Nº 1. We shall arrive at the tour with a sense of humor, fun, camaraderie, and hunger.
Nº 2. We shall shun the tourist menu and strive to eat and drink only at places authentic to Venice.
Nº 3. We shall not eat restaurant chain food, ever.
Nº 4. We shall endeavor to be adventurous.
Nº 5. We shall try with all our might to be more a traveler than a tourist.
Nº 6. We shall be grateful and thankful for those that serve us.
Nº 7. We shall seek genuine, local, Venetian food and when possible, shake the hands that feed us.
Nº 8. We shall be courteous, humble, good humoured and patient while discovering a new culture.
Nº 9. We shall bring people together, through food, drink, and experiences, so let the party begin!
And last, but most importantly: Nº 10. Save the water, drink the wine.
By visiting our local family-owned and operated businesses, our mission is to honor and celebrate their work and their perseverance in preserving what is left of the fabric of Venice, which is gravely endangered. We have a dual purpose: Yes, we want to get travelers “off the eaten path,” away from the tourist zones and help find great places to eat. But we also want to support the families who work tirelessly, day after day, to serve the city and the people they love. It is often a thankless job. We want to bring them recognition. We want to introduce travelers to their crafts, and hopefully, people will return and tell their friends. But most importantly, we want to help financially support them to help them stem the tide from the foreign investors and international chains that are plaguing our city. Every day we do a tour, it’s another day they can stay in business. We know that each and every meal counts, and with your help, we accomplish this together. We are thankful every day that like-minded travelers like you are there to help in this effort.
Every location we go on our tours has been chosen by us for exactly this purpose. We pay full price for everything. We have not, nor will we ever ask for a discount from them. We do not accept kickbacks or commissions. To that end, we also do not offer discounts for our tours. All of these things pull against the nature of our main goal, which is to support Venetians in their efforts to save themselves and our beloved city.