Sweet Venice: traditional cafĂ¨s and pastry shops walk
Durations: 3 Hour(s)
Group Size: 1+
This tour is meant for sweet tooth connoisseurs, eager to taste the traditions and the cultural richness of the city through its historical bakeries, cafés and pastry shops.
This walking tour, which surely features high levels of blood sugar, will make you discover all the six "Sestieri" (neighbourhoods) of Venice: Castello, San Marco, Dorsoduro, San Polo, Santa Croce and Cannaregio, including a panoramic view of the Giudecca island.
Espresso coffees, delicious pastries, ice creams and tiramisu will power you across the dozens of bridges you will have to climb.
You will be able to stop in local bakeries which provided Venetians with fresh reasons to roll out of bed over centuries; in historical cafĂ©s surrounded by baroque mirrors; in shops serving the top quality of creams and pastries where gondoliers and venetian housewives flock to devour the buttery, just-baked sweetness of Venetian specialties.
You will be mesmerized by traditional cream puffs and biscuits surrounded by the pleasant smell of Italian espresso.
Day 1 : Traditional pastry shop in Castello
We will store some energy to face our discovery walk tour around Venice in a traditional pastry shop serving sweet treats to Venetians since 1879. Dramatically beautiful neighbourhood close to San Giovanni & Paolo church.Local bakery in San Marco
We will continue our walk in the Venetian tradition with a â€śzaetoâ€ť, a typical cornmeal and sultanas biscuit, in a local bakery in the San Marco district.Historical CafĂ¨ in St. Mark's square
We will indulge by stopping at the bar counter of one of the historical cafĂ©s in Saint Markâ€™s square, perhaps the one preferred by opera composer Richard Wagner. Surrounded by Baroque mirrors and politically incorrect antique Moorâ€™s chandeliers, we will sip our espresso. We might even ask for a â€ścorrettoâ€ť (espresso coffee with grappa liqueur).Ice Cream & Glamour
We will cross the Canal Grande using a Gondola ferry, and we will reach the Zattere in the arty Dorsoduro district. There, we will enjoy a delicious scoop of ice cream in a â€śgelateriaâ€ť which was a favourite of Peggy Guggenheimâ€™s, and more recently Angelina Jolieâ€™s.Family-owned bakery in Dorsoduro
Feel like true venetian eating the typical biscuit from the island of Burano. We will taste the original recipe in a local family-owned bakery active since 1956.Pastry shop in Santa Croce
Moving towards the Santa Croce district we will stop at a bakery where every Venetian has been at least once in a lifetime. In this famous shop the offer is so wide it can mesmerize you! Probably a good choice would be a cup of tiramisu, the most famous Italian dessert.A pastry shop active since 1742 in San Polo
Zabaione is the most typical pastry filling in Venice, lightly alcoholic due to the Marsala liqueur and extremely tasty. We will try it in a pastry shop which has been a corner bakery since 1742, and whose reputation for â€śkrapfenâ€ť (cream puffs), strudels and Venetian donuts has survived many â€śacqua altaâ€ť (high tides).Kosher bakery at Jewish Ghetto in Cannaregio
Entering the Cannaregio district and the oldest Jewish ghetto in the world, we cannot miss to taste some pastry in a traditional kosher bakery. Bite after bite we will discover and understand more the multi-cultural richness of the cities and its historical communities.
- The walking tour will include one espresso coffee and a tasting of a traditional sweet/bakery product at the first stop
- Gondola ferry on Canal GrandeÂ
- Tour leader & nature and interpretive guide
- The guide will suggest you a traditional bakery product/sweet in each stop. It will be up to you to choose what you prefer!Â
- Tip or gratuity
- Not wheelchair accessibleÂ
- Accessible with strollers