Food and Ghost Tour by Monica Cesarato

Food and Ghost Tour by Monica Cesarato

Food and Ghost Tour by Monica Cesarato
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Would you like to discover a different part of Venice?Do you like to try new food?So this is the tour in Italy for you.You can eat your way through some traditional and delicious cicchetti (Venetian Style tapas) and taste some nice Prosecco wine or try a Spritz and at the same time you will discover some fantastic and incredible tales about the Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia.During the tour we will stop in two or three of the best Osterie in Venice (according to time), where we will sit down and try their delicious food and their special wines. And while you are tasting the typical Venetian food cicchetti, I will entertain you by telling you some ghost and horror stories about the people who used to live in Venice.
Oriago di Mira, Veneto, Italy

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Laura
Crofton, Kentucky, United States115 contributions
May 2022
My husband and I spent an evening with Monica on a Cicchetti tour in May. Monica's cicchetti tour was a highlight of our trip to Venice in May. We enjoyed some Venetian specialties and some great local wines. Monica introduced us to foods we would not have otherwise tried. Monica is friendly and very easy to work with. She gave us great tips for restaurants and other shopping interests. We loved every bite of the tour! Easily one of the best tours we have taken. For those taking their first trip to Venice... we would highly recommend one of Monica's tours for a great introduction to the city. If you are returning to Venice, Monica's tours are a great way to discover places only a local knows about.
Written May 31, 2022
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Helen A
Northwich, UK56 contributions
Oct 2021
I have followed Monica on Twitter for some time so I was already aware of her bubbly enthusiasm! We enjoyed trying the lovely wines and cicchetti and it gave us confidence to do this on our own in future. Monica also gave us excellent insider tips on where to eat, shop, and on exhibitions and cultural places to visit. It was a privilege to get a local’s viewpoint on this fabulous city. We’ve been to Venice before, but this tour gave us new ideas and perspectives, definitely worth it!
Written October 17, 2021
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JordanShu
North Caldwell, NJ2 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Monica took us to places we never would have known about. She is friendly, warm and has extensive knowledge about the local and regional food and wine traditions. We had a blast (and ate and drank SO WELL)! We would happily take another food tour the next time we’re in Venice.
Written October 3, 2022
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Sophie H
Madison, WI3 contributions
Sep 2022 • Solo
This tour was recommended in the Lonely Planet guidebook to Venice and I booked it hoping to learn a little more about Venetian cuisine. It ended up being everything I hoped for and more. Monica was an absolutely delightful host and so fun and easy to talk with, not to mention a fountain of knowledge on Venetian cichetti and wine. Her explanation of Venetian region wines helped me figure out why I don’t normally like reds but adored the reds she picked for us, so now I know to look for Veneto region wines at home! All of the food was wonderful as well. Would highly recommended booking this tour, especially early in your trip to get a better understand of how ciccheti work.
Written September 13, 2022
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casalucia
Loro Piceno, Italy77 contributions
Oct 2022
Cicchetti Tour of Venice - Mid October 2022. I had been waiting a long time for this tour......first because of Covid and then because my own trip was postponed....but finally the day arrived and we met with Monica by the bridge that crossed at Piazzale di Roma across the canal. I was a little surprised that the first stop was for ice cream - it was a very warm day, (especially for October) and the ice cream was delicious, but looking back, I would have preferred to jump straight into tasting cicchetti.

After the ice cream, we visited 2 places for the famous cicchetti snacks and glasses of wine. Monica told us a lot about the variety of local food and the history and types of wine - my only 'complaint', (or maybe 'observation' is a better word) is that it didn't feel as if we were really 'off the beaten track' or discovering real secret locations that only the locals visit. Maybe there just aren't any places like that any more. Or maybe the locals really do want to keep them for themselves.

The second bar was much closer to my expectation of a 'little known' place and alongside the snacks and wine, we also tried a delicious cocktail featuring cinnamon, which i didn't expect to enjoy, but was actually delicious!!

The late afternoon/evening passed by way too fast and ended too soon......it didn't feel as though we had been out and about in Venice for over 4 hours. Monica clearly knows her food, wine and local customs and history and has lots of stories to share. An interesting and interested tour guide.
Written November 9, 2022
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Leah Bateman
Boston, MA13 contributions
Nov 2021
Monica’s Cake and Chocolate Food Tour was a highlight of our recent trip to Venice. We started off by trying Italian hot chocolate and a delicious confection that’s only available a few times a year, and Monica gave us interesting information about both. After a few more delectable stops, we ended up at a chocolate shop, where we learned about different varieties of cocoa pods, where cocoa is grown, how it’s roasted, and how it’s processed. We also got to sample quite a few of the shop’s offerings, and I bought several of their products as souvenirs for friends and family back home. Monica herself is outgoing, entertaining, and extremely well-informed. I can’t wait to get back to Venice so I can go on her other tours!
Written December 29, 2021
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Verbena2
St. Petersburg, FL17 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
We had the BEST tour with Monica! We did a lot of research thinking we would try some cicchetti on our own but ended up booking with Monica after we heard about her on the Untold Italy podcast. And we are SO glad we did. The tour was comfortable and really delicious. Monica was great company and we loved relaxing, tasting and learning about the food and wine. She was great with the kids and we never would have experienced the Venetian way on our own. I still think about the amazing food, we are going to try to make her special drink and the kids told everyone about our tour! We will certainly tour with Monica again! Highly recommend!
Written August 18, 2023
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Alexandra Stathis Tsao
Brooklyn, NY25 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Monica is a terrific guide and an absolute pleasure as a human being. She is extremely knowledgeable in Venetian cuisine, wine and spirits. Not only did she take us to eat delicious cichetti and drink some terrific wines at some local hidden gem restaurants, but she also taught us all about the history and current day food and drink culture in the Veneto region. She is a kind and energetic spirit who can keep you on the edge of your seat and listening intently for hours. I would highly recommend any tour she offers. Oh and she is also a food author - very cool!
Written July 1, 2023
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Nancy H
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May 2014 • Couples
The cicchetti tour with Monica in Venice was one of the highlights of our recent trip to Italy. We found her easily in the designated meeting spot and set off for our tour. Monica is very passionate about food, wine, and Venice and she shared her passion along the way while weaving us through streets and allys we would never have discovered on our own. Our first stop provided us with 8 glasses of wine and 8 cichettis (appetizers) for 8 euros! We now knew we had booked the right tour! We continued on with more delicious food, wine, and entertaining conversation with Monica. Our final,stop included an enormous platter of various meats, cheeses, bread, and fresh capers. By the end of the evening it felt like we were old friends. Monica made us feel welcome and allowed us to see something other than the tour crowded streets of Venice. Definitely do this tour!
J & N from vancouver
Written May 25, 2014
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Alyson D
Boston, MA1 contribution
Dec 2014 • Couples
We have a steadfast rule for traveling...if the menu is translated into multiple languages, and/or there are pictures of the food, you just DO NOT eat there. So, planning meals is always one of the things we spend a lot of time doing before we leave. Venice's baccari and the art of turning cichetti into a meal was top on the list of must-do's, but I wasn't sure how we were going to navigate our way through choosing places to pop into, never mind choosing the best bites. When we discovered Monica's tours, I emailed her right away to book an evening.

From the very first email, through the extended evening we spent munching, drinking, and laughing, Monica was just a pleasure. Give yourself over to her completely - you will try foods you may not have heard of, and combinations you may not think you will like - but you will be truly experiencing the local flavors, and that in and of itself is worth venturing beyond proscuitto and cheese costini!

You do a good bit of walking, a little learning about Venice and it's history, a bunch of eating (no need to make dinner reservations after her 5:00pm cichetti tour - just stay at the last spot a little longer if you are still hungry - which you probably won't be!), and a ton of laughing. This tour will make your top 3 list of Venice moments!
Written January 2, 2015
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