I think that Redentore (Redeemer’s Day) was the first big Venetian festivity that I experienced here in the laguna (well, apart the Carnival) and I still remember how impressed I was because of the huge masses of people filling the fondamenta and the calli on this day! (Not that Venice ever lacks visitors … 😉 )
Redentore in Fondamenta
In case you wonder what “Redentore” is all about and why it’s such an important tradition in Venice: “Redentore” means “Redeemer” and the “Redeemer’s Day” is held every year on the third week end of July to celebrate the end of the black death in the 16th century (1577) and the construction of the homonymous church (Chiesa del Redentore).
People have the possibility to cross the Giudecca canal once a year by foot, from the Zattere to the entrance of the Redeemer’s Church (Chiesa del Redentore, built by the famous architect Palladio), on a bridge made of boats.
The whole city celebrates this day – especially along the fondamenta of the Giudecca canal and on dozens of boats of different sizes, from huge yachts to tiny motor boats, in the laguna in front of the Saint Marc’s Square (Bacino di San Marco)- drinking, eating and partying till the beginning of the fireworks.
On Saturday the 20th of July the Votive Pontoon spanning over from Dorsoduro to the Redeemer’s Church will be opened at 07.00 pm
The fireworks will take place on the same day, the 20th of July, starting from 11.30 pm (weather conditions permitting) in Saint Mark’s Basin.
On Sunday, the 21st of July, you will be able to assist the Regatta of the Redeemer in the Giudecca Canal starting from 04.00 pm.
Also check the website of ACTV for changes of public transportation service. Click here.
Festivities around Venice
Serra dei Giardini
Live Music and DJ Set from 06 pm – 12 pm Click here.
Silent Party from 12 pm – 2 am Click here.
The earbuds for the silent party cost €8 in pre-selling, €10 at the entrance. Infos here. Admission to the party is free of charge.
Redentore Garden Party
Redentore Techno Boat
Redentore La Chic Boat Party
Redentore Boat Party
Redentore Cruise and Dinner
Redeemer’s Day Gala Dinner at the Doge’s Palace