Italy is the food capital of the world. Who doesn’t love Italian food? When my husband and I make our annual trip to Italy, I would be lying if I said I didn’t eat half of my body weight while we were there. We eat like royalty when we are in Italy, and binge on authentic pasta, wine, gelato, and fresh dishes packed full of natural Italian herbs and veggies.
If you are planning an upcoming trip to Italy, chances are you aren’t going just for the food, but let’s be honest – it’s at the top of your list of priorities. And, hey we don’t blame you! But, if you are an Italy first-timer, then all of the menu choices and various restaurants and markets can be a bit overwhelming, especially with the language barrier.
Food tours are all the rage in Italy right now. Who wouldn’t love being led through the Italian streets by a pro who lets you stop for snacks and wine every five minutes and knows all of the good places to dine at and what to get off the menu?
Venice is one of the hardest places to avoid the tourist traps. You either risk getting completely lost down the backstreets while hunting for authenticity, or you settle for average and sometimes even microwaved food.
The Roman Guy currently has a Venice Food Tour that is to die for, and an absolute must for anyone traveling to Italy. The guides from The Roman Guy are absolutely amazing, my husband and I always make it a point to book a few tours with them when we are in Italy, and they make our vacation a trip of a lifetime. The Roman Guy doesn’t just cover museums and art exhibits though, they have so much more to offer, including fun and local itineraries like their Venice Food Tour.
If you are a diehard foodie, then you know that Venice is the holy grail of food, and a must-stop when you are visiting Italy. The magical city is packed full of fresh markets, amazing restaurants, and mouth-watering cafes and shops that you might not ever find without the help of a knowledgeable guide.
The Roman Guy’s Venice Food Tour covers it all! The 2.5-hour walking tour will be led by a Venice native who will happily share some of their culture with you. The tour kicks off at a local Bacaro or wine bar. And, once you have tasted wine from Prosecco, nothing will ever compare! The Bacaros in Venice also serve neverending Chichetti, which is basically small snacks like cheese, crackers, or even tiny meatballs. In case you weren’t aware, in Italy wine is a staple, so naturally, you need some appetizers to soak up all the alcohol!
After you fill up on wine and yummy snacks, The Roman Guy includes a gondola ride in this tour! The gondola ride is a great value because it is very expensive to get on a gondola in Venice. Although this ride is certainly not as long or romantic as some are it still gives you a little experience, especially if you’d prefer to spend your money on food and drink instead of romantic boat rides. So you and your group board an authentic gondola to cross the Venice Canal and head to the local fish market. The fish business is a huge part of the Venice culture and their diet.
Of course, after your trip to the market, you will need to stop at another Bacaro and take a little break before you continue your tour. At the second wine bar, your guide will introduce you to the wonderful world of Spritz, another popular Italian drink.
Next up on the Venice Food tour is lunch of course, and luckily for you, your guide will be able to point you towards some amazing local eateries and even be able to help you order. The Venice Food tour ends with a cold and delicious treat, authentic Italian gelato! And contrary to popular belief, gelato is NOT just ice cream, it’s so much better!
The Roman Guy tours are ridiculously affordable, regardless of what kind of travel budget you are on. And the guides really know their stuff! Italian food is truly life-changing, and after 2.5 hours of touring the wine bars and restaurants in Venice, you won’t ever want to leave! If you are planning an upcoming trip to Italy, I highly recommend heading over to the Roman Guy’s official website and booking your Venice Food tour and gondola ride now!
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