Venice Food and Wine Tours

Unearthing the Rich Flavors of The Floating City

With its unique network of small islands separated by narrow canals and linked by arching bridges, it´s no wonder that Venice - the world´s only fully pedestrian city - seems to be on every traveler’s bucket list. Take the Vaporetto dell'Arte waterbus to the architectural masterpieces lining the Grand Canal. Tour Palazzo Ducale, Saint Mark´s Basilica, San Giacomo di Rialto and the 5 Jewish synagogues. Walk along sunny Zattere promenade or inside the Bridge of Sighs. Visit Murano´s glass museum and learn about lace in Burano. And for a peak at local products, explore the vibrant Rialto markets.

Ready to discover Venice’s culinary treasures? Start with risotto, traditionally prepared as risi e bisi (with ham and peas), or polenta, a versatile cornmeal served with sausages, schie (fried lagoon shrimp) or osei (skewered, roasted songbirds). Each region of Italy has its signature pasta, Venice’s contribution being long, thick bìgołi, served with anchovy and onion salsa. Veneto boasts 28 DOC’s and 14 DOCG’s - a huge variety of wines. Bianco di Custoza pairs beautifully with seafood, while a fruity Bardolino or Valpolicella complement risotto and pasta perfectly.

Before dinner, hit up a bacari bar for a fresh Spritz of local Prosecco with Aperol or Campari, along with some Venetian tapas (cicchetti): fried smelts, arancini rice balls, miniature panini andbaccalà mantecato (creamy cod mousse on grilled polenta). Then, order Venetian classics: moleche (fried soft-shell crabs), seppie al nero (cuttlefish in ink), fegato alla veneziana (liver and onions), or sarde in saor, fried sardines in a sweet and sour marinade of white onions, vinegar, raisins and pine nuts. For dessert try moist pinza bread pudding or creamy tiramisu.

Perk up with a caffè in the afternoon, along with a crunchy baicoli biscuit or frittole doughnut.

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