The Bacaro Tradition of Venice: In Partnership with Food & Wine Magazine
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Approximately 6 Hours
Depart from the pier on a private motor launch for a ride along the most amazing 'street' in the world -- Venice's Grand Canal. On the agenda today is a visit to some of the city's architectural wonders and, of course, some unforgettable gourmet food tastes.
You’ll leave the launch in the Rialto area, near the famed bridge, and meet your guide for a short walk. Hidden among a maze of streets and canals in the Campo Manin district, discover the Scala Contarini del Bovolo -- a spiral staircase that is an architectural gem and a Venice landmark. The staircase is the perfect synthesis of three different styles: Renaissance (which appears in some elements, such as the capitals), Gothic (the construction technique) and Venetian-Byzantine (the overall form). The reward for a climb to the top? One of the most stunning views in the city.
Next, cross the world-famous Rialto Bridge to reach the other side of the Grand Canal, where a Venetian bacaro (a typical trattoria and bar) welcomes you. Step inside at Naranzaria. This delightful little bar specializes in wines from the Veneto region and serves up a tantalizing array of cheeses and cold cuts to pair with each glass. Your self-guided wine-tasting experience includes a flight of five pours of the celebrated Amarone di Valpolicella wine accompanied by a selection of freshly-made chiccheti -- Venetian finger foods -- offering a taste of the local cuisine. Naranzaria's knowledgeable staff will be on hand to provide a brief history of the region’s specialties and answer any questions.
Participants must be able to climb approximately 100 steps to reach the top of the staircase; there is no elevator. The steps are mostly flat and easy, but the last 10 steps are a bit more difficult. Guests with mobility limitations may not be able to reach the top of the staircase and enjoy the view.