Venice and the Rialto Market: History, Symbols, and Local Flavors with Cecilia Sitran - Context Travel

Venice and the Rialto Market: History, Symbols, and Local Flavors with Cecilia Sitran


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The historic Rialto market is the culinary, economic, and social heart of Venetian life, where locals buy their seafood, meat, and produce daily amid the colorful stalls that line the Grand Canal. Join food expert and sommelier Cecilia Sitran to learn about the Rialto Market, the historic hub of trading and commerce in Venice. We’ll learn about the evolution of the market, hear about seasonal ingredients, local wines and also get to know some typical recipes.

An important market since its origins over one thousand years ago, Rialto Market is still an active and busy daily trading spot. Strategically located along the Grand Canal and at the foot of the Rialto Bridge, the market is still divided as it has been for centuries with specific areas for fish, produce, meat and spices. Surrounded by small shops and wine bars, it is also a gathering place for locals and tourists alike.

In this seminar, we will learn about several simple but delicious local recipes made with fresh regional ingredients from the land and the sea. We will discover the tradition of sipping an ombra, what Venetians call a very small glass of wine in the local dialect, which is enjoyed with a variety of tasty snacks known as cicchetti.

Led by a food expert and sommelier, Cecilia Sitran, this interactive seminar will focus on Venetian culinary history and traditions. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with increased curiosity about traditional dishes from the Venetian lagoon and how to pair them with local wines.

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 not suitable for children under age 16

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Venetian specialities

Loved being at the Rialto Market and learning about its history and vendors. Am looking forward to the cichetti experience when I return to Venice.

J
J.R.
Venice Realto - Great talk

I really enjoyed Cecilia’s talk. Just the right mix of history of the area along with illustrations and info on the fresh produce we can find there today and it’s provenance.
You really feel her attachment to culinary Venice. I’m waiting for news on her wine talk, would love to join.

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L.T.
Venice and the Rialto Market

This was a wonderful seminar, Cecilia was charming and provided an informative survey of Venice and the canals along with detailed information of the Rialto Market and food available in Venice. Her slides were excellent. We would love to take a tour with her sometime in person.

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S.G.
A Delightful Tour of the Rialto

On this wonderful tour of the Rialto area of Venice, we learned of its historical significance, exploring interesting sites before entering the Rialto Market. At the market, we were introduced to seasonal fruits, vegetables and fish and we were even given a few recipe ideas along the way. Cecilia's research and visuals added so much to this tour. A wonderful seminar!

C
C.
Very informative and enjoyable

. Cecilia's well informed and well presented seminar makes me want to visit. I enjoyed hearing stories about her Venetian grandparents. She is a fun and engaging presenter.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
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C
C.
Venetian specialities

Loved being at the Rialto Market and learning about its history and vendors. Am looking forward to the cichetti experience when I return to Venice.

J
J.R.
Venice Realto - Great talk

I really enjoyed Cecilia’s talk. Just the right mix of history of the area along with illustrations and info on the fresh produce we can find there today and it’s provenance.
You really feel her attachment to culinary Venice. I’m waiting for news on her wine talk, would love to join.

L
L.T.
Venice and the Rialto Market

This was a wonderful seminar, Cecilia was charming and provided an informative survey of Venice and the canals along with detailed information of the Rialto Market and food available in Venice. Her slides were excellent. We would love to take a tour with her sometime in person.

S
S.G.
A Delightful Tour of the Rialto

On this wonderful tour of the Rialto area of Venice, we learned of its historical significance, exploring interesting sites before entering the Rialto Market. At the market, we were introduced to seasonal fruits, vegetables and fish and we were even given a few recipe ideas along the way. Cecilia's research and visuals added so much to this tour. A wonderful seminar!

C
C.
Very informative and enjoyable

. Cecilia's well informed and well presented seminar makes me want to visit. I enjoyed hearing stories about her Venetian grandparents. She is a fun and engaging presenter.