Festa della Salute - Thanksgiving in Venice

Our Venetian Thanksgiving: All about the best-loved feast in Venice, celebrated on 21 November. Soul food recipes, traditional menu, virtual market walk, cooking for the feast, and the historical background.

Festa della Salute - Thanksgiving in Venice

Our Venetian Thanksgiving: All about the best-loved feast in Venice, celebrated on 21 November. Soul food recipes, traditional menus, market walk, cooking for the feast and the unknown facets of its historical background.



This is the true story of a QUIET DAY ILLUMINATED BY HUNDREDS OF LONG WHITE CANDLES. 

And in 2020, the ancient Venetian feast, remembering challenging times and their solutions applied in the past, is more relevant than ever.

Health Regained - remembering

On 21 November, a Votive Bridge spans the Grand Canal, as Venetians celebrate their most loved and in a way, most important feast of the year: LA FESTA DELLA MADONNA DELLA SALUTE. A special Thanksgiving, as we celebrate la salute (health) and how the city overcame one of its three testing episodes in history: A health crisis, so very similar to ours, in 2020.

THIS IS A QUIET AND FESTIVE DAY, ILLUMINATED BY THOUSANDS OF LONG WHITE CANDLES.

This e-book is the most beautiful souvenir of my recent stay in Venice! It's informative and filled with delicious recipes, striking images and stories I never knew and haven't seen anywhere else. There are even all the ORIGINAL recipes! Your book has been the most perfect companion and will help me recall this beautiful day in Venice forever! Thank you La Venessiana for creating and sharing it!

Susan H.

What's inside: e-book + virtual walk

Part One: The history. How Venice overcame the health crisis.

What REALLY happened in 1630/31, and how Venice mastered the crisis. How patients were treated and the original recipes of 1630, by Alvise Zen, a physician who assisted the patients on the island Lazzaretto Vecchio. You will want to know more about these recipes, they work wonders in case you catch cold or the flu. And then, it's time to prepare for the feast. Join us virtually and see the market, the menu and all the recipes!

Part Two: 21 November: Virtual visit to the Basilica and Fiera della Salute

Our visit to the Basilica, the votive bridge, the white candles (ceri), the trabacolo boats, dosa calda, torta greca, Fiera della Salute (Culinary fair), and a walk towards the Piazza via Academica Bridge. Sweet treats and snack tips along the way!

Part Three: 21 November: Thanksgiving Lunch and Dinner

Traditional Venetian thanksgiving menu + all the recipes for you. Where and what to eat for lunch and dinner in Venice, including gluten free menus.

Festa della Salute - Thanksgiving in Venice

Our Venetian Thanksgiving: All about the best-loved feast in Venice, celebrated on 21 November. Soul food recipes, traditional menu, virtual market walk, cooking for the feast, and the historical background.