Sposalizio del Mare

Sposalizio del Mare was established to celebrate the victory of the Venetian fleet against pirates. At first it was very simple ceremony, a few boats and ships would head towards the opening of the port and the bishop would bless the sea to express their gratitude. After the “Peace in Venice” the ceremony was transformed into the “Sposalizio del Mare” a ritual wedding of Venice with the sea in which a golden ring is dropped into the sea by a Dodge from a boat. This ceremony is still celebrated til this day the mayor and patriarch take part in the very same ceremony, surrounded by historical boats.


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