Private Tour

Venice Street Food Tour with Rialto Market & Cicchetti

Food & Wine
Duration: 2 Hours
Languages: EN, ES, ZH

Savor a taste of Venice away from the tourist trail to discover the city’s culinary history from the days when Venice was a major spice trade port through to the present day. Visit the historic Rialto market, traditional taverns where only locals go, and some hidden gems on this private Venice street food tour. Best of all, you’ll taste Venice from the perspective of our friendly and knowledgeable local guides who always know where to find food at its best!

Perfect for:
  • Families with Kids
  • Foodies
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What to Expect

Immerse yourself in the sights and delights of Venice like a true insider. This Venice street food tour combines a visit to the Rialto Market and the locals’ favorite cicchetti taverns into one fun learning experience. Discover where the locals go to eat and hear tips for Venetian dishes to try. Cap it all with visits to two renowned cichetti taverns to taste mouthwatering morsels of local food with wine.


Leisurely follow your guide on this off-the- beaten-path Venice street food tour of the local market and taverns, as you drink and eat as the Venetians do! On this private-guide led exploration of the city’s bustling market and its famous taverns you will delve into the authentic side of Venetian culture sampling a delectable selection of cicchetti along the way.


Uncover the real Venice through its eatable culture. Your born and bred guide introduces you to local specialties sharing tons of information and entertaining stories. You’re sure to feel like a local today! Not only will you see Venetian's famous canals, squares, and landmarks, but you will also interact with the locals and discover the best foodie hotspots to savor the most authentic and traditional bites.


Experience the real soul of Venice at the historic Rialto market, where you can find delicious food specialties in a wonderful location on the Grand Canal. This centuries-old market is where Venetians have shopped for nearly 1,000 years and today is where restaurant chefs shop. The bustling stalls here offer a fantastic taste of the city selling a wide variety of spices, fruit, vegetables, and fish of all types and stripes.


After a stroll through the outdoor market, you will stop at two selected taverns for sampling cicchetti, Venetian tapas, and an ombra, a small glass of regional wine. Here, you will will breathe an authentic experience and learn why cicchetti have become local specialties. You'll leave with an understanding of Venice's lively food scene, having tasted the dishes that form part of the city's story today.



  • Visit Rialto outdoor food market
  • Explore 2 different taverns
  • Sample 4 cicchetti (typical Venetian finger food)
  • Enjoy 2 glasses of local wine (ombra)


What Is Included

  • Private licensed professional local foodie guide
  • Tastings in two different taverns with 2 ciccheti (Venetian tapas) and a glass of wine (ombra) per person per tavern.

What Is Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Additional cichetti & drinks
  • Tips (optional)
  • Anything not expressly mentioned as included

Meeting Point

In your hotel lobby (only for centrally located hotels) or in the city center. Full details provided upon booking.

Important Information

  • This private tour is available on request Monday through Saturday mornings.
  • Please note that on Mondays the Rialto fish market is closed.

Good to Know

  • During the booking process, tell us if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies. Our team will work with you to ensure you get the most out of your experience.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with impaired mobility.
  • Note to parents with young children: Venice is not a great city to get around with strollers as everything is cobblestone. Consider putting young children in a backpack carrier whenever possible.

How to Book Your Private Tour

  • Send Us Your Inquiry
    Fill out the tour inquiry form and we will respond with availability and price quote.
  • Payment Policy
    Full payment by credit card is required to make a reservation. We use industry leader Stripe for all card transactions.
  • Tour Voucher
    Within two business days of payment, we will email you a voucher with all the booking details. Such email constitutes your proof of purchase.

Tour FAQs

What about the food?

All food tastings are included in the cost of the Venice street food tour. There are two yummy food-tasting stops on tour to savor authentic Venetian cuisine. Inside each tavern, enjoy a glass of ombra (Venetian slang for local wine) as well as a couple of mouthwatering cicchetti bites. The dishes vary, but you can expert tantalizing offerings such as expertly seasoned meatballs, creamy cod mousse or colorful bruschetta. As you nibble on the tasty treats, hear insights from your guide about the local wine and learn about daily life in Venice.

Is this Venice street food tour appropriate for kids?

Yes! Our tour isn’t purely a history tour or tasting experience, but a mix of both. This means there’s plenty of information to keep our younger guests entertained. Not to mention this is one of our most popular kid-friendly activities in Venice.

Are the tastings equivalent to lunch?

Although this isn't a full sit-down meal, clients usually are well-sated by the end of the experience and do not need to make lunch reservations for afterwards.

I'll be going to Florence after my time in Venice. Do you have any food tours there?

In Florence, you may like our Florence Street Food Tour

Would you like to personalize this tour?

If you would like us to put together a bespoke tour tailored to your needs, our dedicated trip planning specialists are on hand to help you develop an experience that will be just right for you and yours.

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