Join us in Venice hands-on cooking classes, a Rialto market tour and an unforgettable Bacaro Tour with your private guide taking you into the historic cafes for a taste of cicchetti and a glass of ombra, wine.
Venice is a magical place where where food and culture mesmerise – gondolas glide along narrow canals and festive Carnival masks are everywhere. The Rialto market, dating back to the ninth century, bustles with venders selling fish, fruits and vegetables, artisan cheese, herbs, bread and wine. It’s a food lover’s dream where Old World tradition blends with modern innovation. There’s ancient art, literature, and opera. Our English-speaking guides and hosts, Sara and Daniela, welcome you to Venice and share their stories, monuments, tours and tastings. Get ready to cook and explore, and fall in love with Venice.
Venetian Cooking Classes
In the kitchen, Chefs Enzo and Vittorio will teach you the best of Venetian cooking in hands-on cooking classes spanning ingredients from the Renaissance to today. You will learn the traditions and technique using farm-to-table products and produce from the Rialto Market. Fresh fish, meat, fruit, vegetables and produce are used to make antipasto, fresh pasta and sauces, risotto, main courses and desserts. Learn how to make peperonata, a local antipasto with red pepper, capers and olives, creamy risotto, or sea bass and artichokes. You will learn how to make Venetian desserts such as zaletti and bussole, biscotti. Tie on your apron and get ready for a splendid cooking experience with Chef Enzo and Vittorio in their Venetian kitchen!
Cooking Class menus vary by season, a sampler includes:
Seasonal vegetables sautéed and served with sea salt, herbs & olive oil
Risotto with shrimp and artichokes
Fresh sea bass encrusted in a bed of sea salt and slow baked
Venetian flan finished with a creamy cheese sauce
Risotto with mushrooms served with homemade sausage
Tenderloin encrusted with herbs
Creamy warm custard drizzled with Marsala wine and served with Baicoli biscotti
Fresh Pasta Menu
Venetian pasta served in a light tomato sauce with Parmesan cheese
Potato gnocchi with a duck sauce ragù
Fresh hand-made ravioli stuffed with fresh spinach, Ricotta,
Mozzarella, Parmesan cheese, and sautéed in sage butter
Mixed seasonal salad with fresh fruit, walnuts & extra virgin olive oil
Fresh fruit bavaroise
Menus vary using the highest quality ingredients available at the Rialto Market, and can be tailored to accommodate diet requests and allergies.
Live like a Venetian and step back in time at the privately-owned 4 star hotel in the heart of Venice. The hotel, a 17th century villa property nestled on a quiet waterway just off the Grand Canal, is a very short walk from the Accademia Bridge and vaporetto stop. Check in to your lovely and spacious bedroom furnished with Venetian antiques, beautiful linens, and modern comforts such as air conditioning, mini bar, international TV, private ensuite bath, and in-room wireless internet. A friendly and professional staff is at your service and ready to answer any questions and help you during your stay. An expansive daily breakfast with Venetian cakes, biscotti, fresh fruit, eggs, artisan bread, yogurt, ham, cheese, cappuccino, tea and fresh fruit juices is served in the elegant breakfast room overlooking the garden and waterway. Following breakfast, step outside and stroll along the canal where artisan shops, bookshops, wine bars, museums are conveniently located. The 4-star villa hotel is set in one of the most beautiful areas of Venice.
Venice’s famous Rialto Market is a bustling place starting at dawn. Venders sail up from their barges, unload their products and set up their stands for what becomes a colorful scene of buyers, sellers and spectators – examining and negotiating between crates and stands. Fish is famous in Venice, along with farm-to-table fruit, vegetables and produce, herbs, spices, fruits and more. This is a landmark marketplace that has been in existence since 1097 with the same generation of established merchants shouting out their specials of the day.
The Campo Margherita
The Campo Margherita is a vibrant and welcoming place and the heart of the Dorsoduro district. The Campo takes its name from the Church of Saint Margherita, dating back to the 9th century. Surrounded by ancient buildings, today it is home to caffés, bookshops, wine bars, and artisan shops. The Campo wakes each morning with an outdoor market where locals vie for the best flower, fish, vegetable and fruit vendors. Caffés pepper the piazza where you can dine on breakfast to lunch, afternoon coffee and late night dinner and drinks.
The Accademia Museum
The perfect ending to any day is a visit to the Accademia, home to a collection of Venetian paintings from Veneto, as well as from the Byzantine and Gothic fourteenth century. There is a beautiful collection of Renaissance art from Bellini, Carpaccio, Giorgione, Veronese, Tintoretto and Tiziano to Gianbattista Tiepolo and Vedutisti. A must on every guest’s visit!!!
Itinerary ~ 4 days, 3 nights
Day 1: Arrival & Chef’s Tasting Dinner
- Check in and relax.
- Enjoy a Chef’s Tasting Dinner at our favorite restaurant featuring a sampling of Venetian fare – antipasto, fresh pasta, main course and dessert. Wine & beverages at a surcharge, not included.
Day 2: Rialto Market Tour & Cooking Class
- Breakfast is served.
- Breakfast is served.
- Explore the best of culinary Venice with your Chef as you discover the Rialto Market. The Rialto Market is a historic place where venders have been selling their fruits, vegetables, fish, artisan cheese, wine and bread since the 9th century. Learn about the local cuisine as you discover its history and products.
- After the market visit, head into the kitchen for your hands-on cooking class 2 preparing an antipasto, fresh pasta or risotto, main course and dessert. Following the cooking class, everyone enjoys the food that was prepared in the cooking class. Wine, water and dessert included.
- Afternoon free, suggestion: visit Saint Mark’s Square, Saint Mark’s Cathedral and Palazzo Ducale on your own. Or, you may choose to add-on a 2-hour guided tour for an in-depth look into the famous square.
- Dinner on your own, suggestions provided.
Day 3: Cicchetti & Bacaro Tour
- Breakfast is served.
- Morning free. Suggestion: Visit the Accademia Museum: After lunch a few steps will lead you to the Accademia. The Accademia Galleries is located in the prestigious center of the Scuola Grande of Santa Maria della Carità. The church of Santa Maria and the monastery of the Canonici Lateranensi, built by Andrea Palladio, are integral parts of the Accademia. This world-class museum houses the most precious masterpieces in Venice including a very important collection of Venetian paintings spanning the Bizantine and Gothic 14th century to the Renaissance, Bellini, Carpaccio, Giorgione, Veronese, Tintoretto, and Tiziano until Gianbattista Tiepolo and the Vedutisti of the 18th century, Canaletto, Guardi, Bellotto, Longhi. English-speaking guided tour available upon request, guide’s fee not included.
- In the afternoon, meet your guide for your Bacaro Tour. This walking tour includes a 2-hour stroll through Venice with stops in historical bacari, the typical Venetian bar, where cicchetti, small bites and ombra, wine, is served, This tour explores the tradition of the aperitivo in Venice in relaxing stroll, with wine and tastings included.
- Dinner is on your own.
Day 4: Departure
- Breakfast is served.
- Ciao – Arrivederci!
*Note: This schedule may vary due to inclement weather, saint days or festivals. All activities, in the event of rescheduling, are always included during the program.
- 4 days, 3 nights accommodations at 4 star boutique hotel, based on based on two guests in a classic room. Upgrade to a superior room with canal view is available upon request.
- Daily breakfast and maid service.
- Chef’s Tasting Dinner on first night of arrival featuring a full course menu. Wine and beverages not included.
- 1 cooking class followed by lunch or dinner including the foods that were prepared in the cooking class with wine, water and dessert included.
- Rialto Market Tour with English-speaking guide.
- Bacaro cicchetti tour with tastings and wine included.
- Cooking Vacations welcome bag with chef’s apron and recipe booklet.
$1,895 per person, based on two guests.
For Single Guests: If you are traveling on your own, please call us for the best group price. We are happy to welcome you into an already scheduled group.
Transfers from Venice Marco Polo Airport, including a hostess to meet you and accompany you from the airport to to your hotel, are available at a surcharge. Please call us for pricing, as prices vary depending on the number of guests in your group. Porter service is not included, call us for prices.
*Supplement may apply during fair dates. An Italian visitor tax may apply in some cities and must be paid directly on site at check out.