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Festa del Bocolo

April 25

La Festa del Boccolo di San Marco has its roots in a historical fact that really happened. According to the tradition, on 25th April, men should give a red rose to the beloved woman.

Vulcana belonged to a very famous Venetian family. She fell in love with Tancredi, a troubadour. Their love was a contrast, because Vulcana’s family did not consider the young Tancredi worthy of her. For this reason, Vulcana convinced Tancredi to enlist in the troops of the Emperor Charlemagne and leave for the war against the Moors of Spain.

Tancredi left and distinguished himself for his value and courage, so much so that the fame of his exploits reached Venice, reassured Vulcana, who waited for the return of his hero to be able to finally marry him. But Tancredi, wounded to death during the battle, died over a rose garden, dyeing it red with his blood.

With his last forces, he picked up a bud and entrusted it to Orlando, asking him to take it to Vulcana together with his last words of love.

As soon as he returned home, Orlando went to Venice and delivered the flower to Vulcana. It was San Marco’s day. Vulcana would have died that same night, with the flower clenched to her chest.

Even today it is said that the ghost of Vulcana, on St Mark’s Day, April 25th, is still wandering around Venice, diaphanous presence without color, except for that red flower narrow to the chest …


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Piazza San Marco
Venezia, Italy
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