In no particular order, here are three unexpected things to do in Venice.
Rialto Fish Market Tour with Gritti Epicurean School
Since 1097, the Venetians have relied on the Rialto Market’s vendors for notjust the day’s catch but top-notch produce.
Also, this historic market plays an important part in the city’s social and culinaryculture, and Gritti Palace chef Daniele Turco offers a special gastronomicpackage whereby guests start their day touring the storied Rialto Market withTurco, who explains Venetian cuisine and local products.
Offered twice a month and available on request, the market tour and cookinglesson package is available to the public, not just Gritti Palace hotel guests.
Mazzorbo, Torcello and Burano
Mazzorbo is home to the one-star Michelin wine resort Venissa, owned byMatteo Bisol-son of Gianluca, the celebrated prosecco maker-and Matteo’s wifeVeronica. Also, Mazzorbo connects to the picture perfect island of Burano known for its colorfulhouses and lacemakers and home to the Venice Lace Museum.
Though much of the island’s former splendor has been recycled, a fewMedieval-era buildings remain. The island’s main draw is Byzantine mosaic artwork inside the seventh centuryCathedral of Santa Maria Assunta.
Cicchetti and Wine Bar Tour
Cicchetti, sub-genre of La Cucina Veneziana, are tiny snacks offered at the city’smany baccari and select osterias. Along the way, you’ll learn all about the role cicchetti have played Venice’ssocial culture and history.