Festa della Salute is probably the least touristy of the Venetian
festivities and evokes strong religious feelings among the citys inhabitants.
The holiday is, like the Redentore, in memory of another bout of pestilence, which
lasted for two years from 1630-31, and the subsequent vow by the Doge to obtain
the intercession of the Virgin Mary. Even today, thousands of inhabitants visit
the main altar of the imposing Salute Church on November 21 to give thanks, and
a strong symbolic tie remains between the city and the Virgin Mary.