Venetian cicchetto. Your guide will show you all the historical features in the venue while you taste all the local food and wines.
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ponte di Rialto
A few secret and 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.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Additional Information: There may be a change of itinerary according to opening times of bars and restaurants along the way depending on how crowded they are. However, all the bars you are taken to are of the same standard, so you will not be missing out if the itinerary does change.
  • All the stores and foodie spots we visit are 100% owned and run by locals, ensuring that the local population benefit from tourism to their city. So any inclusions on the tour and additional purchases you make will directly benefit the local community.
  • We will take you off the main tourist trail to some of the many hidden gem neighbourhoods beyond St Mark's Square, helping to ease tourist congestion,
  • You will pick up some responsible travel tips that will help you to be a greener traveller while you’re in the city
  • Please note that starting February 1, 2022, the additional activities, including day tours, previously allowed with a basic green pass now require a super green pass. A Super Green Pass is valid up to six months from the time of the most recent vaccination (fully vaccinated). Please check your vaccine certificate and make sure you are within the 6-month time limit from your second dose or booster shot, before joining the tour.
  • Travellers aged 18+ must produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination on Intrepid Urban Adventures tours. Children aged 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted no more than 72 hours before your tour, proof of recovery dated no more than 9 months or proof of vaccination.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Intrepid Urban Adventures - Italy
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Experience Venice like a Local: 5 Cicchetti & 5 Wines?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Experience Venice like a Local: 5 Cicchetti & 5 Wines.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Experience Venice like a Local: 5 Cicchetti & 5 Wines?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Experience Venice like a Local: 5 Cicchetti & 5 Wines.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Experience Venice like a Local: 5 Cicchetti & 5 Wines?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Experience Venice like a Local: 5 Cicchetti & 5 Wines.

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  • "Lots of walking on this tour so wear your most comfortable shoes- and there really isn’t a chance to sit down." See review
  • "We highly recommend this tour, but do it early in your Venice stay, to try the places we went to, and avoid the more touristy places." See review
  • "When it's bad weather, would be nice to have indoor options!" See review

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star-5
Great guide! Great food! Great wine!
Vince_D
, Aug 2022
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly! The food and wine were excellent! Highly recommend for anyone traveling to Venice.
star-5
Fun outing!
Tracy_M
, Aug 2022
It was a great adventure! Our group was a little rowdy (day drinking) but Camilla handled it well! I'd do it again!
star-4
Seeing Some Bars of Venice
Nond_C
, Aug 2022
Nice little tour of a few bars within Venice to get some wine and snacks while seeing some of the neighborhood. The wine and food was decent, but nothing spectacular.
star-4
Just OK
Susanne_B
, Aug 2022
It was just ok. Very expensive for what you got. Our tour guide was nice but it only included 4 places not 5 like advertised. The last place we were there for like 10 minutes given two wines and the desert was one small cookie. We paid for 4 people way to much. And finally decided do not like the food way to fishy.
star-5
This is the first thing you should do in Venice!
Neil_S
, Aug 2022
This is the first thing you should do when you arrive in Venice. An absolute must! Camilla was amazing. She took us through the best parts of Venice where they have the best markets, restaurants and bars. All at a very good price. My fiancé and I did it completely the wrong way around. We did St Marks and Doges Palace first, along with spend horrific amounts of money on lunches and dinners. We were thinking 3 days was great but enough for Venice. If we did the “experience Venice like a local” tour first, we’d have had an even better time at half the price. After we did this tour we wanted to stay longer and Venice is now definitely a place that we’ll be coming back to. You’ll want to stay twice as long after this tour.
star-2
Not worth the money
Laura_S
, Aug 2022
Ursula, the guide was very sweet but instead of 5 stops, she only did 4 stops and crammed 2 glasses of wine, a chiccheti and one warm cookie in the last stop. At one of the stops one person asked for white instead of red wine and the guide changed it but when I asked for the same she said she can't. At an other stop she gave part of the group one kind of food and the other half got another kind of food. She said more food will come and each part of the group will get to taste the other food. We waited for a while but no more food came so she continued the tour like nothing happened.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hello Laura – Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. We are sorry to learn that your tour was not felt to offer value for money. We would welcome your additional comments and how you feel we could better manage our customers expectation. If you would like to do so, please contact our Customer Care team at customercare@intrepidtravel.com
star-5
Great start to our Venice Honeymoon!
Steven_M
, Aug 2022
Portions were great! Locations were perfect. Definitely recommend doing this at the start of your trip to get the true feel of Venice!
star-5
Must Do!
Hilary_H
, Jul 2022
Perfect way to explore Venice as a local! The food and wines at each stop were delicious. Our guide was terrific and helpful! We had an older woman in our group and she always sought out a chair for her. Such a great experience!
star-5
See a local's Venice and taste traditional Venetian foods! An absolute must!
Tony_S
, Jul 2022
What an amazing start to our Venice trip! Camilla is an amazing guide and took us through the more local parts of Venice to sample traditional food and local wine. We took her recommendations and went to a few other places the next day. Great tour and a great way to get away from the more touristy parts of town. Highly recommend!
star-5
A MUST! Lots of fun
Mark_W
, Jul 2022
A great time with our wonderful guide Genavia. She was informative about the area but, not long winded. Best tour of our trip…
star-5
Amazing guided food and wine tour from a local to hidden gems
Matt_P
, Jul 2022
This was the best food tour I have ever done, mostly because Silvia was absolutely amazing. She took us to local spots we would never have known about and gave us lots of recommendations for where else to go. i strongly recommend doing this your first day in Venice so you can check out some of the other places!
star-5
Food and history!
AnnaMaria_B
, Jul 2022
Fantastic tour! Camilla not only hooked us up with delicious tastings, she provided some key history along the way.
star-5
Great experience…
Steve_L
, Jul 2022
Awesome experience… tour guide very knowledgeable and kept us on track. Food and wine was great … most of all walking tour was a great experience!
star-5
Excellent walking and dining tour of Venice
Steven_C
, Jul 2022
Our guide told great stories as we walked the city. So educational!! The different wines were wonderful!
star-5
True to its name - Venice like a local!
Morgan_D
, Jul 2022
Our Venice food tour with Ursula was an unforgettable experience! "Venice like a Local" was true to its name - we tasted many adventurous, Venetian tapas-style dishes. Each stop included a local wine as well.
star-5
Highlight of Venice
Samantha_T
, Jul 2022
We spent 8 days in Rome, Florence and Venice and our tour with Silvia was the highlight! Thank you so much for giving us a locals perspective of Venice while helping us learn and laugh. Silvia is the best!
star-5
Amazing food and Sylvia was the best!
Meccay_N
, Jul 2022
We absolutely loved our experience with Sylvia! She was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about Venice’s food, art, and history. There’s nothing like taking a food tour with a local trying dishes you normally wouldn’t order and finding out how much you love them. You really get a feel for being a local while eating at some of the best holes-in-the-wall. The group was small and intimate which made for great opportunity to chat with everyone and move through the city easily. We cannot recommend this tour and Sylvia enough!
star-5
Educational, tasty and truly a unforgettable Venetian experience!
Corina_G
, Jul 2022
Camila was passionate and enthusiastic about the whole experience! She picked a truly authentic experience with food and wine for us to understand the past present day Venetian culture. She was amazing and I would recommend this tour again and again!!
star-5
Excellent
Christine_H
, Jul 2022
Lovely time meeting new people. Our tour guide was kind and thorough. Her love of travel really shone through. The food and drink was plentiful and tasty and took us to areas we wouldn’t have otherwise experienced.
star-5
Do it!!!
MaryAlice_S
, Jun 2022
Wonderful tour, lots of fun facts about Venice shared - Camilla was amazing - so lovely - Cicchetti was excellent- learned a lot about local cuisine and while they may have been small bites - we actually got full! Only negative feedback was finding the meeting spot - a bit confusing - would have been beneficial if we had the name of the building.
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