2013 St Mary Of Health Festival in Venice

Posted By: alessandra on November, 15 2013 in About Italy, Culture, Curiosity, Events, History, Itineraries, To see, Venice
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Born in 1631, the celebration of St Mary of Healt is one of the oldest and most important religious celebrations in Italy.

The event was created after the great plague epidemic that hit Northern Italy and consists in a pilgrimage to the Basilica Santa Maria della Luce.

From November 20th to 22nd, in order to facilitate the pilgrimage, a temporary wooden bridge is built on the Grand Canal that links Punta della Dogana to Santa Maria del Giglio.

A classical tradition of the event is “Castradina”, an old dish with roast leg of mutton in addition to the setting up of a vibrant market of sweets and toys.

The celebration of St Mary of Health is probably a great opportunity to visit Venice and take part in the traditions of this magnificent city!

If you wish to book a hotel in Venice or having further information about the city of Venice and its best events and traditions, please chech out our online travel guide About Venice.

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