San Martino, on 11th November and the Madonna della Salute, on 21st, are two important feasts to rejoice to experience the city as a local.
The Feast of St Martin is celebrated with a traditional sweet biscuit pastry representing St. Martin on horseback with his sword, while children go around to “batter sanmartin” or “to beat St. Martin” singing a nursery rhyme in exchange for sweets or coins. Do you want to prepare the traditional sweet ?
The Madonna della Salute is probably the least touristy of the Venetian festivities and is still a choral expression of the city’s religious spirit . The Basilica was erected, following the vote made by the Doge to eradicate the terrible plague of 1630, and dedicated to Santa Maria della Salute. From that 21st November the church was known as Madonna della Salute – Our Lady of good Health – both in the physical and spiritual sense.
Venetians’ Week, from 16th to 21st November, free entrance to Peggy Guggenheim Collection for residents of the Venice metropolitan area, on the occasion of the festivity of the Madonna della Salute, upon presentation of an ID or a Venezia Unica card. Entrance to the museum does not require reservation. For security reasons, access will be contingent.
November 21st is a Wednesday, so like every Wednesday for the residents of the metropolitan area, free entry to Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana.