Streaty food tour – Venice
This was my first, but not the last time using Streaty for a walking tour while in Italy. I found them on AirBnb experiences and thought that what they had to offer suited what I was looking for in Venice.
I chose to do the Venice food and wine evening tour which was hosted by a very knowledgeable local. Meeting point was over and under the Ponte della Costitutzione. Fortunately for me there was only one other person on this tour so we both got quite a tailored experience with our guide.
In the tour you get to stop off at 4 ‘Bacari’, which is a wine bar, where you also get to sample small, tantalizing bites or cicchetti (small snacks like Spanish Tapas) of traditional Venetian fare, and a spritz or glass of local wine.
All the food was delicious. It is quite seafood focused but the Bacari will cater for non-seafood eaters and vegetarians. The produce used is of really high quality and by the end of the experience, I was quite full. No need for dinner after this tour!
The drinks were all amazing, even the grappa which I would normally never have. My favourite was the food and 3 glasses of spritz in our second Bacari. The first one was really quite quaint and very busy. The guy running the bar is obviously doing a great job with both locals and tourists alike.
Our guide was absolutely lovely. Really engaging and charismatic and someone who made you feel like you were out drinking and eating with a friend. He was genuinely interested in learning where the other tourist and myself were from and what we did. Once he found out I was from Melbourne he instantly said that he missed Melbourne coffee (it really is THE best) and loved Melbourne when he lived there. He took just as much interest in the other tourist who was from Quebec, so it was really lovely to learn about where she was from.
I really appreciated the Streaty concept. It wasn’t expensive and for what you get it is great value. I think all up I had about approximately 10 cicchetti and at least 2 glasses of prosecco, 3 glasses of three different spritz, a glass or two of wine and grappa. Streaty obviously select locals who know their stuff but whom are willing to engage well with their tourists. What more could you want as a solo traveller, good food, great drinks and fabulous conversation all while walking slowly around Venice. I enjoyed my experience so much that I ended up using Streaty in Florence as well.
To read more about my stay in Venice, check out 2 days in Venice, Italy: Lost, happy & full of food!