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Festa di San Marco and Liberation Day
April 25, 2015
Saint Mark, Venice’s patron saint, is feted on this day with a gondoliers’ regatta, with commemorations of the saint at Saint Mark’s Basilica, and festivities inSaint Mark’s Square. Tradition also holds that the Saint Mark’s Day is the day on which men give their wives or girlfriends the “bocolo,” the bloom of the red rose.
The day also marks the anniversary that Venice and the rest of Italy was liberated at the end of World War II.