Sweet Venice: Traditional Cafès and Pastry Shops Walk
This trip is ideal for vacationers who love sweets and are interested in seeing Venice through the ancient bakeries, cafés, and pastry shops for which the city is famous!
Explore Venetian traditional cafés and pastry shops in a small group
Stop at some of the old bakeries and pastry shops to taste their delicacies
Enjoy your walking tour with a local guide
A local guide
Italian espresso at the first stop
A traditional Venetian pastry at the first stop
Gondola ferry on Canal Grande
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Please note: the tour runs from April 2023.
This trip is ideal for those who want to see Venice through the richness of its ancient bakeries, cafés, and pastry stores. The guide will offer you traditional baked goods/sweet treats at each stop. You will choose what you like best! Refresh your energy with espresso coffee, tasty pastries, ice cream, and tiramisu at the many bridges you'll cross. You'll be stopping at local bakeries that have given Venetians fresh reasons to get out of bed for centuries.
You will stop at a historic pastry shop in Castello that has been open since 1879, where you can replenish your energy with delicious sweets. Then, in a small bakery near San Marco, you'll get a "zaeto," a traditional cornmeal and sultanas biscuit. Following that, you'll stop at the bar counter of one of Saint Mark's Square's famous cafés, maybe the one chosen by opera composer Richard Wagner. Enjoy your cappuccino surrounded by baroque mirrors and old Moorish chandeliers. You may even request a "corretto" (espresso coffee with grappa liqueur) and indulge even more!
You'll take a gondola boat over the Canal Grande to the Zattere in the artsy Dorsoduro area. There, you will savor a delectable scoop of ice cream at a "gelateria" that was a favorite of Peggy Guggenheim and, more recently, Angelina Jolie. Following that, eating the traditional Burano cookie will make you feel like a genuine Venetian. Since 1956, the original recipe may have been found at a local family-owned bakery. As you enter the Santa Croce neighborhood, you will pass by a bakery every Venetian has visited at least once. A cup of tiramisu, Italy's most famous dessert, is a decent pick.
Zabaione is a traditional filling for Venetian pastries. It has a moderate amount of alcohol from the Marsala liquor and is very tasty. You'll sample it at a pastry store that has been a corner bakery since 1742 and whose reputation for "krapfen" (cream puffs), strudels, and Venetian doughnuts has lasted through many "acqua alta" seasons (high tides).
When visiting the Cannaregio neighborhood and the world's oldest Jewish ghetto, you must taste some pastry from a classic kosher bakery. Bit by bit, you'll learn about and understand the cultural diversity of the cities and the people who have lived there in the past.