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Rialto Market tour, Cooking Class and Wine Tasting

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Venezia, Italy
Rialto Market tour, Cooking Class and Wine Tasting

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Discover the secrets of homestyle Italian cooking during this half-day culinary experience in Venice. Meet at Rialto Market to shop like a local for fresh, seasonal ingredients with the help of a professional chef. Then, learn how to prepare authentic regional dishes with a cooking lesson inside a historic Venetian palazzo. Get tips on food and wine pairing from a sommelier, and savor your homemade feast along with excellent Italian wines.
  • Half-day market trip and cooking lesson in Venice
  • Learn to cook authentic regional dishes with the help of a professional chef
  • Shop for fresh, seasonal ingredients at the famous Rialto Market
  • Prepare a delicious, 3-course meal in the kitchen of a Venetian palazzo
  • Taste fine Italian wines and get pairing tips from an expert sommelier
  • Enjoy the handmade feast along with plenty of wine
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Hands-on cooking class
3 courses Lunch and fine Italian wine
Local expert guide and market tour
Alcoholic Beverages
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Calle del Scaleter, 2161, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy

Meeting point at al Merca`: Campo Bella Vienna, 213, 30125 Venezia VE

Departure Time

10:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
While Venice is home to countless acclaimed restaurants, nothing beats a fresh, homecooked meal. Your exploration of Italian cooking begins at the historic Rialto market, where you browse stalls brimming with colorful local produce and pick up seasonal ingredients for the day’s meal.

With groceries in hand, accompany your professional chef guide to a well-equipped kitchen inside a palazzo. Get hands-on instruction in preparing an authentic Venetian menu including a starter, main dish, and dessert. Taste regional wines with the guidance of a sommelier, and learn how to pair food and wine like a pro to bring out the best flavors in each.

When the cooking’s done, sit down to enjoy your homemade lunch along with generous wine pairings for a truly memorable meal. It's a great way to gain a new appreciation for Italian cooking and learn tricks and recipes to impress your friends back home.
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Mercati di Rialto
Meet your guide, a chef, at the Rialto Market to start with a tour of this vibrant part of Venice. Shop with your chef/guide to select the ingredients and raw materials for your cooking class. Then head to a typical Venetian palazzo for your hands-on cooking class. During the class, you will prepare: - fist course (it can be a hand made pasta, risotto or lasagna) with tomatoes and fresh vegetables - second course (can be chicken or fish) or Eggplants Parmigiana Tiramisu` dessert. You will also enjoy a wine tasting session with a professional sommelier, who will help you to discover some delicious wine pairings. End your class with a lovely lunch and enjoy the fruits of your hard work, with plenty of wine of course.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise of any specific dietary requirement at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Curioseety SRLS
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Fun Cooking Class with Lorenzo
, Nov 2021
Fun time with Lorenzo, it felt like an authentic Italian cooking experience! Lorenzo was very knowledgeable and fun! Meeting point was clear, and communication was easy. We made our own puree sauce with fresh ingredients, noodles, tiramisu, and even tried venetian liver and onions which was way better than it sounds! Thanks for a great experience on our wonderful vacation!
Great time
, Oct 2021
Lorenzo was great. We learned how to make rabbit and home made pasta and tomato basil sauce. All from scratch.
DO NOT BOOK. Your money will go to a...
, Sep 2017
DO NOT BOOK. Your money will go to a translator that doesn't speak English, "chef" Santina's groceries for the week from the market - but you'll have microwaved pizza and boxed pasta with canned tomato sauce in a 4X4 kitchen in her apartment. No wine. No sommelier. Complete false advertisement.
1 traveler found this review helpful
This was a fantastic experience - We...
David L
, Aug 2017
This was a fantastic experience - We met Agostino on Saturday morning under the Goldoni statue really clear instructions sent 2 days before the tour. The Rialto market is well worth a visit - lots of fresh fruit and veg but also many spices , rices and dried fruit. The highlight was the variety of fresh fish and shellfish on display . Agostino was the perfect host , really friendly, well read and knowledgeable on a wide variety of subjects . He day job is an Opera Director so my partner was in heaven talking about food, opera , but also on a wide variety of topics . After picking up ingredients from the market , we stopped off for a Bellini spritzer, overlooking the grand canal - very refreshing and alcoholic- beware ! Before heading back for cooking, we made an impromptu visit one of the many impressive churches Venice with a mixture of audacious art mixed with religious symbolism. Then back to Agostino's house to cook - he made us feel very much at his home - you can do as much or as little cooking as you want. My partner mainly cooked with Agostino while i enjoyed the ambience and great sparkling rose wine . We had 3 beautifully prepared simple Italian dishes with amazing flavours and great conversation while cooking and eating. It's the type of cooking you could easily replicate at home. We left around 3pm, not only enjoying the tour experience, but also making a new friend . Can thoroughly recommend this tour - fantastic ! Thanks again Agostino.
The tour operator was very...
joan c
, Jul 2017
The tour operator was very disorganized. The chef who was a lovely person was at a disadvantage and we think he was not informed properly. The chef was very gracious in taking us into his home however we did not get the experience we paid for!
This tour was not what we expected...
Kathy L
, Jul 2017
This tour was not what we expected at all and I would suggest buyer beware. First of all, the first part of the tour -- the visit to the Rialto Market and shopping at the market -- was cancelled outright, so that experience was completely absent, with no explanation given. The second part of the tour, the cooking class, was less of a cooking class and more of a brief demonstration. We were brought to the chef's home by her husband, who was serving as her assistant. We then received a demonstration of how to make a batter for frying vegetables, how to make a pizza dough, and how to make a basic antipasti -- it involved packaged puff pastry dough, Philadelphia cream cheese, and ham -- not really a traditional Italian recipe, I'm thinking. At no point were we allowed to do any cooking or even participate in any way. The chef spoke no English and the translator provided did very little translating, so much of what was said to the group was lost. After the three dishes were demonstrated to us, we were ushered in to the dining room where we were served a multi-course Italian meal prepared by the chef and her husband. The majority of the antipasti dishes were prepared in advance and were quite tasty, but we had no idea what they were or how to make them. In short, instead of a cooking class, we had a luncheon in someone's home. If I had known that's what I was getting, I would not have signed up for the tour -- and, although it was a lovely luncheon, it was certainly more than I would have paid for this event.
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