/ FESTA DEL REDENTORE 2013
A traditional festival that lights up St. Mark's bay
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July 2013
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 had been 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, organized as part of the "Voga alla Veneta" rowing season.
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SATURDAY, JULY 20th 2013
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
SUNDAY, JULY 21st 2013, in the afternoon
Redentore Regattas - Giudecca channel
Children's twin-oared "pupparini" boat regatta
Twin-oared "pupparini" boat regatta
Twin-oared gondola regatta
Organized by Assessorato al Turismo del Comune di Venezia
Thanksgiving Mass at the Church of the Redentore on the Giudecca island
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