Read our blog post Festa della Salute, and see the latest images on Instagram (this link also works for those of you who don’t have an Instagram account). Join celebrations on the Basilica’s Homepage.
There is one day of the year, when Venetians reconnect with the past, and when for a week or so, a fifth bridge spans the Grand Canal. This day brings back collective memories of hardship long past. The ponton bridge is called “Ponte della Salute”, on which Venetians are crossing the Grand Canal to reach the basilica and celebrate La Festa della Salute. They are praying for the health of their city, for their families and loved ones. This feast has been celebrated since 1630, and to us Venetians, it is dearer than “Christmas and Easter together”. So yes, this is a special day, and a special week: The Feast doesn’t end on 21 November, and it starts a few days before. Take a look at the video below, showing you the components of the Feast. It’s a new video, broadcast on an Italian TV station on 21 November 2018.
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