The Feast-day of the Madonna della Salute is really special for me; there are many reasons why… and of course not only because it’s a day-off.
My parents got married in the Salute Church (nowadays it’s no longer allowed) and when I was a young girl, every time I passed close to this fascinating building my aunt used to tell me the story of this building: in 1630-31 Venice was suffering from a plague and the Doge prayed to the Virgin for help and he promised to build a Church to give thanks.
Even today, on the 21st of November thousands of Venetians cross the votive bridge (built for this purpose) and light a candle in the Salute Church to thank the Virgin. Just outside the Church food stalls with sweets and donuts and balloons liven up the surroundings and give another reason to love this tradition.
It is really worth it to take a walk on that side of Grand Canal to breathe in the spiritual atmosphere and the funny side, all in the same place. For one day, you go back to your childhood.