Venice is the city which requires no introduction. World renowned as being the floating city but there is much more to uncover than the top five tourist attractions and that is what we aim to share with you on this food, wine, and sightseeing tour. This evening exploration sets out to showcase the districts of San Polo and Dorsoduro, as well as the food and drinks which makes this city so unique. After all, Italians believe the way to the heart is through good eating and drinking!
Magnificent architecture appears to rise from the watery canals patrolled by gondolas, exposing narrow back streets, churches, and marbled stonework.
A local guide is the only way to explore Venice, their knowledge, historical and cultural insights, and advice is the fastest way to discover the real life of a Venetian. We begin our evening adventure from Piazzale Roma, just steps away from the Train Station Santa Lucia. Naturally, the best way to start a food and drink tour is start by raising a glass and trying some traditional bites.
The path we walk follows the same route locals would to celebrate an event, or simply spend time with friends, and aims to show you a side to Venice which could easily be overlooked without local knowledge. Your guide has selected a collection of their foodie favourites to sample cicchetti, (Italian tapas) and three wine bars for traditional venetian drinks to accompany the food. Your guide will explain the origin of everything and reveal interesting facts which probably aren’t mentioned in your guidebook.
We continue on foot, via the backstreets and twisting alleys until we are sitting in a comfortable hidden venue in the alleys of San Polo district, definitely a top bar to taste Sarde in Saor and Folpetti, or sardines and small octopus in tomato sauce, which is quite delicious! You may be surprised to learn that the real Venetian ‘spritz’ does not have Campari nor Aperol in it. All will be revealed when we serve it up!
This tour isn’t just about food and drink, our Venice evening tour is also a wonderful opportunity to learn of the city’s history, arts, traditions, and interesting aspects of the regional culture. Your guide will take great pleasure in showing off their home and pointing out details of urban Venice; what is the mysterious white dust powdering the alley walls? Find out on this tour.
As we come to the of the tour, we arrive to Campo Santo Stefano where we indulge in our final delicious sampling, the unmissable and most famous regional dessert – tiramisu, and for those with a stronger palate, don’t miss the chance to try a shot of the local fire water – grappa.
La vita è bella!