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    San Martin's day, the favorite tradition of Venice's children - Venezia Autentica | Discover and Support the Authentic Venice -

    San Martin’s day, the favorite tradition of Venice’s children

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    San Martino, the 11th of November, is a day dear to the venetians, and especially to the youngest ones who can be found walking around the city in groups, singing, hitting pots and pans to celebrate the saint.

    This important festival in Venice has a long tradition.The cult goes back to the VIII century, time when the church of Saint Martin was founded in Castello, perhaps by refugees from the city of Ravenna, known for their devotion to the saint.

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    The Festa della Madonna della Salute on the 21st of November is a religious day but also an official holiday of the city.

    La Festa della Salute, the day Venice celebrates the end of a tragic plague

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    The festa della Madonna della Salute, or Virgin Mary of Health, is a holiday that was instituted in 1630 and has been celebrated solemnly until the end of the venetian republic in 1796. It takes place on the 21st of November and is still being spontaneously celebrated in Venice as well as in many other cities which were part of the Venetian Republic, outside of Italy.

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    Walking around Venice Arsenal at night hasn't always been that safe - Venezia Autentica | Discover and Support the Authentic Venice -

    Walking around Venice Arsenal at night hasn’t always been that safe

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    In November 1719, after two very stormy days, two devastated bodies were found close to the Arsenal. The police first thought about an attack of big animals from the neighbourhood, but had to exclude the hypothesis as no evidence was found.

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