On the day of Sensa (Ascension) the historic "Marriage of the sea" is celebrated, in memory of the conquest of Dalmatia by Venetian ships headed by the doge Pietro Orseolo II in 999. This feast is a thousand years old; it is one of the oldest Venetian festivals.

It represented an important conquest because with it Venice freed the Upper Adriatic from piracy by starting to be the queen of this sea.

It was immediately decreed that every year, on the day of Sensa, the Doge and the bishop should go out of the Lido harbor to bless the water. Later, in 1177, Pope Alexander III gave the Doge Sebastiano Ziani a gold ring in gratitude for the help he had in reconciling the emperor Federico Barbarossa, recognizing the sovereignty of the sea over the Serenissima. From that moment on, the centuries-old tradition of the "Marriage of the sea" began, the mystical union of Venice with the sea.

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