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Festivals in Venice - Italy

Ascension Day of Festa della Sensa  - Venice

Ascension Day of Festa della Sensa

This is the day on which the marriage between Venice and the sea is celebrated. Back in history the Doge would sail out on his ship named "Bucintoro" and throw into the sea a ring of gold. These days the ceremony has taken a simpler form, as the Mayor of Venice, civic dignitaries and religious and...

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Madonna della Salute - Venice

Madonna della Salute

Venice had been shaken by a terrible plague for two years from 1630-31. To remember its removal the beautiful and grand domed church of Salute was constructed.  Historians narrate that the city was saved because of the involvement of the Virgin Mary. Since then, every year in November the event is...

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Maratona - Venice


Usually held on the last Sunday of October, the October Maratona (Marathon) is held annually. It starts at Villa Pisani on the mainland and ends along the Zattere for a finish at the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute on the tip of Dorsoduro.  ...

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Palio of the Ancient Maritime Republics - Venice

Palio of the Ancient Maritime Republics

The Palio is an annual boat race between the four Italian Maritime Republics or 'Republiche Marinare' (Amalfi, Genova, Pisa, Venezia), that sailed the seas in the middle ages. It takes place on the Mediterranean sea at Amalfi and Genoa, on the Arno in Pisa and on the lagoon in Venice, to celebrate...

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Redentore - Venice


One of the most spectacular Venetian festivals is the Festa del Redentore because of the fireworks display and the hundreds of illuminated boats, decorated with boughs and coloured balloons, that congregate in Saint Mark's Basin. This festival is held on the third Saturday and Sunday in July and...

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Regata Storica - Venice

Regata Storica

Yet another festival celebrated on water in this city of canals, is the Regata Storica. It takes place on the waters of the Grand Canal on the first Sunday in September.  Venetians started holding this festival way back in 1315 with the Doge Giovanni Soranzo to celebrate the glory of the...

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Saint Mark's day  - Venice

Saint Mark's day

On the 25th of April the feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist is celebrated by Venetian men by presenting a long stemmed red rose called the 'Bòcolo' to their beloved. The unique tradition is kept alive by the Venetians by celebrating this feast each year with a lot of verve. ...

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The Carnival of Venice - Venice

The Carnival of Venice

On the Carnival of Venice (Carnevale di Venezia), held annually, Venetians put on elaborate masks and costumes and turn the streets into a huge party. The carnival starts around two weeks before Ash Wednesday and ends on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday.  According to historical...

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