Our food experience are packages that include everything from a top class apartment accommodation, a cooking class based on the local cuisine and a gourmet food tour such as the cichetti food crawl in the hearth of Venice.
Why choose the Venice food experience.
Venice just has to be one of the most unique and romantic cities to visit in the world, and it is also one of the most popular tourist destinations. People come to Venice for many different things; for some it is the atmosphere, for others, the amazing art and architecture, and others just want the opportunity to glide beneath the Bridge of Sighs on a gondola and see this beautiful city before it sinks any lower into the sea! For those in the know, however, the main attraction is the food! Venetian food is certainly Italian, but it has developed its’ own nuances that set it apart from the food you find in other parts of Italy. More about the food a little later…
Some of the most important places you have to include in your itinerary are the magnificent St. Mark’s Cathedral, the Doge’s Palace and the Torre dell’Orologio (bell tower) on the Piazza Dan Marco. Art lovers must visit the Gallerie dell’Accademia to see Venice’s best collection of art, while for an excellent elevated view of the city and beyond you must climb the ancient Campanile, the tallest building in Venice. If you have more time, take a boat trip to Murano to see how the famous glass products are made and jump aboard a vaporetto (basically this is a water bus) and do the Grand Canal Tour from the railway station to San Marco, which will give you a good overview of the city at a very reasonable price.
Cicchetti Tour of Venice
A highlight of any visit to Venice, whether or not you are a dedicated “Foodie”, would be a Cicchetti Tour of the city. What tapas are to the Spanish, cicchetti are to the Venetians – small mouthfuls of intensely favoured foods, generally eaten as snacks with an accompanying glass of wine or Prosecco (sparkling wine). Your Cicchetti could be spicy little meatballs, fried olives, garlicy squid or prawns, or other enticing nibbles. Cicchetti are generally served at wine bars (Bacari), and visitors really need a guide to show them the way, as these little Bacari are not in the touristy parts of the city. There are a couple of companies that offer Cicchetti tours, and you generally meet your guide at a central meeting place and then visit 4-5 Bacari, at each of which you have a glass of wine (or something else of your choice) and 1 or 2 Cicchetti. While you sip and nibble, your guide will give you a host of information about life, history and culture in Venice. It is a great way to feel a little like a local! You might also include a gondola ride. It would be wise to do your Cicchetti tour early in your Venice stay, so that you have the chance to re-visit some of your favourite Bacari.
Venice Cookery Lessons
Another Venice highlight would be to learn how to make cicchetti and other Venetian specialities yourself, so that you can impress everyone back home with your new-found skills! There are many individuals and cookery schools who offer cooking lessons in Venice, and some will actually come to your own apartment for a private, hands-on lesson. We can arrange everything from a one-day class to an entire cooking holiday, depending on your interest and the time you have available.
Where to Stay in Venice
Finally, to fully enjoy the incredible food in Venice, you should consider renting an apartment in the city, as opposed to a hotel. Firstly, an apartment is just more spacious and private, and secondly, you will have the opportunity to visit the wonderful fresh-produce markets to buy ingredients you will never see at home. Venice has a food store on just about every corner, and you will never need to hunt for a supermarket! Beautiful Prosciutto on a fresh biovetta (Venetian bread roll) is a great breakfast! And if you do a little self-catering, you will have more money to spend on Cicchetti! Buon Appetito!
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The tour of the Parmesan Reggiano cheese dairy, Balsamic Vinegar farm, the Parma ham and lunch at the organic vineyard was thoroughly enjoyed by our family of 4. Paolo was a gracious and knowledgeable host for the day and provided us with insights to the production of the cheese and balsamic vinegar which was enhanced due to his chemistry background. We would thoroughly recommend this tour to those interested in the specialities produced in the Modena region.
We had a wonderful tour, best part about visiting the Modena region!
The tour was perfect. I think Paolo would be a splendid ambassador for Italy in the EU. He knows how excellent Italian food and eating together can solve many major problems, and can stop aggressive behavior. Not the hunt for more money, but the well being of family and friends counts. Paolo shows us the products of ages of civilization and he did this like an artist. So after the tour we really love Italia more and we'll come back. We will call you Paolo, Thanks!
Following two tours with your guides this week I would like to express my thanks for some wonderful experiences.
Monday we did the tour of cheese making, balsamic and Salami which was very good and the guide Paolo was very knowledgeable.
The truffle hunt tour today was absolutely amazing, the guide Stefano is pure gold and the tour was built with much thought. Our best experience so far, by far.
Looking forward to more tours and fun next time we are in Italy.
The group (and me) was VERY satisfied. We really enjoyed the Parmegiano Regiano which was interesting and we got to buy some delicate and cheap cheese, the same with the balsamico. The Ferrari driving was off course an experience for life. The Winery lunch felt very genuine and the people there was really welcoming and nice people. The genuine feeling there was however the big plus for us.
Paolo was excellent as our guide. He also felt very genuine. He did not talk just for the sake of talking, but when he had something to say he did it in a respectful and nice way. Everyone in the group really liked him.
I wanted to let you know what a great day we had this past Friday on our tour with Jacamo. (Probably not spelling it right) He was very nice and explained everything to us. It sure gives you a new appreciation when you are slicing cheese. 🙂 Our tour ended with him taking us to the vineyard for a tour and lunch and there, Paolo, the owner could not have been more nicer. It was a perfect ending.
Please let Jacamo know what a great job he did and how much we really appreciated it and his knowledge
The website is well structured and we received a prompt answer to all questions. Gabriele supported us with all information we needed and the organization before the trip was excellent.
We had an air conditioned van, which was very relaxing through the whole tour. The first stop was the parmigiano production, which was very impressive and interesting. We could learn and especially see all the different steps and even taste the various aged parmigiano. The second step was the balsamic vinegar tasting. Finally the meat part was interesting in the museum but we hoped that we also could see more about the production and their work, but the tasting was delicious. In overall we had a very informative and well accommodated half day with our guide
It was great experience! We visited Parmesan cheese production, Balsamic vinegar farm, Ham museum and Farmer's lunch. Our guide gave us a detailed explanation, we were very satisfied. An excellent tour for a reasonable price, highly recommended.
Nous sommes une famille de cinq et nous avons adoré notre expérience. Les trois endroits étaient choisis judicieusement. Notre guide était très généreuse et super gentille. Nous recommandons ce tour ( parmesan, vinaigre balsamique et jambon de parme).
My family felt our first trip to Italy must include a tour of a Parmesan Cheese Factory so when I stumbled on this website several months ago I had no idea what I treasure I found! From the moment I submitted a request for the tour, my experience with Emilia Delizia was first rate. Gabriele provided excellent customer service by patiently answering all my questions to guide me through the selection and reservation of our Foodie Delight Tour. Paolo, our driver, was prompt, cordial and knowledgeable about the processes we were observing and the area in general conveying loads of information with his well-developed English speaking skills. Our stop in Modena fell on a Saturday so we were quite fortunate to end up with a private tour which allowed us to have a nice, personal interaction with the people at each site. Everyone was friendly, generous with the tastings and we never felt rushed to move along to the next location. Now that we have returned to the states, my family agrees this tour was a highlight of our 10 day trip. I was really looking forward to this excursion and am glad to report it exceeded my expectations.