Salute Festival

A popular festival of Venice

The history of the Salute Festival of Venice is somehow similar to that of the Redeemer: in 1630 Venice was hit again by the plague, and the Doge vowed to build a church dedicated to the Virgin if she would have stopped the diffusion of the disease.
So the Basilica of Salute (of the Health in English) was built, andĀ 
the end of the epidemic is still celebratedĀ today on 21 of November: a floating wooden bridge is constructed between Salute church and the opposite side of the Grand Canal (not far from Saint Mark’s square), and locals celebrate the Salute Festival by walking on this bridge and by eating a special spicy dish called castradina.