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Venice: Gondola Ride with Aperitif & Cicchetti Tasting Tour

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Venice: Gondola Ride with Aperitif & Cicchetti Tasting Tour

From US$ 93.80 per person

Enjoy a traditional gondola and walking tour, visiting authentic bars and taverns in the Rialto area, where you will sample cicchetti and taste local wines. Discover curious and hidden Venetian locations, whilst tasting fantastic food and drink.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Enjoy a 30-minute gondola ride through the famous lagoon city
  • Sample typical Venetian bacari and cicchetti
  • Experience the taste and delights of the famous Venetian Aperitif
  • Discover curious and hidden locations and taverns
Full description
Start the tour with a classic gondola ride through the lagoon city of Venice and admire the city built on stilts. After the gondola tour, enjoy some free time to explore the area before your evening tour. Later, step out and follow your guide as they introduce the surrounding area of Rialto, and learn about why it is one of the most famous markets in Europe. Discover why the Venetians have continued with this gastronomic tradition until today. During the tour, visit 2 hidden bars that are found off-the-beaten-track. Meander with the locals, embrace their culture, whilst enjoying local wines and discovering the endless selection of cicchetti on offer. Sip on a cool glass of Prosecco whilst tasting the local Baccalà, or simply taste a rich Merlot and seasonal vegetables cooked in the traditional Venetian way. This tour will introduce you to the true Venetian Aperitif and will give you the confidence to go off and discover other taverns and cicchetti for yourselves. Meet people and relax after a long day of sight-seeing. The tour concludes at the last tavern, in the Rialto area.
  • 30-minute gondola ride
  • Guided tour of the Rialto area
  • including wine and food tasting in two different bars (bacari)
  • A glass of wine in two different locations and accompanying Venetian Cichetti
  • Optional gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of the post office in Calle Larga Ascensione 1256, San Marco Behind the Correr museum in Saint Marks square (opposite side of the St Marks Basilica). For the food tour, meet your guide in Campo San Bortolomio (Rialto), in front of the statue of Goldoni. Look for the assistant with a white sign.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Shared gondola ride (max 5 people per gondola)
  • This is not a restaurant tour but a standing drink and go tour
  • The walking tour will take place rain or shine
  • Children's drinks are not included and must be paid directly by the client
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4.4 /5

based on 10 reviews

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The gondola was a great experience, very romantic and very quiet, it was an unforgettable part of our trip to venice. The tasting tour was also great, our guide was full of goodwill and shared a lot of his experience with us. Also the cichetti were delicious, I highly recommend.

September 12, 2021

We visited 3 bars, we were entitled to 1 drink and a few typically Venetian bites. For the first time in all of our activities in Italy, French took precedence over English, even though there were more of us. Our guide was pleasant, funny and a bit of history with the activity. I recommend that you do the activity with an appetite if you really want to taste and enjoy the bites. We should have done the activity earlier to be able to benefit from the experience later.

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October 16, 2019

very interesting tour in 3 completely different wine bars. An extra star for the nice lady who showed us and explained everything

October 19, 2019

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