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Festa della Salute

21 Novembre – Madonna della Salute

21 Novembre Festa della Salute

Every year on November 21st, here in Venice, we celebrate the Madonna della Salute (Our Lady of Health). The event dates back to the Xviith century, the Basilica was built as a tribute to the Virgin Mary – as a sign of gratitude for the end of the terrible plague of 1630.

Venetians pay tribute to the Madonna and pray together. Unfortunately, this year, due to Covid emergency, the traditional mobile pontoon that connects the two banks on the Grand Canal was not put in use, but people can still visit the Church and attend mass.

The icon of the Madonna Mesopanditissa – Mediator of Peace – was brought to Venice from Crete (Candia) by the Doge Morosini in 1670.

It is a very religious festival, still in use in these days, dedicated to all those who suffer.

Ogni anno, il 21 Novembre, qui a Venezia, celebriamo la Madonna della Salute. L’evento risale al Xvii secolo – la Basilica venne costruita come tributo alla Vergine Madre – in segno di gratitudine per la fine della terribile peste del 1630.

I Veneziani rendono omaggio alla Madonna e pregano insieme. Sfortunatamente, quest’anno, a causa dell’emergenza Covid, non è stato messo il tradizionale pontile mobile che collega le due sponde sul Canal Grande, ma le persone possono comunque visitare la Chiesa ed andare a messa.

Nel 1670 il Doge Morosini portò a Venezia da Creta (Candia) l’icona della Madonna Mesopanditissa – Mediatrice di Pace.

Una festa molto religiosa, ancora in uso in questi tempi, dedicata a tutte le persone che soffrono.

Pietro Negri – La Madonna salva Venezia dalla peste – part. 1673

Save the dates

Things to ponder before planning a visit

It might be busy on the following dates, you’re strongly advised to book in advance.

Carnival time, immediately before the Christian celebration of Lent, forty days before Easter, ending on Shrove Tuesday (Martedì Grasso).

25th April San Marco, Festa del bòcolo (Feast of the rosebud)

Venice’s patron saint, St. Mark. Men traditionally give a single rosebud to the women they love. Just to give you an idea, look what they have organised last year.

25th April Liberation Day

Anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the end of the Nazi occupation of the country.

La Biennale di Venezia

International Art Exhibition, held every odd-numbered year from May to November. If you enjoy art, this is a must-see.

Festa della Sensa (Feast of the Ascension, Sensa in the Venetian language)

May 8th 2016 /May 9th 2016

May 25th 2017

Celebrated by the Republic of Venice, it commemorated two specific historical events; the first occurred on May 9th 1000, when the Doge Pietro II Orseolo rescued the denizens of Dalmatia imperiled by the Slavs. The second event took place in 1177 when the Doge Sebastiano Ziani, Pope Alexander III and the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick Barbarossa agreed to the Treaty of Venice which ended the long standing differences between the Pontificate and the Holy Roman Empire.

The ceremony of the Marriage of the Sea is a vital part of the festival. The Mayor of Venice takes on the traditional role performed by the Doge.

Festa del Redentore 

It takes place the third Sunday of July, commemorating Venice’s deliverance from plague, back in 1576. It’s one one the most suggestive events to see.

Mostra Internazionale del Cinema, Venice International Film Festival

It takes place in late August or early September on the island of the Lido, Venice, Italy. The 72nd Festival starts September 2nd and ends September 12th. More info here.

Regata Storica (Regattas)

It’s held on the Grand Canal on the first Sunday in September.

November 21st Festa della Salute

It marks the end of the 1630 pestilence. The beautiful church, located on the Punta della Salute, was built as a sign of gratitude to the Virgin Mary. The project is by Baldassarre Longhena. It’s a religious feast, attended mainly by locals.

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