One of the most important celebrations in Venice, the Feast of Saint Mark honours the city’s Patron Saint with a religious procession to the Basilica. The day commemorates the arrival of the remains of the saint from Egypt, smuggled to the city by two Venetian merchants. The day is also known as the rosebud festival and is a time when men traditionally give a rosebud to the woman who has captured their heart. The Venetians celebrate with a Mass in the morning followed by a street party which goes on to the early hours of the next day. There is also a competitive boat race, the Regata di Traghetti, with gondolas racing to St. Mark’s Pier.
The Festa di San Marco, of Feast of Saint Mark, takes place in Venice on 25th April 2017. St. Mark’s Square is the main base for the festivities, although there’ll be late opening and special events happening all over the city. Check out the official Venice Tourist Board website for more information. If you’d like to go to Venice for the Festa, fly into Venice International Airport. While you’re in Venice, use the vaporetto canal system to get from A to B. One-way tickets cost around €7 and you can buy passes here.
The romantic tradition of giving a rosebud to the woman you love stems from a tale from the eighth century. As the legend goes, a working class man fell in love with a woman from the aristocracy. In order to impress her father, he went to war in a foreign land. He was seriously wounded and, as he lay dying, he managed to pick a single rosebud for his true love which he entrusted his friend to deliver to the noblewoman. In honour of this act, Venetian men traditionally give a single stem to their women on 25th April.
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If you’re travelling to Venice for the festival, you’ll find plenty of things to see and do in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, such as: Doges' Palace, Canal Grande and Basilica di San Marco.
To find out more information about the festival, please check out the Tourist Board’s official website where you’ll be able to download the complete festival programme and find out more about the history of this important festival.