The Festa della Salute is probably the least “touristy”
of the Venetian festivities and evokes strong religious feelings among
the city’s inhabitants.
The holiday is, like the Redentore,
in memory of another bout of pestilence, which lasted for two years
from 1630-31, and the subsequent vow by the Doge to obtain the intercession
of the Virgin Mary.
Even today, thousands of inhabitants visit the main altar of the
imposing Salute Church on November 21 to give thanks, and a strong
symbolic tie remains between the city and the Virgin Mary.