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.

  • €24,00

    95 pages, photo walk, 20 recipes, video guides

    Purchase now

Thanksgiving and autumn in Venice 

Discover autumn vibes, autumn comfort food, and 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. Everyone in Venice loosk forward to November 21, when this quiet feast is celebrated in the Basilica della Salute overlooking the Grand Canal. Venetians have been celebrating since 1631, when another pandemic had just abated.

Health regained

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 severe health crisis, during which more than one third of the population in the Lagoon had died.

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. Your book has been the most perfect companion and will help me recall this beautiful day in Venice! Thank you La Venessiana for creating and sharing it! - Susanne H.

What's inside: 2 e-books, virtual walk, food guide, Autumn in Venice  guide

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 the recipes!

Part 2: Virtual visit to the Basilica and Salute Fair

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 3: 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.

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Message from Iris + Lina

  2. 2
    • Five secrets about gardens in Venice you should know before visiting

    • Virtual Walk 1: The Bohemian gardens of Venice

    • Virtual walk 2: The Seven Islands and a visit to San Francesco della Vigna

    • Virtual walk 3: Il Prosecco di Sant'Erasmo

    • Virtual walk 4: Wine country in the Lagoon: Mazzorbo, Santa Cristina, Ammiana, Le Vignole

  3. 3
    • Download the book - Edition 2020

    • Read the book online

    • Updates for 21 November 2020

    • The video guides: Thanksgiving in Venice

  4. 4
    • The fifth season in Venice

    • Ognissanti - All Saints day in Venice + Menu

    • Dosa calda: A warming winter drink from the Lagoon

    • Celebrating San Martino in the Lagoon

    • Our Thanksgiving Menu

    • Making pumpkin soup, Venetian style

  5. 5
    • Bonus: Access the Venice Community

    • Resource list: Thanksgiving and Autumn in Venice

    • The real retreat ..

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.

  • €24,00

    95 pages, photo walk, 20 recipes, video guides

    Purchase now