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Food in Venice: Top Tips on Where to Go, What to Eat, and How to Order

Learn how to live like a local, discovering the famed bacaro, ombra, and cicchetto of Venice
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When traveling through Venice, it’s easy to get swept up in the crowds of Piazza San Marco, but be sure to leave time to wander off the beaten path. The smaller waterways and neighborhoods of Venice are a treasure trove of bàcaris and local legends. In a city where people usually walk everywhere, it is very easy and common to find a friend on the way home after work and spontaneously say “Andiamo a bere un’ombra!” (Let’s go drink in the shade). 
Meet Your Expert

Cecilia is a qualified FISAR Sommelier and a licensed tour leader. She is a native of Venice whose great-grandparents owned one of the most prestigious bars in St Mark’s Square. She is a food enthusiast and passionate about wine. Cecilia studied organic wine in France, receiving a Master's degree in 2012, and worked in the most famous enoteca of Venice for almost three years. She shares her knowledge about food, wine and Venetian culture to help visitors enjoy the city from a different perspective, through a connection of flavors, aromas and stories. Fluent in the Venetian dialect, Cecilia will introduce you to the local farmer at the Rialto Market and show you how to choose fresh fish from her favorite fishmonger. She is proud to be part of the Context team, promoting responsible tourism in one the most beautiful -and definitely the most delicate- cities in the world.

Typically an "ombra" is a glass of the house wine, served standing in a "bàcaro" in a very cozy atmosphere, and paired with colorful appetizers called "cicchetti." But what is the origin of this habit? Already by the 1300s, there were more than 20 bàcari in the area immediately surrounding the Rialto Bridge. With such a long history, it comes as no surprise that the etymology of the words "bàcari" and "cicchetti" have conflicting origins.

After making a distinction between “osteria,” “locanda,” and “restaurant” – we’ll deliver an introduction to the history of this authentic and common lifestyle. Having been a major crossroads in the importation of spices (and with a key role in the commerce of salt), Venice offers an especially unique array of cuisines to sample.

Led by a food expert and certified sommelier, Cecilia Sitran, this lecture will combine history, genuine traditions, and suggestions on how to experience the authentic Venetian food culture. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased interest in trying a must-have food and wine experience, shoulder to shoulder with locals.
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25 Reviews (4.72)

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It was very nice to learn about cichetti and the places to visit. Thanks Cecilia!
I got so hungry. Cannot wait to try Cecilia's suggestions.
Presenter Ms. Sitran was superb and her charm is the main reason I stayed with presentation. I had no idea there would be so much focus on where to eat in Venice. That narrow topic was not what I would have liked to see, but it is perfect information for me to share with those that are going to Venice. I would suggest that Context Travel give more clarity on what the focus of any given program is about, so that I can use my $ towards my particular interests.