On November 21 in the city of Venice the feast of the Madonna della Salute is celebrated, established by the Venetian Republic in 1630 on the occasion of the liberation of the city of Venice from the plague.
In 1687 the Basilica of the Madonna della Salute was consecrated, an “ex voto” for the end of the epidemic and a symbol of the rebirth of Venice. The building, with its dome and large volutes, is one of the masterpieces of Baldassarre Longhena, a genius of the Italian Baroque.
For more than three hundred years the Basilica has characterized the scenery of the San Marco basin and is the destination of the pilgrimage of thousands of citizens who on this date go to light a candle to the Madonna, crossing the Grand Canal thanks to a suggestive bridge made of boats set up to the occasion.
This year the Feast of the Madonna della Salute will take place next Monday. The Basilica will be open from 06:00 to 22:30 to allow all the faithful to go there despite their daily commitments.
The church of the Madonna della Salute can also be reached from the mainland. With our All Inclusive service you can park and board the Pink Line which connects San Giuliano to Fondamente Nove via water from 09:00 to 18:30 (by booking online you will access the discounted rate). With a 20-minute walk and crossing the Votive Bridge, you will comfortably arrive at the Basilica.