Veneto is a beautifully diverse region extending from the peaks of the Dolomites to the sandy Venetian shores. From the flatland lagoons to the hills and highlands, Veneto has it all. One of the best ways to “savor” what this region has to offer is through food and wine tourism. The possibilities are endless: every kilometer brings different landscapes and tons of culture, food and history. With the variety of products and foods cultivated and produced in Veneto, comes the great opportunity to taste a wide selection of unique and rare dishes, valley after valley, province after province. Venice food and wine tour begins here: ready to go?
Veneto food and wine tour: The Old Lady…
Let’s begin the Venice food and wine tour from its capital. Can you imagine the Venice Carnival, the beautiful Venetian masks and the grand century-old palaces, all in a single menu? Is this possible? One of the most popular Venice food and wine tours consists in a gourmet dinner at Palazzo Marin, one of the most prestigious residences of the city. The dinner is accompanied by live music played by world-famous artists, and you will be served some of the best Venetian dishes using only seasonal local ingredients. For another unique experience, choose to venture into the Venetian ghetto, where you will be welcomed by a large Jewish community. Visit the synagogues and sample some of the best kosher specialties.
…Or the City of Street Food?
The Venice food and wine tour continues outdoor, where you will discover other aspects of the city: Venice’s small bars, known as bacari, are the ancestors of modern street food. Start the “happy hour” in one bacaro – a typical Venetian pastime – and try its “cicchetti” or “spuncetti”. Then walk to the next along beautiful Venetian streets, and repeat. At the famous Rialto market, you will find more places to try as well as scenic views of the Grand Canal. Pick your favorite food, and go for a picnic on one of the many surrounding islands.
Italy food tours: Alpago and Conegliano
If you are in Conegliano, do not miss the opportunity to stop by the local pasta shops where you can buy delicious crepes, lasagnas, pastas, sandwiches, piadina bread, arancini, meatballs, canederli, and even vegetarian and vegan options. You can even fill your picnic baskets with fresh products to eat all along your journey. If you drive towards the Belluno region, stop for a pleasant picnic along the beautiful shores of Santa Croce Lake. It is definitely the right place for a relaxing break as well as a stroll after lunch.
Venice Food and Wine Tour: “Tasting” Treviso
If you are a salami fan, you must pay a visit to the many small artisan shops of Follina, near Treviso. Beautiful arrays of handmade salamis and other cured meats will welcome you, and obviously you should also have a glass of Prosecco DOC. If you prefer dairy products, go to Latteria Perenzin. It proposes the best variety of local cheeses. Finally, as you reach Conegliano, a wide variety of meats or even vegetarian and vegan menus will await you as well as a wide selection of Prosecco DOCG: all the ingredients are natural and of the highest quality, coming from the rolling hills of Treviso.
Venice food and wine tour: let’s not forget the Wine and Grappa Tour!
One cannot truly know Veneto if one has not tasted its amazing wines and grappas. Regional wineries and distilleries welcome visitors and are not to be missed during your Food and Wine Tour. Not only will you be allowed to taste their products in a beautiful setting of rolling hills and vineyards, but you will also learn about the extensive history and tradition behind their techniques and methods. Among the various opportunities you can visit an organic wine cellar, and try their wines with some local cold cuts. The Belluno region boasts many distilleries where you will be invited to taste some local fruit- and herb-based liquors free of charge. To complete this great tour, visit the famous Poli Distillery plant and museum, where you will have the possibility to sip a choice of five of the most appreciated Poli grappas. The tour ends with a small glass of Airone Rosso aperitif and a souvenir, so… Cheers!