Get to know Venice:

The traditional “Festa della Sensa” in Venice is a celebration of the marriage between Venice and the Sea. This powerful allegory of the relationship between the city and the water, is an important reminder of the relationship with the local environment and ecosystem, especially in our contemporary days when they are threatened by human interests.
The day of la Sensa typically is made of two type of events. The first one, is a procession of traditional rowing boats, leaving from the Saint Mark Basin, and accompanying the majestuous boat in which the Doge back in time, the mayor today, waits to reach the Church of San Nicolo at the Lido, to throw a ring in the water as a symbol of Venice marrying the sea.