The Festa del Redentore
The Festa del Redentore is Venice’s most cherished festival, together with the Festa della Madonna della Salute. Both festivals are linked to the ex-voto celebrations that marked the end of plagues that threatened Venice between the 16th and 17th centuries. The Redentore will be celebrated, as it is every year, on the third weekend of July, which falls on 20 and 21 for the year 2019. The Feast of the Redeemer is a celebration that everyone should experience at least once, with a fabulous fireworks show and a magical atmosphere that permeates the entire city.
The fireworks last 40 minutes, starting at 11.30 pm in the San Marco Basin. From here, the fireworks are launched towards the sky and into the water with spectacular effects that are only possible in Venice. The show is visible from all over the city, but Venetians traditionally enjoy it from the water. All kinds of boats crowd the San Marco Basin and the Giudecca Canal, which passes in front of the votive church dedicated to Cristo Redentore (Christ the Redeemer), a magnificent example of Renaissance architecture by Palladio.
During the Festa del Redentore, the church is connected to the opposite bank of the Zattere by the votive bridge, which offers visitors a unique view of Zattere and Giudecca while also serving as a pilgrimage for those gathering in religious celebration.