Venice is a unique and historic city, full of wonderful culture, architecture, sites, and of course, food. Coffee and pastries, especially tiramisu, cicchetti (different tapas-like foods), seafood, pasta, and of course, Italian wine—they’ve got it all. If you take a tour, you can have a guide take you through the less touristy spots - places where the locals go - and learn some interesting things about Venice’s history.
If amazing food is what you’re after in Italy, book any one of these top 10 food tours in Venice and you’ll be sure to have tasty memories that will last a lifetime!
This tour takes you around a few taverns in Venice—the Al Volto, the Al Portego, and the Do Spade—where you’ll sample some Venetian wine, or “ombra and snack on some delicious appetizers, that include different meat and vegetables, as well as Venetian classics like seafood and cicchetti.
This tour departs from Campo San Bartolomeo and begins with a walk through the market at Rialto Bridge. Aside from the food and wine tasting, a local guide will lead you around.
The Bacaro of Venice Tour
Departure Point: Campo San Bartolomeo, Venice
Price: from 60.24 USD
This is a guided walking tasting tour through the Rialto Market and it goes for two and a half hours, so be sure to wear your walking shoes! You’ll get to experience food in Venice the way locals do and sample various fruit, vegetables, cheese, desserts, seafood, and more. Take in all the market has to offer, and experience the historical landmarks of Campo San Polo and Campo San Bartolomeo.
Venice: 2.5-Hour Street Food Tour with a Local Guide
Duration: 2.5 hour
Departing from Campo de la Maddalena, this tour will take you to five different historic Venetian wine bars frequented by locals, and through the Rialto Market. You’ll eat delectable cicchetti, such as spicy meatballs, marinated olives and polenta with seafood. You’ll even get to ride a traghetto (ferry) across the canal. This is a guided tour and lasts two and a half hours.
Venice Guided Food Tour with Traditional Cicchetti and Wine
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
If you’re in Venice for the pastries, desserts and coffee, this is your tour. A local guide will take you through Cannaregio and Castello, where you’ll sample traditional Venetian desserts from local family-run bakeries and cafés. Another highlight is getting to taste some traditional tiramisu and a fun fact: Venice is where tiramisu was invented! You’ll also learn about Venice’s history of coffee and the etiquette of how to drink “caffè” like the locals do.
Lonely Planet Experiences: Venice Bakery and Dessert Tour
Duration: 3 hour
Here’s a cool tour if you’re looking for something other than a standard food tour. In this three and a half hour guided tour, you’ll visit three different bars for appetizers and drinks at each one. Then, your guide will walk you through Campo San Bartolomeo, Cannaregio, and Castello, telling some stories of Venice’s mysteries and ghosts.
Venice evening walking tour: Food and ghost stories
Departure Point: Campo San Bartolomeo, in front of the Goldoni statue
Price: from 96.18 USD
If you’re looking for an authentic and historical experience, this tour is a good choice. With eight stops and 13 different tastings, you’ll visit historic and local bars and restaurants that aren’t as well-known to tourists. You’ll sample everything from coffee and pastries to cicchetti and seafood, even gelato—and you’ll learn all about the dishes you’re eating.
The tour lasts about three hours, and it’s a small group of people (maximum of eight), so you’re assured a more personalized tour.
Venice Small-Group Food-Tasting Walking Tour
Duration: 150 to 210 minutes
Who wouldn’t want to go on a gondola ride when in Venice? Well, you’ll get one on this tour, as well as some food tastings, wine, prosecco, and a lunch of pasta, followed by gelato. Keep in mind that the gondola ride is short, only a two-minute ride. This is also another tour that takes smaller groups of people, to heighten the experience.
Venice Walking Food Tour with Lunch and Gondola
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
If you’re looking for something that lasts all day, why not try out this six-hour tour of Treviso? You’ll visit three family-run wineries in the historic medieval area of Treviso, including one that goes back five generations. The tour departs from the Piazzale Roma and Treviso is about a half hour away. There you’ll visit the Piazza dei Signori, sample food and drinks at the wineries, and enjoy your surroundings.
Treviso gourmet discovery
Departure Point: Piazzale Roma
Price: from 218.66 USD
This is a four-hour walking tour of Cannaregio’s Jewish ghetto neighbourhood. You’ll see many historic buildings, some of which are seen in the film the Merchant of Venice and you’ll learn about the culinary history of Cannaregio. You’ll visit six sites in total, including restaurants, bakeries, and delis, sampling food such as sarde al saor, a Jewish-Venetian dish.
Jewish ghetto and Cannaregio food tour with dinner
Departure Point: Gam Gam Restaurant Cannaregio, 1122, 30121 Venezia (The restaurant is located near Delle Guglie Bridge)
Price: from 151.85 USD
A shorter tour—one and a half hours—you can cruise the canal in style while taking in sites such as Rialto Bridge, San Michele cemetery, and more. Along the way, you’ll be served appetizers and drinks, and your guide will tell you stories and histories of your surroundings. The tour ends at the Piazza San Marco, where you can enjoy the tour’s company over more appetizers and drinks.
Venice water taxi cruise
Departure Point: Central Venice
The Venetian life
With so many options, you really can’t go wrong. Whether you’re a foodie or not, a food tour is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of Venice. Enjoying the wonderful food and wine is often a wonderful way to ensure you’ll have memories that last a lifetime.
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