Tasty Traditions: A Venice Audio Guide

Tantalize your tastebuds on an expedition through Venice's rich culinary history
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1 hour 15 minutes
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Preview Tasty Traditions: A Venice Audio Guide
Start: Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo
Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo
Osteria al Ponte
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Audio Guide Description
  • Put your map away as a local guides you through the winding streets of Venice, savoring local delicacies and regional wines along the way. Press pause. Stop for a bite. Enjoy on your own schedule. 
  • Hit play together and stroll the city or wander solo, but always with an expert in your ear as your personal guide

Embark on a tantalizing expedition through Venice's rich culinary history, where each bite or sip is a portal to the city's past. On this audio guide tour with Context Travel expert and professional sommelier, Cecilia Sitran, you'll get the inside scoop on Venetian food culture, see magnificent architecture, and even sample some tasty wines and a few historical dishes. This is your exclusive pass to the secrets of Venetian gastronomy.

Starting in Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo (or the Pantheon of Venice), you'll have an opportunity to begin your culinary journey with a coffee at Rosa Salva, where you'll find out how the bean was first brought to Venice over 400 years ago. As you make your way across several prominent squares, including Campo Santa Margherita and Campo San Pantalon, and across Rialto Bridge, you'll hear how Venice was once known as the market for the world, thanks to naval trading between the Middle East and Europe. You'll learn about seafood, which is at the heart of Venetian cuisine, some of the most popular local dishes, and what snacks and drinks are traditionally served as aperitivos. At Osteria Ai Pugni, where our audio guide tour ends, you‘ll also have an opportunity to enjoy cicchetti, or traditional snacks served in a bacaro (tiny wine bar). But this audio tour isn't all about food. Along with gaining a deeper insight into red and white wines (and what to pair them with), you'll also have an opportunity to choose from four variations of Spritz, a wine-based cocktail first developed in Venice.

On this 90-minute long audio guide tour, some of the places you'll visit include:

• El Sbarlefo, a small wine bar where you‘ll hear about the history of prosecco 
• Gelato di Natura, a gelato shop where you'll discover the difference between gelato and ice cream
• Rosticceria Gislon, the best place to taste a mozzarella in carrozza (a fried sandwich stuffed with mozzarella and ham or anchovies) 
• WEnice, where you can sample some fritto misto, fried seafood of the day
• Pasticceria Targa, a family-owned artisanal pastry shop where they make amazing sweets using sourdough yeast
• Il Mercante, a historical Venetian cafe from the 1870s that serves delicious, refreshing cocktails
• Bacarotto, a tiny wine bar favored by locals that serves delicious aperitivos 
• Pasticceria Tonolo, one of the most historic bakeries in Venice

Along the way, you'll have a chance to:

• Dive into a sea of flavors with abundant seafood dishes on every menu, reflecting the city's maritime heritage
• Discover the secret behind a good risotto, a Venetian specialty born from Middle Eastern rice
• Explore the nuances of Prosecco, crafted from the exclusive glera grape from the Veneto region
• Immerse yourself in local life by learning about the Venetian dialect, boat deliveries, and fishing regulations
• Unravel the captivating history of Carnevale and Venetian traditions, exploring the rise and fall of this iconic celebration in the heart of Venice
• Trace the origins of polenta and its diverse pairings, unlocking the secrets of this staple dish
• Hear the legend behind Ponte dei Pugni and  how it got its name, Bridge of Punches 

By the end of this Venice audio guide tour, you‘ll have a better understanding of the city‘s rich culinary history, and local food and traditions.

Please Note: The ideal time of day for the tour is from 8 AM till 8 PM except on Mondays as several of the eateries are closed.
Meet Your Expert

Cecilia is a qualified FISAR Sommelier and a licensed tour leader. She is a native of Venice whose great-grandparents owned one of the most prestigious bars in St Mark’s Square. She is a food enthusiast and passionate about wine. Cecilia studied organic wine in France, receiving a Master's degree in 2012, and worked in the most famous enoteca of Venice for almost three years. She shares her knowledge about food, wine and Venetian culture to help visitors enjoy the city from a different perspective, through a connection of flavors, aromas and stories. Fluent in the Venetian dialect, Cecilia will introduce you to the local farmer at the Rialto Market and show you how to choose fresh fish from her favorite fishmonger. She is proud to be part of the Context team, promoting responsible tourism in one the most beautiful -and definitely the most delicate- cities in the world.

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My husband and I had such a great time following this audio guide around Venice, eating good food and drinking little ombres of wine every few stops! We both have master's degrees in food studies; my husband is a chef, and I have worked as a food tourist professional for many years. So, we were a little hesitant if this format for a food tour was going to meet our standards, but it was like having a friend in your ear showing you around to their favourite spots. Overall, it was a fun and relaxing way to introduce ourselves to Venice.
A lot of good food, wine and also the way to eat like locals. The histories of some food are very interesting. Good to know that gelato is less « fat » than ice-cream.