On the third week end of July, every year Venice celebrates its traditional Festa del Redentore (Redeemer).
It was firstly held in 1577 to celebrate the end of a terrible plague, and for the same reason was built the Palladio’s Redentore Church. It is one of the most important example of Palladian religious architecture, and it was built on Giudecca’s Island.
Nowdays, Festa del Redentore is a mix of religious theme and spectacular celebration, as hundreds of boats flock into San Marco’s bay and Giudecca Canal.
Till Saturday afternoon, thousands of people on the boats or on the terraces have dinner, listen to the music, dance and wait for the phantasmagorical fireworks.
This year I attended for the first time the Festa del Redentore, and I believe it’s a really worthwhile experience.
I was on a boat, in the middle of Giudecca Canal and the show was really unbelievable.
On Sunday morning, it’s possible to attend the religious celebrations at Redentore Church.