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A traditional festival that lights up St. Mark's bay

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July 2011

The Festa del Redentore is a festival that is particularly popular with Venetians as it combines a religious theme with a spectacular celebration that attracts thousands of visitors. On Saturday night, the inimitable setting of St. Mark's Basin hosts a phantasmagorical firework display that lights up the spires, domes and bell towers of the city with a kaleidoscope of colours and reflections. At dusk, just as they have done for centuries, numerous small boats decked out with balloons, decorations and brightly coloured lanterns, begin to flock into St. Mark's Bay and the Giudecca Canal. The boats then moor alongside each other and all the participants enjoy a sumptuous dinner of traditional Venetian specialities while they wait for the firework display that begins at 11.30pm and lasts until well past midnight.


The history of Redentore
The Festa del Redentore is a tradition that dates back to 1577. It was first held to celebrate the city's deliverance from a terrible plague and the construction of Palladio's "Redentore" (Redeemer) Church, commissioned for the same reason. The Church, built on the Island of the Giudecca, can still be reached by pilgrims during the festival by means of an impressive 330-metre-long pontoon bridge. The "Redentore" celebrations include a solemn religious service and procession presided over by the patriarch of the city, and the weekend ends with a series of gondola races, organised as part of the "Voga alla Veneta" rowing season.

SATURDAY, JULY 16th 2011
7.00pm opening of the Thanksgiving Bridge, connecting the Zattere to the Church of the Redentore on the island of Giudecca
11.30pm Fireworks in St. Mark's Bay (in the attached pdf file the mooring areas for boats)

SUNDAY, JULY 17th 2011
The 2010 Rowing Season: Redentore Regattas, organized by the Municipality of Venice
4.00pm A children's twin-oared "pupparini" boat regatta
4.45pm Twin-oared "pupparini" boat regatta
5.30pm Twin-oared gondola regatta

7.00 pm
Thanksgiving Mass at the Church of the Redentore on the Giudecca 

Other events

9.30 pm Concert by Banda Musicale di Tessera C.C.R.T., traditional venetian music - Fondamenta Zattere (Chiesa dei Gesuati)

On Staurday July 17th, in the night, the following special trains will be arranged from Venice to the main towns in the Veneto:
- From Venezia Santa Lucia to Mestre: departures at 01:01 - 01:10 - 01:20 - 01:50 - 02:05;
- From Venezia Santa Lucia to Padova: departure at 02:10, stops in alla stations except Porto Marghera;
- From Venezia Santa Lucia to Treviso: departure at 02:42, stops in Mestre, Mogliano Veneto, Preganziol;
- From Venezia Santa Lucia to Vicenza: departure at 02:50, stops in alla stations except Porto Marghera.

 ACTV will adjust local means of transportation, both on water and in the mainland, detailed in the attached pdf file.

The People Mover, the funicular connecting the island of Tronchetto with the Maritime Station and Piazzale Roma, in the night of Saturday 16 July will work up to 3.00am (last departure at 2.50am), allowing till late night the return to the means of transport (cars, cruise ships, tourist buses parked to the Tronchetto).

In partnership with:

Casiṇ di Venezia company website           

Gruppo Argenta company website

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