On 21 November 2018
The Feast of the Salute is surely a less touristy event compared to the Feast of the Redeemer. However, this is a celebration that still evokes today strong religious feelings amidst the Venetians. Similarly to the Redeemer Feast (Redentore), the Salute Feast commemorates the ending of the 1630-31 plague and the Doge’s vow for the intercession of the Virgin Mary.
Today, thousands of inhabitants visit the main altar on 21 November, creating a magic atmosphere where the Venetians strengthen their relationship with the Virgin Mary. It is surely one of the most sincere events happening in town and it is closely connected to the history of the city and Italy’s strong bond to religious festivities. Every year a temporary bridge is built on boats crossing the Grand Canal and connecting San Moisè, S. Maria del Giglio, and Basilica Longhena. Flocks of local people make this pilgrimage and light a candle as a homage to the Holy Virgin to keep them in good health. All around are stalls selling local products, sweets, and the local dish for the occasion: the castradina, mutton meat cooked with onions, wine, and cabbage. Holy Masses are celebrated every hour from 6am to 8pm at the Basilica della Salute, the church built to cherish the ending of the plague, in the sestiere of Dorsoduro. At 10 the Mass is celebrated by the Patriarch of Venice.
The event is free
OPENING DAYS AND HOURS
From 6am to 8pm