Local Living: Venice’s Best Bacari and Cicchetti with Cecilia Sitran

Local Living: Venice’s Best Bacari and Cicchetti with Cecilia Sitran


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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. Because 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!”)

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 interactive seminar 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.

After her degree in Economics of Art and Culture at the University of Venice, Cecilia Sitran studied for two years to obtain her diploma of Sommelier. She has worked in one of the most prestigious wine shops in Venice. She has also completed a master's in the South of France on organic wines. As a freelance sommelier, she shares her Venetian roots while tasting local wines surrounded by the beauty of Venice. She teaches cooking courses in Venice that combine fresh ingredients and wine aromas. In 2020 Cecilia studied for the globally recognized Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2, successfully passed with distinction. At present Cecilia leads wine courses for few American Military bases in Italy.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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