Eat your Heart out with Venetians who know how:
- Markets & Shopping for Food. Explore the historic Rialto fish market, the vegetable market and specialty food shops of Venice. Sample Veneto area D.O.C. cheeses, wines, breads and sweets. And learn how to shop from Italian butchers, grocers and bakers.
- Cicchetti Tours. It is a local tradition in Venice to spend a free afternoon or evening eating and drinking one's way through the city stopping at the best bars along the way. Don't miss out! Get out and socialize with fellow foodies over local cocktails and small bites of Venetian eats.
- Cooking Classes. Cook and enjoy a multi-course Venetian meal under the guidance of one of the best cooks in Venice! You'll get to shop the markets, learn how to work with ingredients that you might not have at home and eat a homemade Italian meal family-style in Venice.
Hit the Beach:
- Summer Sports on Lido. Rent a bike, peddle over to the beach and then cool off kite-surfing, kayaking, windsurfing and swimming.
- Eco-Lido. Take a bicycle tour of the island and visit the nature preserves at either Alberoni or San Nicolo. Explore the dunes and forests on the island and learn about the plants and animals native to the lagoon.
- Beach Clubs & Bars on Lido. During the summer months, the party never stops on Lido. Much of the 11 kilometers of beaches are occupied by beach clubs, beach bars and restaurants. Club members lounge outside of private cabanas by day and move on to the club houses and bars for musical performances, dancing and literary events by night. Grab your sandals and spend a day meandering up and down the beach exploring the club houses and potentially choose one in which to spend some days in the sun.
Shop It Up, With A Friend-in-the-Know:
- Artisan Shops in Venice. Venice is rich in artisan traditions including the famous Murano glass and also tapestry, hand-pulped paper goods, paper machee, beading, jewelry making, wood carving and sculpture. And, far from being stuck in the past, contemporary Venetian artisans bring a decidedly modern flare to their work. Go see what's being made in Venice now and go home with works of art worthy of being passed down for generations.
- Antique Venice. Venice is full of re-discovered treasures awaiting their second life. In every district of the city you can discover the shops and workshops of restorationists who have antiquities from throughout the ages on offer. Discover furnishings, scultpures, clocks, mirrors and myriad pieces of decorative arts that were built to withstand history.
- Vintage Venice. Rummage for vintage designer clothing, shoes and accessories in Venice' vintage shops and neighborhood markets. These stores were once such well-kept secrets that most Venetians didn't even know they existed. Now, they're popping up all over the city and each is vying to outdo the other withe fabulousness of their collections.
Get out on the water and live Venice like a Venetian:
- Pescaturismo, Fishing Tours in Venice. If you've read a menu in a Venetian restaurant, or visited the Rialto market, then you know that fish are extremely important to Venetian cuisine. But, did you know that you too can go fishing in Venice? There are fishermen in Venice who will take you out into the northern lagoon in a professional fishing boat and show you how they bring in their catch. Some even offer your opportunity to cook and enjoy your own fresh fish.
- Historical Island Tours. No need to feel guilty about spending much of the day relaxing on a boat. There is sightseeing to be done in the lagoon too! You can visit the islands of San Francesco Del Deserto, where Saint Francis of Assisi is said to have performed his first miracles, and Torcello which hosts the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, the most ancient religious structure in the lagoon. Go with a knowledgable historical guide and you will get an incredible amount of learning out of your day at sea.
- Agricultural Island Excursions. Yes, there is farmland in Venice! As difficult as it is to imagine while walking the cobblestone streets in the center of town, there are a significant variety of fruits and vegetables being cultivated right here in the lagoon. And, of course, there are local wines too! On an excursion between the islands of Sant'Erasmo, Vognole and Mazzorbo it is possible to visit a farm, shop and a local farm stand, learn tricks for cooking local produce, and visit a restaurant that serves only lagoon-grown food and wine. You do need a boat. But, there is no more down-home Venetian experience than this!
Your Own Kind of Venetian Evening:
- A Musical Evening. Non solo Vivaldi! Be it rock, jazz, classical or opera, there is guaranteed to be a musical performance that will blow you away happening during your stay in Venice. Unfortunately, because there is no one portal where musicians and venues publicize events, it can be challenging for visitors to discover the performances that will be most moving to them. A local friend with an ear to the ground of the Venice music scene can let you know about performances happening during your stay and take you to the best shows.
- Wines and Cheeses of the Veneto. Take a cicchetti tour to the next level. Dispersed among the thousands of bacari in Venice, there are some excellent wine bars that specialize in regional and Italian wines and gourmet snacks. Spend a relaxing evening exploring Venice sampling Italian wines, cheeses and specialty foods with a knowledgeable companion.
- Night Walk In Venice. Venice is a wonderfully safe city, and there is no better time to explore and admire the historic center of Venice than late in the evening. After the souvenir carts have been put to bed and before the fishermen start arriving at the market, you will find yourself in a silently proud wonderland of of architecture, history and art all illuminated by moonlight. Bring your camera and get enviable uninterrupted shots of the places that deserve their fame, but can be nearly impossible to truly appreciate during the chaotic and crowded days.