A mixture of sacred and profane
Those who happen to be in Venice during the ‘Festa della Madonna della Salute’ (instituted by the Republic of Venice in 1630) will find themselves immersed in an atmosphere of profound folkloristic and religious devotion. Each year, to mark the occasion, a temporary bridge, resting on barges, is set up. The bridge crosses over the Grand Canal and connects the area of San Moisè and Santa Maria del Giglio to the Basilica designed by Longhena, to allow those participating in the procession to access the majestic church of the Madonna della Salute. A perfect meld of religion and folklore, the event is enhanced by the presence of vendors selling local sweet treats and souvenirs.
OPENING DAYS AND HOURS
There are several events happening every day during the feast in different hours. The most important event is the pilgrimage on the suspended bridge, happening on 21 November. On that day, every hour a mass is celebrated in the church, from dawn until sunset.