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    Festa della Salute 2018

    Date: 21 November 2018

    Every year, on November 21, takes place in Venice a holiday less known by tourists, dedicated especially to the locals, called Festa della Madonna della Salute or, shorter, Festa della Salute. The celebration has a strong religious character, taking the form of a pilgrimage that starts from San Marco, from the Church of Santa Maria del Giglio, and ends in Dorsoduro, at the Church of Santa Maria della Salute, crossing the Grand Canal on a votive bridge specially built on boats for this occasion.   SHORT HISTORY Like many other local holidays, Festa della Salute commemorates a painful moment in Venice’s history – the epidemic from 1630-1631. The disease had been brought from Mantova in June, by some ambassadors sent to ask for help, and spread rapidly throughout the city, killing over 47,000 people in about a year. In the autumn of 1630, scared by the number of deaths and by the inefficiency of medical methods attempted, the Venetians returned to faith. The Venetian Republic organized a three-day procession involving more than 10,000 people, during which Nicolò Contarini, the Doge of those times, invoked the help of the Virgin Mary and publicly promised to raise a church called Salute, if Read more [...]

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    Carnival of Venice 2019

    Date: 16 February 2019 - 5 March 2019

    The Carnival of Venice is one of the most beautiful carnivals in the world, taking place every year in January, February or even March, on the islands of the Venetian Lagoon. The Venice Carnival has become, in time, a great and spectacular tourist event, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world, who come to the city to participate in this festival considered unique for its history, atmosphere and masks.   SHORT HISTORY The first mention of the word carnevale (carnival) is in a document of the Doge Vitale Faliero, from 1094. The first official document declaring the Carnival of Venice as a public holiday is from 1296, when the Senate of the Republic set it before Lent. Starting with that moment, for the following centuries, the Carnival lasted six weeks, from December 26 to Ash Wednesday. In the 18th century, the Venice Carnival reaches its maximum splendor and international recognition, becoming famous and prestigious throughout the Europe, being a major tourist attraction, and Venice a destination coveted by thousands of visitors. From 1797, during the French occupation of Napoleon, and later, during the Austrian occupation, the tradition was interrupted for fear of rebellion of the Read more [...]

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    Venetian Feast on Water 2019

    Date: 16 February 2019 - 17 February 2019

    The Venetian Feast on Water (La Festa Veneziana sull’acqua) is, in fact, the Grand opening of the Venice Carnival 2019, stretched over two days, on 16th and 17th of February. On the 16th of february, the Cannaregio Canal, one of the main waterways of Venice, will turn into a water stage, with a show that will delight thousands of people, tourists and locals alike. The show, mysterious and colourful, will consist of aquatic performances, acrobatics, dance and music, celebrating, first of all, the water on which the city seems to float. On the 17th of February, the Venetian Feast on Water will continue with its second part, starting at 11.00 am, on the Grand Canal. On this occasion, a water parade will take place. The specific Venetian boats will sail along the most famous channel of Venice, from Punta della Dogana to the Cannaregio Canal. In Cannaregio, starting with 12.00 pm, you will find various stalls with traditional delicacies, venetian food specialities and wine. Booking.com

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    Festa delle Marie 2019

    Date: 23 February 2019

    Time: 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

    Festa delle Marie (Mary’s Feast) is a typical Venetian celebration held annually from the 9th century until 1379, when it was canceled. The feast was revived in recent years and is currently taking place during the Carnival of Venice.   SHORT HISTORY In the 9th century, the custom of blessing the girls who were going to get married appeared in Venice. The blessing took place in the Church of San Pietro di Castello and, on this occasion, were chosen the twelve most beautiful girls among the poorest families of the city, who were assigned to a rich Venetian family. The family gave them clothes, jewels and a dowry that they could be married. In the year 844, during the blessing held in the Church of San Pietro di Castello, a group of Dalmatian pirates kidnapped the girls, also taking possession of their jewelry. The Doge Pietro Tradonico organized the pursuit of the pirates and caught them near Caorle, freeing the girls and recovering their dowry. Returning to Venice, the Doge was welcomed with great enthusiasm, and to thank the Madonna for help, the Feast of the Marie was established. In those times, the feast lasted for many days, and included Read more [...]

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    Flight of the Angel 2019

    Date: 24 February 2019

    Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

    The Flight of the Angel (Volo dell’Angelo) is an event included in the Carnival of Venice, in which the beautiful girl who was chosen the previous year as Maria of the Carnival will fly along a cable from the St. Mark’s Campanile to the middle of the St. Mark’s Square.   SHORT HISTORY The tradition originated in the 16th century, when a Turkish acrobat descended from the belfry of St. Mark’s Campanile, to the balcony of the Doge’s Palace, paying homage to the Doge. After the success of this performance, it was decided that the moment would be repeated yearly, under the name of Svolo del Turco (The Flight of the Turk). At first, the flight was performed only by professional tightrope walkers. Later, after a man with angel wings descended from the bell tower, the event changed its name in Flight of the Angel. In 1759, when an acrobat fell to the ground among the crowd, the performance was forbidden and the acrobat was replaced by a large wooden dove. The dove, on its way down, would throw flowers and confetti. The name of the event was changed again in the Flight of the Dove. After the collapse of Read more [...]

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    Best Mask Contest 2019

    Date: 24 February 2019 - 3 March 2019

    Time: 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

    Best Mask Contest is a mask competition held every year on the occasion of the Carnival of Venice. In 2019, the competition will take place between February 24 and March 2, with the final on Sunday, March 3, when the winners will be announced. Starting with 24th of February, the competitors parade on stage will be held twice a day in St. Mark’s Square. The participants will challenge each other by masks and costumes, wigs, feathers and caps. On March 3, the final of the contest will be held in the same place, when a jury composed by experts will proclaim the 2 winners of the two categories – Best Masked Costume and Best Masked Costume according to the theme of the 2019 Carnival edition. On the final selection, will be found all the participants that have won the previous parades. On Monday, March 4, there will be two parades dedicated to kids. The participation is free and, if you want to compete in the Best Mask Contest, you will have to fill out the form that will be available starting with December 2018 on the official website of the Carnival. Booking.com

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    Venice Biennale 2019

    Date: 11 May 2019 - 24 November 2019

    The Venice International Art Exhibition, often called simply the Venice Biennale (La Biennale di Venezia), is one of the oldest, most important and prestigious international art exhibitions in the world.   SHORT HISTORY The Venice Biennale was born in 1895, in order to stimulate the artistic activity and the art market in Venice, from the initiative of a group of Venetian intellectuals led by the mayor of the time, Riccardo Selvatico, who, with the resolution of April 19, 1893, proposed to set up a biennial national artistic exhibition. The first editions were held in the Palazzo Pro Arte, then in the Italian Pavilion, and now in the Central Pavilion, near the Giardini della Biennale, in the Castello district. As early as 1907, a number of other buildings began to rise around the Palazzo Pro Arte, the National Pavilions, created by famous architects in the style of the most diverse world architectures. In 1930, the Biennale became an independent organization dedicated mainly to the promotion of new European artistic trends. In that same year, for the first time, the Contemporary Music Exhibition was held, followed two years later, in 1932, by the most important and famous film festival in the world Read more [...]

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    Festa della Sensa 2019

    Date: 1 June 2019 - 2 June 2019

    Festa della Sensa (Feast of the Ascension) is certainly one of the most evocative Venetian traditions, recalling important moments in the history of the Serenissima, through the ceremony of the Marriage of the Sea (Sposalizio del Mare) and the various regattas that takes place, on this occasion, in the Lagoon. Festa della Sensa is, without doubt, one of the most anticipated and appreciated events of the Venetian calendar, not only by tourists, but also by the inhabitants of the city.   SHORT HISTORY The feast was born on the day of the Ascension of Christ, to commemorate two very important moments in the history of Venice. The first event occurred on May 9, in the year 1000, when Doge Pietro Orseolo defeated the Slavs who threatened Dalmatia, allowing Venice to become, starting with that moment, the absolute power of the Adriatic Sea. The second event recalls the peace treaty signed in Venice in 1177, between the Doge Sebastiano Ziani, Emperor Frederick Barbarossa and Pope Alessandro III, which marked the end of the centuries-old conflict between the Empire and the Papacy. On this occasion, the Doge received gifts from the Pope and, at the same time, the recognition of Venice as Read more [...]

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    Festa del Redentore 2019

    Date: 20 July 2019 - 21 July 2019

    Festa del Redentore (Feast of the Redeemer) is one of the most beloved Venetian celebrations, held every year in Venice, in the third weekend of July. At first, Festa del Redentore was a purely religious feast, but, over time, profane elements found their place alongside religious manifestations, and today the event includes a party, a regatta and one of the most impressive firework display in the world.   SHORT HISTORY Between 1575 and 1577, Venice was hit by a merciless plague that killed about one-third of the city’s population. Due to the precarious conditions in which the people were living and to a high population density, the disease spread rapidly and was difficult to control. In 1576, the Venetian Senate decided to build a church dedicated to Jesus the Redeemer (Il Redentore), hoping to get rid of the disease. A year later, in July, the city was declared cured, and the Venetians initiated a new celebration called Festa del Redentore. Today, the feast takes place in the third weekend of July and, on this occasion, a bridge is built across the Giudecca Canal, between Zattere and the Giudecca Island, that people cross in a short pilgrimage to the church built Read more [...]