Prosecco and pesce: catch your lunch in the Venetian Lagoon


Prosecco and pesce: catch your lunch in the Venetian Lagoon

Fish for your supper (or rather, your lunch), then have your catch cooked at a traditional trattoria in Burano.

You’ll start the day with a caffè and spritz before climbing the campanile (bell tower) of tucked-away Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta on the tiny island of Torcello for a bird’s-eye view of the water. Next, board the traditional fisherman’s boat to catch local lagoon specialities, such as crab, sardines, pilchards, squid and branzino (bass) – depending on the season. The grand finale? Feast on a lunch of seafood and crudo before tucking into your fresh catch and meeting the chefs at family-run Trattoria al Gatto Nero on the rainbow-daubed island of Burano.

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From €850 for 2 people

Allison Zurfluh

Your insider

Allison Zurfluh

Author, editor and expert translator

In the past, Venice enthusiast Allison communicated the worlds of classical music and Olympic sport to people from different sides of the language divide. Which is probably why she’s such a pro at decoding the delights of the Lagoon City – whether you’re a first-timer or a fellow fan. One of life’s great over-achievers, she also edits a luxury lifestyle magazine, writes for international publications and has (casually) written a best-selling children's book set in Venice.

Trace the northern lagoon from basilicas to boats and bellissimo Burano on this all-hands-on-deck fishing and fine-dining experience.

3 hours and 30 minutes
Start Time
Tours run between the hours of 09:30 and 17:00
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Where you'll go
You’ll start the day in Torcello, which you can reach on your own or choose to arrive in style, via vaporetto (water taxi) or private wooden boat (bookable at an extra cost). You’ll start at with a coffee or spritz at Taverna Tipica Veneziana, then move on to the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta for an aerial view of the lagoon, before boarding the boat with Allison and her mariner friend. Once you’ve caught your lunch, it’ll be cooked up at family-run Trattoria al Gatto Nero.
What you'll sample
Fishing is a sport that requires patience – or, prosecco. You’ll get a bottle of Italy’s finest to keep you company while you catch your lunch aboard the boat, plus a drink or your choice (coffee or spritz?) to start the day in style. Lunch is not included to allow you to order as little or as much as you’d like from the menu at Trattoria al Gatto Nero.
Experience location
You’ll meet Allison in Torcello – a tiny island far from the madding crowds of St Mark’s, in Venice’s northern lagoon; we’ll send you the exact details in your booking confirmation.