Sadly, based on a ton of recommendations we only booked two days in Venice. THIS WAS NOT ENOUGH TIME!!! Yes, Venice is tiny, but there are tons of surrounding islands to explore, and since getting lost is part of the fun, you definitely spend a bunch of time wandering around back streets.
Since we enjoyed our food tour in Florence so much, we decided to book one in Venice at the last last minute. Since it's the offseason, we were the only ones on the tour (!). Because of that, we really got to customize our day and pick foods and drinks that we really wanted to try. Like Florence, we wanted a less touristy experience, so we decided to explore "the other side" of the canal.
After crossing the Ponte dell'Accademia, we feasted!
Here's what we ate:
For the main course, we dined al fresco on local seafood like crab gnocchi, mussels, and shrimp. Everything was cooked to perfection, and the place was filled with gondoliers on their lunch break, which is apparently a good sign.
After our giant lunch, we took a break from savory to try a sweet treat at a well-known gelateria. One of the highlights was the seasonal pear sorbet, which I devoured in about 5 seconds.
Throughout the tour, we also learned about the architecture of Venice and mask making, and we took a trip to the Rialto Market.
I'm breaking this day into two parts because the second half of the day was an adventure in and of itself, so stay tuned!