Fête of the Madonna of Health

The symbols of this event, whose spirit, born out of an ancient tradition, it is still possible to perceive, are a floating bridge on boats, facilitating arrivals from the Saint Mark area; a solemn Mass celebrated by the Patriarch of Venice plus a ritual which is dear to the Venetians, the lighting of a votive candle.

For this occasion, one may visit the seventeenth-century basilica to admire the famous “Black Madonna”, which has been located on the main altar since 1669 and the extraordinary artworks housed here; browse among the crowded stalls set up in the area, or go for a walk in the neighbourhood towards the suggestive Punta della Dogana or the Zattere embankment, perhaps to search in some taverns for the speciality of this period, the castradina mutton.

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