This 3-hour tour of traditional Venetian bakeries is perfect for coffee lovers and anyone with a sweet tooth. Join a small group and guide to stroll through the neighborhoods of Castello and Cannaregio, tasting some of the bold coffee that Italians like to linger over and a few of the city's best 'pasticcerie', or desserts. All tastings are included.
Italians love their coffee but there are certain rules one must follow if you’re going to do an Italian caffè in the right way. This tour will make you a coffee expert, but more than that, it will also introduce you to the traditional 'pasticcerie' of Venice.
You’ll meet your local guide at the train station; the first stop on this Venice food tour will be in the heart of the ancient Jewish Ghetto, a neighborhood that is 500 years old and remains an important piece of the Venetian community. It’s here that you’ll taste your first sweet sample as you try a traditional Kosher pastry.
After that, it’s coffee time and what better way to enjoy a coffee in Venice than in an historical torrefazione? You’ll stop at a family-owned business that imports coffee beans from around the world and roasts them directly in their shop. You’ll get to enjoy the aroma while sipping a good cup of coffee — but most importantly, you’ll learn how to drink it like a local.
After your shot of caffeine, you’ll go for a walk through the neighborhood of Cannaregio, passing by the main corners of this residential area. You’ll stop at a family bakery which is famous for its torrone and other traditional desserts of Venice, all prepared using popular ingredients of this part of the world. It’s here that you’ll get a lesson on the history and background of local Venetian cuisine.
You’ll then continue your way towards the Castello neighborhood, the largest sestiere on the island and home to the Arsenale, or Naval Dockyard, of the city. You’ll explore the narrow lanes of the area before stopping into the next pasticceria, an elegant family-run spot that’s the most beloved and famous place to get seasonal desserts during the festivities: panettone at Christmas, colomba at Easter and, depending on the time of year, you’ll get a mix of different desserts to try, appropriate to the season.
Finally, you’ll head to the almost-last stop on this Venice tour to enjoy the famous tiramisu; learn everything about this Veneto dessert while enjoying a delicious homemade one.
From there, you’ll walk towards the ending point at the Rialto Bridge, but you’re not quite finished yet. You can’t miss the opportunity to visit an atelier of chocolate, where you’ll get a gourmet tasting while seeing how this tasty treat is made.
Then, it’s time to say a presto at the steps of Rialto Bridge, where your local guide will give you some tips for continuing your day in Venice, or give you directions to head back to your hotel.