Learn the secrets of the Venetian master chocolatiers’ art and discover the history of cocoa.
The story of chocolate is something of an epic. It was Christopher Columbus who discovered the cocoa bean in 1502, on his fourth expedition to the Americas, but the real credit for introducing chocolate to Europe must go to the Spanish friars. In the 18th century, as the first coffee shops sprang up in Venice, chocolate became a popular comestible, and the long tradition of master chocolate-making in the city was born.
You will step back in time, in the company of the artisans at Viziovirtù, a boutique chocolatier at the heart of the lagoon, between the Rialto and St Mark’s Square. They welcome all chocolate connoisseurs aged 8+ to a fascinating – and delicious – workshop every day, from 11 am to 6 pm. You will see how to temper chocolate; you will hear new curiosities about the history of cocoa; you will learn how to prepare truffles, mousses and the winter warmer we all love: hot chocolate. And, naturally, you will get to taste some unique chocolate delicacies for yourself, too.