Venice Culinary Tour Package: come to Venice and live the best culinary experience which this city can offer.
Stay in a cosy newly restored apartment in Venice, only a few minutes away from Saint Marks’ square.
The apartment is located in one of the most typical and residential areas of Venice, the sestiere of Castello.
Live like a local, enjoy Venice’s best food and wine on a Culinary Walking tour and then learn to cook like a true Venetian, sampling some of the best fresh produce available in the city in our hands on cooking class.
In this special Venice culinary experience package (including accommodation , Food and Wine Walking tour, one day Venetian Hands On cooking class), as well as staying in a local Venice residential flat, you will get to discover the secrets of Venetian cuisine in your own apartment in a private 4-hour cooking class and get to taste some of the best Cicchetti and wine during a 3 hour walking tour.
1st day: arrival day. Settling in the apartment in Castello, free time to wander around and get accustomed to the area.
2nd day: during the morning and early afternoon, wander around the main sites, discover the little alleys. At 5 pm you will meet Monica for a Cicchetti Tour. During our Food & Wine Walking tour you will discover the history of Cicchetti, Venice’s version of tapas, the history of wine in Veneto as well as get to sample some of the best cuisine of the city. We will stop in 3 local bacari in the area of Cannaregio, another very residential area of Venice.
3rd day: At 9am Arianna and Monica will meet you in a central location in the historic city centre and then you will experience together the beautiful, vibrant and eye-catching Rialto food market. Arianna and Monica will show you the regional specialities and products including fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, meats and cheeses that will get your mouth watering! Together you will purchase the seasonal ingredients for the cooking class and then you will walk back to your rental apartment in Castello.
You will cook and prepare a whole 4 course meal which at the end of the class, you will enjoy together with some local Veneto wines.
Arianna and Monica will explain which wines are most suitable for each dish. Discover how to shop at a local market, exploring the available ingredients, from locally sourced vegetables to meat and fish for specific recipes.
4th day: departure, by 10 am in the morning.
The location: Castello District
The Castello district is located in the eastern part of Venice and has the city’s largest population of permanent residents. It was one of the first islands to be inhabited, and still retains many characteristic features of the original ways of the daily “living together” of the fishing community.
The name of the district derives from the castle that, already during the ‘800, the Doge Pietro Tribune built to fortify the city. San Pietro di Castello was certainly one of the initial core of the city.
The urbanization developed around the Arsenal thanks to the construction of houses which were occupied by those working in the surrounding area: they worked in the small and large workshops, in the granaries, in the bakeries and the big gathering department stores.
The convents of the Dominicans of San Giovanni e Paolo and the Franciscans of San Francesco della Vigna settled in the northernmost part of the sestiere. The Public Gardens and Via Garibaldi in the east were built during the Napoleonic era. The Church of San Pietro di Castello was once the cathedral of Venice until the title passed to the Basilica of San Marco in 1797. Over the centuries the church has undergone many changes.
And while you’re in Castello do not miss the chance to visit the Arsenal, a place so important for the city’s history that an old proverb used to say “Chi vede Venezia e no vede l’Arsenal vede el manego ma no vede el bocal” (those who visit Venice but do not visiti the Arsenal, see the handle but not the cup).
It is a vast territory to the north-east of the city surrounded by high crenellated walls. It was the site from which came the warships and merchant ships that brought wealth and grandeur to the Serenissima.
The walls surrounding the area of the Arsenal were so high that they could not be overridden, but low enough to blend in among the houses not to be visible from a distance; also the square towers were lower of the various towers of the town. This was dictated by reasons of military security and to preserve the secrets with which the Serenissima made solid and unbeatable vessels.
Calle della “Pegola”, Calle “Colonne” e “Corte Nova” are just some of the areas in which to find nice old ladies intent on chat sessions at the door of their home. Castello is a popular area and paradoxically it is considered suburbs. In reality it is difficult in a city like Venice to distinguish peremptorily center and surrounding areas.
Castello boasts also the record regarding public parks in Venice: here you can find the large gardens where every two years takes place the Art Exhibition of the Biennale and the pine forest of Sant’Elena, a real oasis during the summer months.
Here, only a twenty minute walk from the historic center of the city, you will discover and live in the true Venetian lifestyle. You can shop for fruits and vegetables from a barge along a canal, eat in traditional Venetian trattorias and discover unique and authentic artisan shops. In the evening, join your neighbours in a stroll down Via Giuseppe Garibaldi and stop for a Spritz – Venice’ favourite aperitif – at one of the many small bars offering outdoor tables with fantastic views on the Canale di San Marco and the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore.
Located in an antique building in a romantic neighbourhood of Venice, the Apartment was completely renovated in 2015 and includes all modern comforts and conveniences.
It is a three bedroom apartment, with a dining/living room, a fully equipped kitchen with all new appliances and a completely refurbished modern bathroom. The amenities in this Venice apartment include Fast WiFi,flat-screen television with Smart TV and Skype connection.
The kitchen is brand new, all white with grey marble top and it includes all modern appliances: perfect if you want to cook anything, using our local Venetian ingredients! You will find not only a stove, an oven, a refrigerator and all useful utensils here, but also a fast new dishwasher! Your stay here will be comfortable and easy!
The bathroom has been completely renovated to ensure your comfort and convenience.
There are two large double bed rooms and a single bed room.
The perfect accommodation for a family holiday or for 4 friends who are all into cooking and learning!
THE CULINARY PACKAGE –
- 3 night accommodation in a 3 bedroom apartment with kitchen and bathroom in a residential area of Venice – self catering basis
- Walking Food tour on second day (all food and drinks included)
- Shopping at the Rialto market
- Hands on Cooking lesson on third day (food and drinks all included) with recipe booklet
What’s NOT Included
Transfer from and to the airport and from and to the apartment.
Any meals not specified, tips.
Dates are flexible, on request and customizable for private departures
(prices are per package, not per person)
2 people: Euro 1,100.00 per package
3 people: Euro 1,465.00 per package
4 people: Euro 1,660.00 per package
5 people: Euro 1,995.00 per package
Upon booking the full payment is required, non refundable if cancelled less than 14 days before arrival.
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