Venice: Food, Wine Tastings and Cooking Classes
Small Group Cicchetti & Wine Tasting
Small Group Cicchetti & Wine TastingThis Venetian-style pub crawl provides excellent insight into the "real" Venice, far from the crowds in Piazza San Marco. You will get a glimpse of the daily life of the city's 60,000 full-time inhabitants as you follow Cecilia, your friendly and knowledgeable guide, on an off-the-beaten-track tour of some local hideaways that, as a tourist, you might not find on your own. The objective is to munch on some really delectable bar snacks - the Venetians call them cicchetti - with little glasses of wine known as ombre. Campo della Maddalena, a small square of colorful houses unchanged since medieval times, is the starting point for this three-hour shared tour. Many of these modest houses are topped with unusual chimneys and the first historic bacaro (wine bar) you will visit used to be a warehouse for storing coal. Amidst old iron tools, dark wooden beams and barrels of wine you will taste bruschetta (small slices of toasted bread) topped with mouthwatering ingredients that change every day, depending on the season: baccala' mantecato (creamy cod fish), soft cheeses and sweet pumpkin, to name just a few. Around the corner in the Strada Nuova is Alla Vedova (the widow's place) that has been feeding hungry Venetians since the 18th century. It is justly famous for its polpette (spicy fried meatballs), which are delicious when washed down with a glass of Merlot or Pinot Bianco. Then you will head to Campo Santa Sofia. (scroll down to read more...) After a stroll through the outdoor market, you will enter a hole-in-the-wall place that serves a simple but tasty selection of cicchetti accompanied by regional Italian wines and Prosecco. Stop by a couple of other bacari where the market vendors go - you will visit five in all - and then, on the steps of the Rialto Bridge, say arrivederci to the new-found friends with whom you have shared an unforgettable gastronomic tour of Venice's hidden corners. Please note that this is a sample itinerary and the actual tour might vary.
From $95.00 Per Person
Learn to Cook a Venetian Meal
Learn to Cook a Venetian MealThe cooking class takes place in the chef's cheerful home kitchen, located in the heart of Venice. During this lesson, you will learn the secrets of Venetian cuisine, as well as discover the regional products that make it one of the most prized methods of cooking in Italian cuisine. Chef Isabella will teach you how to prepare a delicious three-course meal using fresh, local ingredients. You will be introduced like as the best way to filet a sea bass and how to prepare a quick and tasty dessert. The menu for this class will be decided by the chef based on season and available ingredients. At the conclusion of this hands-on lesson, you will sit down and enjoy the meal you have personally prepared. Participants will also receive a booklet with the recipes in English so that you can repeat this wonderful experience in your own home kitchen.
From $245.00 Per Person
Veneto: The Land of Prosecco
Veneto: The Land of ProseccoIn the hills around the villages of Valdobbiadene and Conegliano, you will enter a magical world: the land of Prosecco. Tidy rows of vineyards set amidst historic villages are the scenic backdrop for this full day excursion, and this Italian sparkling white wine - often called Italian champagne due to its crisp, bubbly taste - will be your guide. After a short stop by a waterfall beside an old mill, you'll head to the Toffoli Vineyards, known for their fine Prosecco. A visit to the cellars and a guided wine tasting are included, with some local delicacies to accompany the wine. Here you'll be able to learn how a simple white wine can become an excellent, sparkling Prosecco. This family-run business has adopted a system to exploit the natural preservatives contained in the skins of the grapes, adding virtually no sulphates that often cause headaches; the result is one of the most remarkable Proseccos on the market. The Molinetto della Croda, an ancient grist mill in the Lierza valley, has inspired artists and charmed thousands of visitors in its nearly four centuries of history. After a short stop at the mill, you'll take the "Strada del Prosecco," characterized by some truly astounding scenery. There will be ample opportunities to take photos; for example, in the picturesque little village of Rolle. Lunch will be at a local trattoria, a lovely place serving typical Veneto cuisine with a panoramic view of the vineyards. After lunch you'll head to the Bortolotti Winery in Valdobbiadene where you'll visit the cellars and enjoy a guided wine tasting.
From $899.00 Per Group
Wines of the Doges - Wine Tasting in Venice
Wines of the Doges - Wine Tasting in VeniceWine has always been more popular than water in La Serenissima. The Veneto produces more wine than any other region in Italy and the city's wine bars, or bacari, serve an average of 50,000 glasses of wine each day! This two-hour guided tasting takes place in a typical Venetian bacaro in the afternoon hours, and focuses on the wines produced in the Tri-Veneto area (Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige and Friuli Venezia-Giulia). Our expert sommelier will introduce you to local wines. Three different wines in all, selected according to quality, theme and the season. Then there are Venetian cicchetti -- freshly prepared fish, cheese or meat appetizers - to teach you everything you need to know about the pairing of food and wine.
From $77.00 Per Person
Allegrini Winery Visit at Villa della Torre from V...
Allegrini Winery Visit at Villa della Torre from VeniceDiscover the beauty and the flavors of the Veneto's Valpolicella wine country with this exclusive private visit to the Villa della Torre, the principal estate of the Allegrini family and headquarters of their wine making operation. Completed around 1560, the Villa della Torre is an authentic masterpiece of Renaissance architecture that owes its construction to the learned intellectual and humanist, Giulio della Torre. Contributors to the architectural project included Giulio Romano, Michele Sanmicheli, Bartolomeo Ridolfi, and Giulio Della Torre himself. The villa was purchased by the Allegrini four years ago. It is surrounded by the Podere della Torre vineyards, whose namesake wine is famous for its intensity and complexity and has been named six times in the Top 100 Wines of Spectator. Departing from Piazzale Roma in Venice, you will first stop for an introduction to the historic cantina with an explanation of the centuries-old production practices of the Veneto area. The tour will then continue to the Villa della Torre where you will be privately guided through the interior of the villa and visit the mysterious temple of Jupiter Ammon, positioned at the highest point of the entire villa complex overlooking the vineyards. Your visit will conclude in the splendid tasting room where you will be served a light lunch, accompanied by three of the family's best wines, including their illustrious Amarone.
From $897.00 Per Group
Danieli Wine Suite: A Taste of Venetian Opulence
Danieli Wine Suite: A Taste of Venetian OpulenceIndulge in this private tasting in the newly opened Wine Suite at Venice's iconic Hotel Danieli, originally the magnificent home of the royal family and now one of the most distinguished destinations in the city. As the only location in Venice with a restaurant and Wine Suite as high as the fifth floor, the Wine Suite offers a stunning view of the richest historical area of La Serenissima and its adjacent lagoon. Your sommelier will guide you through a tasting of four to six glasses, highlighting the best of the sparkling, white, red, and sweet wines that Italy has to offer and pairing it with local salumi and cheeses. This one hour long experience marries fine Italian wines, Venetian opulence, and breathtaking views to create a memorable experience, adding a perfect touch to your visit.
From $79.00 Per Person
Winery Visit and Lunch at Castello di Roncade
Winery Visit and Lunch at Castello di RoncadeJust a few short miles from Venice lies Castello di Roncade, a stunning 15th century castle originally constructed as a working vineyard and country villa for the Giustinian family, whose members include two Venetian doges, senators, and even saints. The villa, built by the same architect that designed the Clock Tower in Venice, offers a fascinating display of Renaissance architecture, from its interior rooms to its garden and the moat surrounding the exterior wall. Your experience of the villa and its vineyards will begin with a private transfer from Piazzale Roma in Venice to Castello di Roncade. Upon arrival, you will begin your visit with a tour of the villa and private chapel. This is followed by a stroll through the vineyards where the Bassetti family planted imported French varietal vines from Gironde in the 20th century, in addition to the vines of native varietals such as Raboso Piave and Glera. After a visit to the wine making cellar and aging cellars, you will witness the estate's wines being made, such as their flagship Bordeaux blend Villa Giustinian, Raboso dell'Arnasa, Merlot, Cabernet, and Prosecco. This will be followed by a full four-course lunch paired with Castello di Roncade wines: A typical Italian antipasto spread, followed by a pasta course, a meat course, and a dessert.
From $245.00 Per Group