Highlights / General details
Wine bars are popular in many parts of Italy but in Venice has a unique tradition, and snacking is almost a way of life. During this gourmet discovery tour you will wander from place to place stopping to sip wine and eat “cicheti” – Venetian snacks at the local “Bacari”. These wine-bars which offer finger food traditionally washed down with a glass of wine derive their name from Bacchus, the god of wines. You will stop for an “ombra” (shadow), a small special glass of wine. Someone says it is called an “ombra” because it is a mere shadow of a drink; according to a legend the term “ombra” sees its origin around the turn of the century by a man used to sell drinks from a stall in the shade of San Marco. Either way, the “bacari” are firmly entrenched in the popular culture.
Some examples of the Venetian ‘cicheti’ in the typical spoken language:
Polenta e Bacalà - Yellow polenta made of corn meal to enjoy with cod cooked according to the typical Venetian tradition. An unforgettable experience for any palate.
Bovoleti e folpeti - Small snails and baby octopus marinated with salt and parsley, just to be enjoyed while sipping a glass of wine.
Moleche Crabs - Caught as they shed their shells, fried and eaten whole in a single mouthful, claws, legs and all.
Fegato venexiana - The most famous Venetian dish made of delicious fried liver cooked with finely chopped onions.
Polpetine - Cold delicious meatballs, which are, according to tradition, the ideal introduction for an appetizing dinner.
Vovi - Hard-boiled eggs split into two and simply dressed with salt and pepper.
Pan con l’aciugheta - Small slice of toasted and spiced bread with a little anchovy on it. A perfect reason to order another glass of wine.
Fritoin misto - A mix of different delicious fried fishes (calamari, shrimps, octopus) to the right compensation after a day spent walking around.
Sarde in saor - Fried sardines marinated in vinegar and onion, with pine kernels, bay and raisins swollen in white wine according to the traditional recipe.
Hotel pick-up/drop-off (ONLY if located in the historical center); 2-hour walking tour available in English and Spanish; Private tour guide; Tasting in typical Venetian "Bacari".
Hours of operation
Available daily departing at 11:30am and 6:30pm.
Approximately 2.5 hours.
Meeting Point: HOTEL ONLY IF LOCATED IN THE HISTORICAL CENTER. If not, OLTREX OFFICE, located a few steps from St. Mark's Square, in Castello #4192, Riva degli Schiavoni (ground floor of Hotel Danieli – white building).
Small Private Group Tour with a minimum of 2 participants.
Comfortable shoes suggested.
Children 0-7 years of age participate free.
Cancellation: 3 days prior 100% penalty. No show always 100% penalty.
*2 PASSENGERS MINIMUM REQUIRED TO CONFIRM RESERVATION*
Clients must reach the meeting point 10 minutes before the departure time.
Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.
**All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**