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In Venice for the Festa della Sensa

1 June 2019

The shouts of the oarsmen mingle with the strokes of the clock tower and the rumble of the jet skis. Some kayaks stand out among the traditional festively decorated and adorned gondolas. It is the procession for the Festa della Sensa. On a clear warm Spring morning the calm waters that caress Piazza San Marco is chock-full with boats.

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Venice repeats this thousand year old nuptial with the sea which takes place on 8th May in 2016. The procession departs from the most famous piazza in the world and crosses the lagoon to the Bocca Porta del Lido (mouth of the Lido) on the Sunday after Ascension Day (“Sensa” in Venetian).