A meld of religion and traditional entertainment
Today Venice serves as a backdrop to the celebrations to commemorate the city’s deliverance from the plague in the 16th century with a celebration known as the ‘Festa del Redentore’ or ‘Feast of the Redeemer’. This religious holiday and spectacular event is much loved by the people of Venice.
13 July 2018
At 8:30pm, you can assist to the free concert happening at the Chiesa del Redentore (Giudecca island) sacred music by Ensemble Musica Venezia, playing G.F. Händel, A. Vivaldi, DA. Stradella, and D. Gallo.
14 July 2018
The highlight of the event – held on Saturday night at 11.30pm – is a fireworks display that attracts thousands of spectators. The Feast of the Redeemer kicks off at 7pm with the opening of the pontoon bridge connecting the Zattere to the Church of the Redeemer on the Island of Giudecca, and the presentation of the Venetian regatta boat crews.
Starting from 10am, you could also visit the exhibition organized at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia (see here) to discover the origins and the traditions of this Venetian celebration.
Starting from 3pm/8pm, pedestrians will be forbidden to access some areas of the city for safety reasons (e.g. Calle del Ridotto, Calle dei Tredici Martiri, Calle Barozzi, Calle Seconda de l’Ascension, Fondamenta del Fontegheto, Ponte de l’Accademia dei Pittori, the area of the Giardini Reali, Ponte della Zecca, Palazzo della Zecca, the area near the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana)
15 July 2018
The Regattas of the Redeemer are held on Sunday in the Giudecca Canal, as follows:
- 4pm for the pupparini boat – young rowers (see a YT video of last year’s edition)
- 4.45pm pupparini boat – adults
- 5.30pm for the gondolas
the event ends at 7pm with a Votive Mass at the Church of the Redeemer on the Island of Giudecca.
Those who wish to enjoy an unforgettable experience can book a table at the spectacular Terrazza Danieli (c/o) Hotel Danieli) on the evening of 14 July, to admire a magnificent display of fireworks reflected in the water of the Lagoon. Watching this spectacular display from the terrace, while enjoying a fantastic six-course menu designed specifically for the event is an unforgettable experience.
>> Find all information on the official website (in Italian only)
OPENING DAYS AND HOURS
The event is traditionally scheduled the third Saturday and Sunday of July and lasts from 4pm of the Saturday to 7pm of Sunday.