The Venice Marathon takes place on the fourth Sunday in October, it is a spectacular competitive race for the uniqueness of the location. The competition, open to professional athletes, attracts sportsmen from around the world, the route is 42 kilometers long and 195 meters, starts at Stra on the Brenta Riviera, where there is the spectacular homonymous Venetian villa, it runs along the Riviera, along magnificent Palladian villas, and finally arrives in Venice, where there is the finish line in Riva Sette Martiri, near San Marco Square.
The Historical Regatta is a parade of boats sixteenth century, headed by the Bucintoro, an ancient ducal ship used to celebrate the ritual of marriage to the sea, all passengers of the boats wear historical costumes. The event takes place on the first Sunday of September and is considered one of the most characteristic events of the town, probably the most spectacular event among those that characterize the city of Venice.
After the parade there is the competitive race with different races divided according to boat type. Each boat has a different color representing each one a single area of Venice.
So as the Church of the Redeemer also the Salute Church was commissioned, under the will of the Doge, dedicated to Our Lady, as a vote due to the appearance of the plague in Venice in 1630. At a time when the plague began to disappear from Venice, it was built the Salute church of Our Lady and so on November 21 of each year, even today is set up a pontoon bridge over the Grand Canal to allow the Venetians the pilgrimage to the church. On this occasion the Venetians bring to Our Lady, in thanksgiving and as a prayer, a candle is lit to interior of the church.
April 25, Venice celebrates the feast of St. Mark, the patron saint of the city. On the day it takes place a religious procession with destination the Basilica of San Marco. The San Marco square is festively decorated and the windows of the New Procuratie are exposed 105 hand-painted tapestries by the artist Sandrafiore Alessandri. The participation of the Venetians for this event is great because the Venetian story goes that just the Evangelist Mark, while he was alive, he would have evangelized the region and thus became the patron and emblem of the city in the shape of a winged lionwielding a sword and holds in his paws a book on whose open pages reads: “Pax Tibi Marce Evangelista Meus”, “Peace to you oh Mark My Evangelist.” Tradition has it that on this day the Venetian gift to a woman loved “bocolo,” a rosebud, to symbolize their love.
By the Serenissima Republic time the feast of Sensa is one of the most important events taking place in Venice. It is a religious festival, connected to the day of Christ’s ascension to heaven (the seventh Sunday after Easter), on this day, we celebrate the marriage of Venice to the sea. The first to inaugurate the tradition was the Doge Pietro Orsoleo around the year 1000. The event includes that, even today, the Patriarch of Venice and city authorities on board the Bucintoro (the famous Venetian ship) from the pier of San Marco, and to be directed to the church of San Nicolò on the Lido where, joined the procession, they throw at sea a laurel wreath and a ring reciting the words “we get married you, oh sea, effectively and perpetual dominion sign”.
The Feast of the Redeemer is one of the most felt by the Venetians events. The tradition includes two days of festivities on the third weekend of July, begins on Saturday evening with the appointment boat near the San Marco dock, where all citizens in the boats are organized to dine with typical Venetian dishes waiting all along the pyrotechnic show that lasts about one hour in the night between Saturday and Sunday. The Sunday, take place,again in the dock of San Marco, the regattas of typical boats, in addition to the solemn celebration in the Church of the Redeemer, a magnificent work by Palladio, built between 1577 and 1592, the church built on Giudecca island that only for those two days is connected with a bridge of boats, with rafts.
Carnival is one of the festivals most attractive and charm of Venice, its origins date back to the eleventh century, when it gave space to the representations of comedies in the theaters and to the preparation of stages in the fields, in particular in the Riva degli Schiavoni which was invaded by acrobats and street actors, citizens wore costumes and masks, hiding their identities canceling so ‘social classes and religions, taking on a new appearance, people could be what’ they wanted. It was in the age of Goldoni and Casanova that Carnival reached its maximum splendor. The festivals, performances, masks, theaters, house. Public game transformed the city into a magnet of Europe. The festivities lasted months. To see there are parties that organize outdoors in various squares or those at the Palace, the Festival of Marie, the Angel Flight, the Regatta of the masks. Today the carnival event lasts ten days, during the month of February, the show confirmed its international reputation and the peak days the turnout in the city of tourists and curious exceeds one hundred thousand visitors.
The Vogalonga is an event that takes place in early May, was born in the seventies, as a protest by a group of Venetian rowing passionate, to raise awareness among citizens the problem of wave motion in Venice, on this occasion we are reminded of the traditions rowing of the Serenissima. During the period of this whole day traveling for only rowboats channels, thus eliminating the water traffic and noise pollution caused by motor boats. It is a non-competitive race open to everybody with hundreds of boats covering a distance of 32 kilometers. This event is followed very well by foreigners and in recent years has also allowed the revival of local handicrafts of the restoration and construction of boats that was disappearing.
The Palio of the Ancient Maritime Republics is a race that is held between the four ancient cities which shared the supremacy in the seas of southern Europe: Amalfi, Genoa, Pisa and, of course, Venice. Begun in 1954 and is held alternately by the four cities to commemorate the events of the four Republics, whose fleets dominated the Mediterranean in the Middle Ages. The Palio is preceded by a parade with flags, trumpets and drums, in which each “Republic” remembers the important events of their maritime history.