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Best Food Tours of Verona

If there's one thing you can't miss in Italy's romantic city, it's its rich gastronomy. Check out some of the best tours to savor Verona.

Andressa García

Andressa García

11 min read

Best Food Tours of Verona

Turistas haciendo fila frente a edificio marron |©Doug Kovach

The Veneto region in Italy, stands out for its prominent gastronomy, and proof of this are some of the most traditional dishes of Verona. Bigoli con le sarde, risottos, paparele in brodo and tortellini di valeggio are some of the delicacies you cannot miss.

Savoring Italian gastronomy in this region of Veneto is definitely one of the best things you can see and do in Verona, especially because it gives you an idea of how deep, wide and tasty the cuisine is in this city. There are certain tours that are ideal for getting to know these flavors, and these are some of them.

1. Food and wine walking tour of Verona

girls in a vineyard|© Armando Castillejos
girls in a vineyard|© Armando Castillejos

In this gastronomic walking tour you are going to savor the culinary culture of Verona walking through its streets. You will be accompanied by an expert tour guide and taste exquisite dishes such as a typical cake accompanied by an Italian espresso.

You will have the opportunity to enjoy the taste of Valpolicella, while visiting a local wine store to learn about wine production in the region. In addition, you will learn the art of tortellini preparation, how the dough is processed, rolled and filled, while indulging in some fresh pasta samples.

While exploring Italian gastronomy, you will learn about the history and architecture of Verona. You will have the opportunity to tour the Roman Arena and other sites of interest. It's an almost personalized experience, with a maximum of ten people per group, making it one of the best Verona tours you can take in the city.

Details of interest

  • Price: To take this tour you have to pay around €85 per person.
  • Duration: The tour can last around three and a half hours.
  • Means of transport: This activity is completed on foot, but you will have to get to the starting point on your own.
  • Advantages of this option: You can choose the vegan or vegetarian option. All food and wine tastings are included.
  • Disadvantage of this option: Transportation to and from the hotel or lodging site is not included.

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2. Tour of the Valpolicella vineyards and wine tasting

wine glass of wine in vineyard|© Kym Ellis
wine glass of wine in vineyard|© Kym Ellis

On this tour you will go to Valpolicella, a picturesque place with many hills and traditional family wineries, where you can take many pictures of the whole landscape. But also in this place you will understand why it is a reference in the country as one of the most important wine-growing places in Italy.

This is an activity in which you will learn firsthand how wines are made and aged. This experience with the company of a professional winemaker is an ideal plan to include among the things to do in Verona in summer.

After learning part of the family history and heritage of this winery, you will have the opportunity to taste the finest wines, which are none other than Valpolicella, Ripasso and Amarone.

Details of interest

  • Price: This tour has an approximate price of 64 euros per person.
  • Duration: You can take at least two and a half hours to complete the tour.
  • Means of transport: You will travel by private bus and also by train.
  • Advantages of this option: The visit to the winery and also to the private rural house is included. Tasting of local cheeses such as Monte Veronese is included.
  • Disadvantage of this option: Consumption of other meals or drinks not included in the package is not included.

3. Ice cream making class in Verona

Flavored ice creams|© Lama Roscu
Flavored ice creams|© Lama Roscu

During this special class to learn how to make gelato, you will taste the exquisite flavor of gelato, which is nothing less than Italy' s favorite sweet. A real Italian chef will teach you the process of making the dessert from scratch, as well as help you discover how sorbetto, one of the most special gelatos, is traditionally prepared.

One thing you will love is that the chef will give you tips on how to put into practice the basic techniques of preparing Gelato and Sorbetto to enhance the natural flavors of their ingredients. You will also learn how to choose the best ingredients for a perfect gelato, as well as egg whipping and pasteurization techniques.

Before you leave , you will receive a free recipe book, which will allow you to continue practicing at home. Thanks to the short time you will spend in this activity, it is one of the best options to include in your itinerary of things to do in Verona in one day.

Interesting details

  • Price: To enjoy this activity you have to pay approximately €59 per person.
  • Duration: The class lasts about two hours.
  • Means of transportation: You have to get on your own to the place where the ice cream class will take place.
  • Advantages of this option: You get a recipe book as a gift. It is suitable for you if you suffer from food intolerance or allergy, you just have to let us know in advance.
  • Disadvantage of this option: Pick up and drop off at the hotel or lodging site is not included. Tips are not included. Not easily accessible for wheelchair users.

4. Italian cooking classes in Verona

Person making pasta|©Jorge Zapata
Person making pasta|©Jorge Zapata

The chef who will lead the classes will be at the front of the Ristori Theater, waiting for you at the appointed time. You will go with him and the rest of the group to the kitchen where you can start enjoying the cooking show and culinary tastings.

During the day's class, you will have the opportunity to make a variety of dishes, including bruschettas with tomato, a nice fresh pasta dish and risotto as a main course.

Finally you will prepare tiramisu. All the food you will taste in the company of wine from the nearby Valpolicella region. When you finish the class, you will receive a booklet with all the recipes you learned during the day.

Details of interest

  • Price: You can enjoy this experience for approximately 105 euros per person.
  • Duration: The class can last around 3 and a half hours.
  • Means of transportation: You have to get to the meeting place on your own, so you will have to use your private car or arrive by public transportation.
  • Advantages of this option: You have the opportunity to advise of any dietary requirements when booking. The activity admits up to 10 participants.
  • Disadvantage of this option: Tips are not included in the price. Transportation to and from the hotel or lodging site is not included.

5. Wine tasting with Amarone included

Red wine at the table|©Giacomo Eugeni
Red wine at the table|©Giacomo Eugeni

This is an ideal experience to include among the things to see and do in Verona at Christmas, when it is winter season, the days are rainy and it is not advisable to make an outdoor wine tour. It is about visiting an interactive wine school in Verona where you can discover the aroma and taste of the most pleasant and famous local wines.

You will be able to taste several types of wines, the first one will be a dry white wine, which is none other than the glorious Soave. Then you will taste the Lugana wine, to prepare the palate and follow one of the most famous flavors of Italy, which is none other than the wine of the Valpolicella area. Finally you will taste the intense Amarone.

Interesting details

  • Price: To enjoy this activity you will have to pay around 38 euros per person.
  • Duration: This experience has an approximate duration of one hour.
  • Means of transportation: This activity takes place in a fixed location, where you will have to arrive on your own using either public transportation, or going by private car.
  • Advantages of this option: Tasting of different alcoholic beverages is included. Appetizers are included. The tasting is led by an expert in the field.
  • Disadvantage of this option: Transfer to and from the hotel is not included.

6. Private tasting tour in Verona with locals

Woman holding fork with food|© Pablo Merchán Montes
Woman holding fork with food|© Pablo Merchán Montes

On this tour of the best of Verona's food, you'll get a taste of the city's culinary scene, while getting insider information about the town and its history, taking photos and touring the historic center. By the way, another way to tour the historic center of the city is by taking a bus tour of Verona.

Accompanied by your tour guide, you will visit emblematic cafes, pastry shops and traditional restaurants where you can taste at least ten specialties, including sweet drinks and savory foods, while learning about the most interesting features of Verona's authentic cuisine.

Interesting details

  • Price: This tour is priced at approximately €113 per person.
  • Duration: The experience can last around three hours.
  • Means of transportation: It is an activity that is completed on foot, so you will have to get to the starting point on your own.
  • Advantages of this option: You have the opportunity to propose vegetarian alternatives. The tour is private, so only you and your group will participate.
  • Disadvantage of this option: Transfer to and from the hotel or lodging site is not included.

7. Truffle hunting and wine tasting

Woman walking in the vineyard|©Trevor Gerzen
Woman walking in the vineyard|©Trevor Gerzen

This experience is one of the best things to do if you go to Verona in 2 days, because in the company of an expert guide and his dog you will go in search of scorzone truffles, and for this, you are going to walk through the woods and lands surrounding Verona.

You are going to enjoy a pairing of Amarone wine and truffles, while learning and tasting the flavors and aromas of Valpolicella. The tasting will take place on a Veronese terrace with a beautiful view of Valpolicella.

It is important for you to know that the truffle hunt may be cancelled due to seasonal closure, in that case, this excursion will be replaced by a tour of the vineyard and cellars. The rest of the experience remains the same.

Details of interest

  • Price: This tour is priced at approximately 107 euros per person.
  • Duration: You can complete this experience in about two and a half hours.
  • Means of transportation: It is an activity that is completed on foot, so you have to get to the meeting point on your own.
  • Advantages of this option: The truffle hunting excursion in the company of the Italian guide, or the tour of the vineyard is included. You can enjoy food pairing with local food, including cheeses, salami, chutney and olive oil.
  • Disadvantage of this option: This tour is not recommended for travelers with back problems, nor for pregnant women.

8. Course and culinary experience on Lake Garda

Lake Garda|©maria luisa novela
Lake Garda|©maria luisa novela

This is one of the most special cooking class programs in Italy. You will get a taste of traditional Italian food preparations. You will love tasting Italian specialties such as bread, bruschetta, antipasti, ciabatta, tagliolini, tortelloni, pasta-ravioli, risotto and dolci polenta.

You will also taste and learn how to make braised red radicchio, mushrooms, salami, bigoli, potato dumplings with pork sausage and baci di Giulietta. These classes are held on Lake Garda, which is one of the most famous tourist spots in northern Italy. Classes are available between April and November, making it one of the best things to do in Verona in October.

Details of interest

  • Price: This experience can be priced at around 145 euros per person.
  • Duration: You can take around four hours to complete this experience.
  • Means of transportation: The activity takes place in a fixed location, so you will have to get to the meeting point on your own.
  • Advantages of this option: You have the possibility to choose the vegetarian option, just let us know at the time of booking. It is a private activity, so only you and your group will participate.
  • Disadvantage of this option: The transfer to and from the hotel is not included. The minimum age to participate in this activity is 14 years old.

9. Olive oil tasting and wine tasting

people tasting olive oil|©Fernando R. Ortega
people tasting olive oil|©Fernando R. Ortega

You will visit a winery in the hills of Verona. You will also enjoy a guided tour of Valpolicella, where you will know in detail, how is the wine production in that region.

During the tour you will be able to taste at least three types of wines: Valpolicella, Ripasso and Amarone. After this visit, you will go straight to an olive grove and an olive oil factory.

Inside the factory you will see the olive groves, and learn all the details of the cultivation and production of this tree. Of course, after visiting this place, you will be able to taste the olive oil.

Interesting details

  • Price: This tour can cost you around 140 euros per person.
  • Duration: The experience can last around four hours.
  • Means of transportation: The tour is done on foot, so you have to get to the meeting point on your own.
  • Advantages of this option: Alcoholic beverages and snacks are included. It is a private activity, meaning that only you and your group can participate.
  • Disadvantage of this option: It is not a tour that is adapted for wheelchair users.

10. Gastronomic tour in Verona

person cutting pizza|© Thomas Schweighofer
person cutting pizza|© Thomas Schweighofer

This is a walking tour of the city center, accompanied by a tour guide who is an expert on everything you need to try in Verona. Not only will you learn about gastronomy, but also about the culture and history of the city. You will go from restaurant to restaurant tasting a wide variety of Veronese flavors.

You will visit the Basilica di San Lorenzo, where the gastronomic tour begins. There you will taste a traditional crostini and a glass of local wine. Later you will pass through Porta Borsari, where you will taste the typical Veronese pasta.

The Basilica di Santa Anastasia is the next point of this itinerary. There you will eat a couple of main dishes: Pastissada, or Polenta with soppressa. Finally you will pass through Piazza delle Erbe, where you will taste the Risino, an exquisite Veronese dessert. If you prefer, you can taste some ice cream and close with the inevitable espresso coffee.

Interesting details

  • Price: This tour has an approximate price of 79 euros per person.
  • Duration: You can take about three hours doing this tour.
  • Means of transportation: The activity is completed on foot, so you will have to get to the meeting point on your own.
  • Advantages of this option: A local, multilingual expert will accompany you on the experience. You can inform about any dietary requirements when booking.
  • Disadvantage of this option: Transportation to and from the hotel or lodging site is not included.

Tips for a tour from Verona

People picking fruit|©Run 5.30
People picking fruit|©Run 5.30
  • Wear comfortable shoes for the times when you need to do a lot of walking.
  • Ask before going on any of the tours if you can take children with you.
  • Advise in advance all the requirements you have regarding the type of food you may or may not eat.
  • Try to go hungry on all food tours, because if there is one thing you are going to do, it is eat.

Advantages of taking a guided tour from Verona instead of taking a tour on my own

Vineyard tour|©API abroad
Vineyard tour|©API abroad
  • Take a guided tour
  • You will taste the best wines and get to know the vineyards.
  • You will learn the secrets of Italian food
  • You will learn how to make the jewels of Italian food from scratch.
  • You will learn about the history and culture of Verona.
  • Take an excursion on your own
  • It will be more difficult to learn about the vineyards and the winemaking process.
  • You will only taste the food, without knowing the history behind it.
  • You will not learn how to cook typical Italian dishes.
  • You will know very few details about the history and culture of the city.