There is no better way to cap off your wedding than with a fabulous, memorable, and romantic honeymoon. Your honeymoon gives you a chance to relax and unwind after the whirlwind of the wedding planning and the big day itself, plus it allows you to spend time together as a brand new married couple.
Italy is of course synonymous with romance, so there really is no better destination to choose, but why not take it a step further and book a themed tour? Venice food tours have become quite popular as of late, allowing tourists to sample first-hand what makes Italy such a mecca for food and beverages. And let’s face it, there’s something about sharing a glass of wine together, and sampling Venetian delicacies that is just so romantic. So, let’s take a closer look at how you can make this rather tasty tour a reality.
Leave the Planning to the Professionals
When it comes to food tours, it’s really best to leave it to the professionals. By picking a local tour operator with pre-planned itineraries, you will be taking advantage of all the inside information they have gathered. A planned itinerary will ensure you don’t miss out on any must-see locations, hidden gems, and get that added sense of history and story behind the various eateries.
Roman Guy Italy Tours & Vacations is one such tour operator that offers an exceptional Venice food tour that can be completed in just a couple of hours. What this means is that even if you are traveling on your own, and without a set itinerary, you can still sign up for this tour. This tour is classed as a “light walking tour” and because it has a maximum of 10 people, you know you’ll get that intimate feel.
Tour highlights include a gondola ride, a visit to the Venice Fish Market, an in-depth look at Venetian culture when it comes to food and wine, an included lunch, plus food and beverage sampling along the way. The tour will end on a high note since everyone is treated to a little Gelato, which is an Italian legacy.
By touring with professionals, you will be able to ask questions, learn about the attractions/sights, the history, the culture, and the people. It allows tourists to have a more immersive experience. It also takes all the stress of planning and transportation off you.
Create Your Own Food Itinerary
Another way you can make your honeymoon about food and drinks is to do your research in advance and create your own food-themed itinerary. You can make a list of five restaurants that are absolute must-visits for you, and then build your sightseeing around these stops.
If you’re having a hard time narrowing down your choices, you can always check with the concierge at your hotel when you arrive. They are usually a fabulous source of inside information.
Manage Your Time Wisely
If this is your first visit to Venice you are bound to feel overwhelmed with all the sights, attractions, and local eateries. Before you know it, you’ll find it’s the last day of your honeymoon and you are suddenly rushing around trying to fit all the final things in. This is why you’ll want to manage your time wisely. Even if you aren’t the type that likes to follow an “itinerary”, you don’t want to head home with regrets about all the sights and attractions you missed out on because you didn’t manage your time better.
Perhaps you want to schedule a few hours of free time each afternoon to explore and discover new places, while you keep to a more structured schedule in the morning. Or maybe you want to get all the must-see attractions done with the first couple of days, leaving you with the rest of your honeymoon to explore the city as you wish. Whatever works for you.
Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
The whole purpose of taking part in a food tour is that you are stepping outside the ordinary, and trying new and different dishes. With that said, it’s important to step outside your comfort zone and really give things a try. You are in Venice to experience new and different things, so don’t let a fear of trying things hold you back.
The Essentials List
As a final note, if you want to get a true taste of Venice from a local’s perspective, here’s a list of the absolute essential foods and drinks you’ll want to try.
Risotto al nero di seppia: For those who love risotto, this dish can’t be missed. This is described as a seafood-based risotto that uses squid ink to give it a rich black color. It is flavored with tomato, onion, wine, and ink braise.
Baccalamantecato: This is a fish-based antipasto dish that is extremely popular in Venice. It uses cod that has been dried and creamed, then mixed with pepper, salt, and olive oil to create a mousse-like texture. It’s served with polenta or bread.
Mołéche: Here’s another fabulous must-try seafood dish that features green crabs found right in the Venetian lagoon. Keep in mind these are seasonal. They can be used in salads or fried dishes, and the crabs themselves are very soft.
Various Wines and Spirits: As for beverages, well you’ve got a number to try. Venice is well-known for both its red and white wines, but its most popular wine tends to be Prosecco, which is a sparkling white wine. Prosecco is a perfect choice for celebrating something as special as your honeymoon.
Wine and Dine Your Way Through Venice
When it comes to picking that perfect honeymoon destination, it’s hard to beat the romance, sights, and sounds of Venice. It’s the perfect location to wine and dine, providing you with memories that will last a lifetime and perhaps a new favorite recipe or two. Just don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting to return again soon.