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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Immerse yourself in the Italian caffè culture during this small-group culinary tour. Stroll through the neighborhoods of Castello and Cannaregio, listening to your guide's thoughtful commentary on Venice's gastronomic traditions. Taste some of the bold coffee that Italians like to linger over and a few of the city's best 'pasticcerie', or desserts. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people or fewer to ensure an intimate atmosphere and personalized attention from your guide. All tastings are included.
  • Taste traditional Venetian and Italian desserts such as tiramisu, panettone, and torrone
  • Learn to drink coffee like a local at a torrefazione
  • Learn about Venetian culinary history from your guide
  • Small group ensures personalized attention
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Local English-speaking guide
Coffee
3 dessert samples
Alcoholic spritz or soft drink
Additional food and drinks
Tips/gratuities for your guide

Departure Point

Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia, 30121 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Rialto Bridge, Ponte di Rialto, 30100 Venezia VE, Italy
Meet up with your guide and small group on the steps of the Santa Lucia train station entrance in central Venice. 

Embark on your coffee and dessert culinary tour of the city, starting in the heart of the old Jewish ghetto. Learn about the important role this 500-year-old neighborhood has played in Venice's history as you bite into a traditional Kosher pastry. Then, it's time to start learning how to do Italian coffee the right way; your next stop is a family-owned coffee roastery and café. Learn how the locals take their coffee in this historic torrefazione (coffee shop). 

Sufficiently caffeinated, take an energetic stroll through Cannaregio, stopping at a family bakery famous for torrone and other traditional Venetian desserts. Take a pause here to listen to your guide's commentary on Venetian culinary history while you taste some of the bakery's products. 

Continue towards Castello, Venice's largest island and home to the Naval Dockyard. Stop at another family bakery famous for seasonal desserts: panettone at Christmas, colomba at Easter and other samples depending on the time of year. Next stop is another bakery for the world-renowned tiramisu; learn about the background of this popular dessert as you dig in. 

Last stop, just near your ending point at the Rialto Bridge, is a gourmet chocolate atelier, where you'll learn how the chocolates are made and get one last tasting as a parting gift.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia
Italians love their coffee but there are certain rules one must follow if you’re going to do Italian café culture the right way. This tour introduces you to those rules and customs and invites you to become a genuine caffè expert. If that wasn’t enough, we will also introduce you to the traditional pasticcerie of Venice and the history behind the city’s sweet treats as you wander through the most local neighbourhoods in town! You’ll meet your local guide at the steps of the Santa Lucia train station (the only train station in Venice) and begin your adventure exploring the Cannaregio neighbourhood.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cannaregio
We will start our stroll through the neighbourhood of Cannaregio, passing by the main corners of this residential area. Your guide will stop for those who fancy doing some shopping, at a family bakery that’s famous for its torrone and other traditional desserts of Venice. Get a lesson on the history and traditions of local Venetian cuisine as we munch on our delicious sweet treats. We will stop at a family owned pasticceria, a favourite breakfast venue of locals on their way to work. It’s conveniently located at the entrance of the island, for those coming to work from the mainland, it become an institution for its well-known pastries. By visiting this stop, you will be supporting a family run business (which is fast becoming a thing of the past in Venice). You’ll also learn the secrets to sipping coffee the proper way so that you’ll blend right in with the locals for the rest of your Italian holiday.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Campo del Ghetto
We will head to the heart of the ancient Jewish Ghetto, a neighbourhood that is 500 years old and remains an important part of the Venetian community. It’s here that you will have the chance to buy kosher desserts in a small bakery.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Chiesa della Madonna dell'Orto
We'll make a quick stop in front of the Maddona Dell’Orto Church and learn about its history.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Campo dei Mori
We'll stop at the square and hear stories about the statues with enigmatic expressions on their faces.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Castello
We’ll then continue our way toward the Castello neighbourhood, the largest sestiere on the island and home to the Arsenale (naval dockyard). We’ll explore its narrow lanes before stopping at our next pasticceria, an elegant family-run spot that has become the most beloved and famous place to buy seasonal desserts; panettone at Christmas, Colomba at Easter… Depending on the time of year, you’ll get a mix of different desserts to try, appropriate to the season. You’ll also have the chance to relax your legs here while sipping the famous Venetian spritz overlooking the beautiful Church of San Giovanni e Paolo.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
libreria Acqua alta
After your energy boosting spritz, we’ll visit one of the most amazing bookstores in Europe, Libreria Acqua Alta, a hidden gem in the heart of Castello. We will have plenty of time to admire, explore and of course, take tons of photos. (Mind the cats!)
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Dress standard: Please wear comfortable shoes for walking, and bring a hat and sunscreen during the summer months.
  • You will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
  • Children are permitted on this tour but unfortunately, we cannot accommodate prams/baby carriages.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • All the stores and foodie spots we visit are 100% owned and run by locals, ensuring that local people benefit from tourism to their city. So any inclusions on the tour and additional purchases you make will directly benefit the local community.
  • You will pick up some responsible travel tips that will help you to be a greener traveller while you’re in the city
  • We will take you off the main tourist trail, introducing you to some of Venice's many hidden gem neighbourhoods, easing congestion in the bust tourist centre of the city.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures Italy

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Lonely Planet Experiences:Small Group or Private Tour Of Venice's Best Bakery's ?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences:Small Group or Private Tour Of Venice's Best Bakery's .
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What is the social distancing policy during Lonely Planet Experiences:Small Group or Private Tour Of Venice's Best Bakery's ?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences:Small Group or Private Tour Of Venice's Best Bakery's .
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lonely Planet Experiences:Small Group or Private Tour Of Venice's Best Bakery's ?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Lonely Planet Experiences:Small Group or Private Tour Of Venice's Best Bakery's .
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What is the maximum group size during Lonely Planet Experiences:Small Group or Private Tour Of Venice's Best Bakery's ?
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This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Amazing way to experience Venice
Jessica L
, Oct 2018
My mom and I only had one day in Venice and could not have enjoyed this tour more. Elizabeth was right on time to meet us and two other people and she was very knowledgeable of Venetian history and local facts. She took us to various places to eat which were all amazing! Not only that, she was able to steer us away from the crowds which made for a very relaxing and absolutely gorgeous walk through Venice. We were able to appreciate quaint bridges and walkways that were so charming and peaceful. We loved the food and the company and didn't expect to learn as much about Venice as we did!
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So much fun
amyliar0se
, Aug 2018
Simone was a fantastic guide!!! It turned out to be a private tour. Simone let us do some quick shopping on the tour, showed us great spots for pictures, explained a lot of the history and told stories of the statues we passed. The food stops were all interesting and tasty.
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Very well done, although there were...
Kari C
, Jun 2018
Very well done, although there were only three stops in a long , hot walk. We had thought there would be several more.....
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Bernice and her colleague Abbigail...
prielreynolds
, May 2018
Bernice and her colleague Abbigail made this such a memorable tour. They had a vast and interesting knowledge of Venice. We travelled through the back streets and the family run bakeries and chocolatier we visited were top notch. Our guides were very friendly and we would definitely recommend this tour! Great way to spend a morning in Venice.
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This tour was Great for our Family...
Carrie S
, Apr 2018
This tour was Great for our Family of 3, 8 year old son! It was really nice to have someone who knows where they are going in Venice show you around and give you hints to get the most our of it when you are there. Beatrice was amazing. She told us about history and info of Venice and the food. The only thing that is not true about this is that you do not get dessert samples, you get the whole dessert. Do not eat before you go, you will be full. I loved that they went to places that were locally owned, this was important to us and we were glad that we supported local Italians. The food was amazing and a lot to eat. A nice walk, especially see some of the local areas not just tourist. My son says 500 stars as he liked eating everything and all the chocolate. Please be aware that hot chocolate in Italy is more like melted chocolate and is very rich.
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Excellent tour, great guide and...
Shelli S
, Mar 2018
Excellent tour, great guide and wonderful experience,
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Iole was an amazing guide, she was...
Caitlyn M
, Mar 2018
Iole was an amazing guide, she was so knowledgeable and friendly. Amazing tour, wish we had done it earlier in our visit.
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Absolutely great tour. Got to know...
Graham M
, Jan 2018
Absolutely great tour. Got to know where the locals go for their cakes and drinks, while our amazing guide took us through places we hadn't discovered yet. Without this tour there were definitely a few things we would have missed on our visit. Can't recommend it highly enough
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Interesting, but too many stops...
Anne E
, Nov 2017
Interesting, but too many stops close together with cake or similar at each stop. Too much cake, not enough tour.
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Amazing tour! The guide was...
alicerobinson18
, Nov 2017
Amazing tour! The guide was brilliant, told us lots of interesting facts about Venice. All of the sweet treats we gorgeous, we got lots too! Great value for money, would highly recommend.
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