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Venice Food Tour: Rialto Market

From US$ 87 per person
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highlights
  • Take a gastronomic walking tour of Venice, stopping at a neighborhood butcher, bakery
  • Taste local wines and cicchetti and learn the rich culinary history of Venice
  • Take in the sights, smells and tastes of the historic Rialto Fruit and Vegetable Market
  • Learn Venetian secrets for choosing the freshest fish
Venice has developed a reputation for over-priced, touristy food — that could not be further from the truth. Our Venice Food Tour is going to change your opinion of Venetian food by sending you beyond the worn out tourist spots with an expert Venetian foodie, who will school you in the rich culinary history of Venice, while showing you the best spots to sample its gastronomic delights.

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.

Your adventure here continues to another local bar for a different kind of cicchetti. Fritti is a common dish of fried fish or vegetables made popular in this very area. 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. We’ll take our fritti as the locals do – on a stick, to go – and 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 called La Colonna. 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.

With intimate groups of 12 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. Your expert, local guide will give you the best recommendations for when, where and how to eat so you’ll never again endure another over-priced, touristy meal in Venice.

what’s included
  • Four cicchetti of your choice
  • Three glasses of wine/prosecco/spritz
  • One fritti to go
  • Pasta lunch
  • Gondola ride across the Grand Canal
  • Small groups of 12 people or fewer
what’s excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Tour details
Availability Every Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 2.5 hours
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
Starts/Ends Venice, Italy/Venice, Italy
customer reviews
4.8 - Excellent Based on 5 reviews
Recommended!
Amy Stephens From Australia At
5 - Excellent
“Our tour was great and the guide was very knowledgeable and personable. It was nice to have just the three of us in this tour. I would recommend her and your company.”
Fantastic food and tour!
Hannah Carver From UK At
5 - Excellent
“Our guide, Mos, was brilliant. We found him knowledgeable, attentive and enthusiastic about Venetian culture and food. The food was fantastic, each dish was perfect and we felt that we experienced real Venetian food. We feel that ending the tour with a coffee and something sweet would have enhanced the experience, since drinking coffee is such a tradition in Venice. We would definitely recommend this tour.”
Fun and recommended!
Toby Ratanasiripong From USA At
5 - Excellent
“Excellent program. Delightful guide. Very casual and fun. Small group allowed for lots of interactions. Highly recommend for first timer to Venice.”
Very nice tour!
Sarah McGrath From UK At
5 - Excellent
“Our tour was wonderful and a great start to our few days in Venice. Moses our guide was knowledgeable, enthusiastic, friendly and took us to some interesting locations to try the local cicchetti and wines. He was very helpful with ideas and recommendations. I would certainly do a Walks tour at the beginning of any other city breaks I may do in the future and my sister will be booking the New York Food and Wine tour when she visits there later in the year. Many thanks. Sarah McGrath”
Good to know ● Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.

● Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.

● 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.

● This tour runs rain or shine. However, please note that the gondola ride cannot operate during heavy rain or high tides. In this case we will provide an alternative itinerary.
Cancellation Cancellations:
- For cancellations made more than 72 hours prior to tour commencement: Full refund.
- For cancellations made within 72 hours prior to tour commencement: No refund can be provided.

Amendments:
- For amendments made more than 72 hours prior to tour commencement: No amendment fee, pending availability.
- For amendments made within 72 hours prior to tour commencement: Amendments subject to a amendment fee per person, per tour, pending availability.

Late Arrivals & No Shows:
- No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
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Walks of Italy / Product Category: Food Tours
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