Saint Marco’s Party

Saint Marco’s Party

The traditional feast day of Venice’s patron saint is a surprisingly low-key affair. In the morning, there is a

solemn Mass in the basilica, followed by a gondola regatta between the island of Sant’Elena and the Punta

della Dogana at the entrance to the Grand Canal. The day is also known as La Festa del boccolo (‘bud’): red

rosebuds are given to wives and lovers.

 

Where Bacino di San Marco, the island of Sant’Elena and the Punta della Dogana.

When 25 April