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Venice In A Day ~ Food & Art Tours™

Cicchetti Tour, Poet’s Walking Tour, Murano & Burano Boat Tour~1 Day

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“Winding waterways, gliding gondolas, quaint bridges and ancient palazzos 

 

Discover the food, art & wine of Venice in any of our one day Venice tours.  Visit the Rialto Market, Murano, Burano, Dorsoduro of Venice, and experience the food, wine and culture of Venice!  Learn the history of Venetian masks, walk the small neighborhood quarters on a Bacaro tour, while tasting and sipping your way through magical Venice.  These one-of-a-kind Venice tours offer an insider’s view of the beautiful region built on 117 enchanting islands.

* Please note: prices do not include transportation, accommodations or any other excursions.

Cicchetti Tour

Food Lover’s Tour with Tastings, Art & Culture

Our cicchetti tour features a walk through Venice with our English speaking guide while visiting the bacari, a typical Venetian bar, for food tastings and delicious wine.  Our 2 hour tour starts in the afternoon and takes you through the canals of Venice including stops in a historical bacari, where you will taste small portions of local foods that pair up with the local Venetian wine.  Cicchetti food will include  sarde in soar, a sweet and sour fish specialty, polpette di carne or polpette di tonno, Venetian veal and tuna meatballs, tramezzini, an assortment of delicate tea sandwiches, moscadini boleti, baby octopus, baccala mantecato, whipped baccala, capesante al forgo, baked scallops, to name a few. A true cicchetti experience offers you an an assortment of antipasti, small finger foods, with an ombre, a glass of wine from Veneto. Your guide brings you into the Venetian tradition with a stroll at sunset and a colorful experience of meeting locals, sipping delicious wine of the region and tasting a wide variety of delicious food!

Program Prices

160 Euros per person, based on 2 guests.
95 Euros per person, based on 4 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.

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The Venice Writer’s, Poets & Literati Tour

A Walking Tour in the Footsteps of the Great Writers of Venice

The Venice Writer’s, Poets & Literati Walking Tour follows the footsteps of the great writers who once lived in Venice and wrote about this magical city.  Your English-speaking guide will take you through canals and over footbridges while explaining the great writers and reading passages from their work, including Lord Byron, Marcel Proust, Henry James, Richard Wagner, Thomas Mann, and Ernest Hemingway.  The Venice Writer’s, Poets & Literati Tour brings you to the places where the words themselves come to life. Pack your notebook and pen and soak up the stories,  while learning about landmarks, monuments and the authors who made them come alive in their writings. Entrance fees to museums are not included.

Program Prices

325 Euros total, based on groups of 1 to 6 people.

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Campo Saint Margherita Guided Walking Tour

Artisan Market-Outdoor Cafés-Bookshops

The Campo Santa Margherita Walking Tour includes all our favorite caffès, stops and shops.  Start with our award-winning Venetian artist who has captured many schools of art, picturesque water colors of Venetian palazzos, gondolas and waterways, to his vibrant oils on canvas of life on the Grand Canal, to his hand-crafted masks in gold and crystals. His studio comprises his work and that of other Venetian artists.

Then it’s off to the Campo Santa Margherita, where bookshops, caffès, and pastry shops line the narrow footpath that leads to the Campo. The Dorsoduro quarter is also home to the San Sebastiano and San Trovaso churches. The Campo is a large piazza lined with several caffès spilling onto the square on a warm sunny day. There is also a morning outdoor market where local venders sell fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, cheese and bread.  Sip a steamy cappuccino or a wine whiling penning a post card.

Visit Venice’s most treasured mask-maker with our English-speaking guide. This award-winning Baroque mask maker applauded by the Venetian Academy will wow you with his handmade collection. All of his masks are produced in limited edition.

The tour continues on to Maurizo’s, a one-kind-market stocked with authentic Venetian wine and provisions. Our well-heeled food lover, Maurizio is a connoisseur of quality Venetian rice, polenta, pasta, cheese, wood-oven bread, local wine, and he knows how to cook Venetian food to perfection. His wine corner stocks Venice’s only locally produced wine made on the island Torcello. Bring your shopping list and recipe book, and let Maurizo fill your shopping basket. His knowledge and passion for Venetian food, wine and traditional cooking is insurmountable.

We suggest a lunch on your own at our local trattoria for the best lunch in the Campo. Tickle your taste buds with the fragolino, called the Forbidden Wine.  This sparkling pink wine pairs well with lunch.  Enjoy a lunch consisting of Venetian shrimp tossed with rucola black Venetian pasta, a fresh glass of local wine and dessert – semifreddo.  This is just a sample of the gourmet fare served in the gastronomical tour in beautiful Venice.

Last stop on the tour – a Venetian chocolatier!!!  This famous artisan chocolatier transforms cocoa beans into delicious white, dark, caramel, caffè, and lemon chocolate.

Program Prices

160 Euros per person, based on 2 guests.
95 Euros per person, based on 4 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.

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Venice Lagoon Tour To Murano & Burano

Meet your English-speaking guide for a Lagoon Tour to Murano & Burano with a private boat. This 4-hour tour takes you to the into the lagoon of Venice to the Islands of Murano, known for the famous glass-blowing, and Burano, known for the artisan lace, merletto & the local speciality bussolai buranelli, egg yolk- yellow cookies perfect for dipping in Vin Santo, tea or even Prosecco!  Your guide with share with you the secrets about these arts, where to eat and where to shop.  This is a unique way to visit the islands of Murano and Burano!

Program Prices

Please us call for pricing.  Prices vary depending on your group size.

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Venetian Mask Workshop Visit

Create & Design Your Own Mask

This incredible Venetian Mask experience takes you into the workshop of a renowned Venetian mask-maker for a discussion and historical look at Venetian mask.  Learn how the artisan mask was born, the steps needed to create a mask, and the stories and myths behind the masks of Carnevale and Venetian commedie dell’arte.

Learn about traditional Venetian decoration and characters such as the classic Bauta, a simple full face mask, la Farfalla, the butterfly mask, la Dama, the woman, Pinocchio, Zanni, servants and Jolly, the joker. Paint and decorate your mask of choice with ribbons, feathers, crystals, beads and more.  Mask making not included in the tour price.  Mask making prices vary according to the jewels and decorations selected.

Program Prices

220 Euros total, based on groups of 1 to 8 guests. Tour are available from Monday to Friday.

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Hidden Venice From Dorsoduro To Zattere

The Hidden Venice Tour takes you into secret corners of the Dorsoduro district, Venice’s elegant Rive Gauche, for an insightful visit to one of Venice’s oldest neighborhoods.  The 2 hour tour with English-speaking guide starts at the Campo Santa Margherita to San Nicolò dei Mendicoli.  The tour continue to the Renaissance church of San Sebastiano – one of the saints invoked to save the sick during the Black Plague – masterly decorated with frescoes and canvases by Paolo Veronese, who lies buried here.  Then it is on to San Trovaso, one of the last gondola yards, before the tour ends at the Zattere, the sunny promenade along the Giudecca Canal.

Program Prices

325 Euros total, based on groups of 1 to 6 guests

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Cannareggio & Jewish Venice

Cannaregio, one of the six sestieri (neighborhoods) of Venice, is even today an area inhabited by Venetians. On this tour, you will visit the open air market, the Jewish Ghetto, and the Gothic church of la Madonna dell’Orto that hosts powerful canvases by Tintoretto. Your English-speaking guide continues to Venice’s synagogues and Jewish Museum.  Museum entrance tickets not included.

Program Prices

325E for a group from 1 to 6 guests.

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Venetian Museum Tour – Accademia, Ca’Rezzonico or Guggenheim

Enjoy an in-depth 3-hour guided tour to either the Galleria dell’Accademia, where the most important collection of Venetian paintings are held, dating from the 14th to 17th century, the Ca’ Rezzonico, dedicated to 18th century Venice in  art, or the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, noted for European and American art of the first half of the 20th century – with works by Picasso, Braque, De Chirico and Kandinsky.

Program Prices

325 Euros total, based on groups of 1 to 6 guests.

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Venetian Glass Blowing Tour

Join us in an artisan glass-making tour on the romantic island of Murano. Sail to the island of Murano with Cooking Vacations for a fun and unique day of glass-blowing and artisan jewelry making with a family who has been making Venetian glass for centuries.

Each guest will have a unique experience with our master Murano glassmakers.  Learn how to select the glass, blend colors and add  threads of gold in the process.  Learn the technique of layering colored liquid glass, cane working, filigree, engraving and submersion. Following the tour, you will be able to create your own glass piece using over 100 glass beads and pieces to create either a necklace, bracelet or mosaic, beads, supplies and final necklace or bracelet included in price.

Murano glass making, dating back to the 7th century, includes using crystalline glass, smalto, and aventurine, with threads of gold, millefiori, multicolored and lattimo, mild glass. It is a serious art and today the Venetian artisans continue to create masterpieces of chandeliers, frames, jewel boxes and glasses for Prosecco and wine!

The tour is 2 hours and includes a pick up by boat at your meeting point, transfer to Murano, tour with the glass blower, and 30 minute glass making workshop.

Program Prices

$155 per person, based on 2 guests.

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2021 Dates: This program is available throughout the year and tours are available every day based on request. Rates are subject to change based on currency exchange. Call for updated rates. Airfare not included. Group transfers for any cooking tour or tours that include transfers, are for the group and are not private. Transfers before, after or to another destination outside of your cooking tour are not included in the program price. If you would like to add on a private transfer or transfers, let us know and we will send you pricing.