Authentic Venice Evening Food Tour in Cannaregio

Eat traditional Venetian foods in local wine bars

5 / 5 See All 21 Reviews · 2.5h 10 max · Venice, Italy

Venice is globally known for having mouthwatering food and wine. On this tour, you will learn how to make your own Venetian spritz, sample traditional cicchetti (small dishes), and taste the region's best wines in a hand-selected bacari bar.

Tour Details
  • Local Venetian Life
  • Cannaregio
  • Bacari
  • Cicchetti
  • Venetian Spritz
  • Ombra!
  • Venice Food Expert
  • Dinner Included
  • La Dolce Vita

Looking for the best food tour in Venice? Do you want to escape the tourist traps? Do you know why a glass of wine is called “shade”? Join us on a foodie exploration of Venice. Visit some of Venice’s hidden gems with a friendly English-speaking tour guide. Sample some delicious cicchetti dishes and experience Venetian wine bars called bacari. Get a taste of local Venice food cuisine and learn about the city as you fill your stomach with the best regional wine and food. This 2.5 hour tour includes:

- English-speaking, local foodie guide

- Maximum of 10 people per group

- Prosecco, wine and cocktails

- Small plates called "cicchetti"

- Sit down pasta dinner

Cannaregio and the Jewish Ghetto

One of the six historic sestieri or districts of Venice, Cannaregio was traditionally the main entranceway into the city. You will explore this wonderful neighborhood that includes Venice’s Jewish Ghetto. The word ghetto originates in Venice and your guide will explain its etymology. You will see sights full of local Venetian history in the neighborhood now full of Venice’s best food. 

Cicchetti and Bacari 

Cicchetti and bacari are two very important words in Venice. Cicchetti comes from Venetian dialect, meaning “a small savory snack”. Cicchetti is usually served at various little ‘barcari’ (local wine bars) and come in so many delectable varieties. The tradition of going to bacari dates back all the way to the 1300’s. As time went on and the city got bigger, the number of bacari multiplied as more people started desiring wine.

Your local Venetian guide will explain many of the traditions involving why people visited bacari during the day, even in the morning. Italians often eat while drinking wine, as to not get too tipsy. This is where the cicchetti comes in. 

The Spritz

Learn how to make the famous drink Italians love for their happy hour, the aperitivo. An expert bartender will show you the process of the amazing spritz. Whether you have a sweet tooth or prefer bitter drinks, there is a Spritz for everyone. The Campari Spritz has a higher alcohol content than an Aperol Spritz; it is also more bitter than an Aperol Spritz. The Aperol Spritz is the perfect balance of bitter and sweet. Both of these drinks are made with prosecco. 

Ombra and Dinner

In Venice, Ombra is a small glass of wine and means “shade” in Italian. Legend has it that in the old days, wine was sold near the bell tower of Saint Mark’s Square in the shade. People would say “Let’s go drink in the shade by the bell tower.” Today the phrase has been shortened down to one word, ‘Ombra’. At the third stop, you will experience some of the local ombra, as you sit down for a delicious dinner and taste some of the best pasta in Venice.

Gelato in Venice

No Italian foodie experience is complete without tasting some gelato! You will get to taste authentic gelato in one of Venice’s best “gelateria” (gelato shops). Ask your local guide what’s in season and why gelato is different from American ice cream.

You may feel like staying out to experience Venice after the tour ends or you may need a rest after all the eating and drinking. If you’re ready to head home, your guide will happily show you where to catch the nearest “vaporetto” (water taxi) so you can cruise back to your accommodations for the night. Either way, say, “Ciao!” to your fellow foodies and your guide knowing that you have a deeper understanding of the Venetian culture and a tastier understanding of the cuisine!

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Easy walking, short tour of Venetian Food/wine culture

The booking process and instructions made it easy to meet the guide at the designated point - who cant find the Rialto Bridge in Venice??? Our Guide was very amiable and being a long term resident was very knowledgeable. We were plied with our choice of Spritz or wine over the lunch time tour and enjoyed a respectable pasta lunch - not too large after a couple of Bacarri visits. we were in Venice for a two week trip and were familiar with the are we visited on the tour but enjoyed it immensely. Recommended for those on a limited time visit as it provides excellent insight into the city and its culture. Grazie Mille e Buona Giornata

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Skipper N
Fantastic Food Tour

We had a great time with Alessia exploring Venice. We were two couples who were joined by another couple for a small group tour. We stopped for a Spritz and a choice of cicchetti. We them made another stop for more cicchetti and a glass of prosecco before stopping for lunch. We stopped for lunch and finished with gelato. While the food was delicious and fun, the best party was learning about Venice, it's culture and way of life from Alessia, a life long Venetian. We really hated to pay company at the end of the tour. We would have gladly hired her for another tour if she wasn't already fully booked. She was fascinating, friendly, and fun. We all loved the tour. We highly recommend this tour. Fantastico!

Reviewed by
Deb Frommes
Great day in Venice!

Lara was a fantastic guide! We ate our way through Venice and had a great time learning more about the local culture. I recommend a light lunch whichever day you take this tour and be prepared to leave full.

Reviewed by
Jessie P.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

In front of the Teatro Italia, located in Campiello de l'Anconeta

What to bring?

Comfortable shoes and a hearty appetite.

Q: What if I have food allergies, intolerances or other requirements?

A: Please contact us in advance so we can do our best to accommodate your needs. We will do what we can to make accommodations for you. 


Q: Can I bring my kids and do I have to pay for them?


A: If your child is under 6 years of age and will not be eating during the tour, you do not need to pay for them. If they will be eating please pay the youth seat. 


Q: Do the tasting stops on this tour ever change?


A: Stops and tastings on this tour are subject to change due to seasonal/holiday venue closures. As the places we frequent on this food tour are local institutions and family-run businesses, they can close at any time with very little to no notice. In this situation, your guide will take you to another nearby eatery. 

Q: I have doubts about my mobility, is this the right tour for me? 

A: If you have any doubts about your mobility, we recommend you take a private Venice tour instead.


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