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FESTA DEL REDENTORE

WHAT: FESTA DEL REDENTORE
WHERE: SAN MARCO BASIN, VENICE, ITALY
WHEN: SATURDAY 20TH JULY TO SUNDAY 21ST JULY
TIME: ALL DAY EVENTS / FIREWORKS DISPLAY BEGINS 11:30 SAT 20TH
COST: FREE

Steeped in 400 years of history and folklore the feast of the redeemer or festa del redentore takes place on the third weekend in July. The most anticipated weekend in Venice is full of events, parties and fireworks await locals and visitors alike.

The celebration is to mark the end of a terrible plague that hit the city during the 16th century killing over 50,000 people. To stop the problem the venetian Doge Alvise Mocenigo promised that when the plague ceased, he would build a magnificent bascilla.

It was decided that the church would be built on Guidecca and the first stone was placed on the third Sunday in July and a small wooden church followed thereafter. To celebrate the ending of the plague it was decided to build a temporary floating bridge to the church from Venice to Guidecca and was used first for a procession of the population and highest officers of the republic. After the procession it has occurred every year since and pilgrimage to the church of redentore is done every year, this is the only time that Guidecca is connected to the rest of Venice.

Programme for 2019

SATURDAY 20TH JULY

  • ALL DAY: Preparations by locals, followed by their own private dinner or parties.
  • 19:00pm – Opening of pontoon bridge from Zattere to Giudecca, followed by a presentation of the regatta teams.
  • 23:30pm – Fireworks at Bacino di San Marco

SUNDAY 21st July

  • 16:00 – Regata del Redentore at Giudecca canal
  • 19:00 – Holy mass at the Redentore Church

There are plenty of parades, dances and other entertainment on offer, but everyone pauses for the explosive fireworks event on Saturday evening. They are fired from Saint Mark’s basin from over 35 floating pontoons over 600 meters. The show lasts for around 45 minutes and then after the show the younger generation of the city head to Venice Lido to await the dawn and the sunrise.

So, if you are holidaying in Venice, get along to see the fireworks and be warned, it is a celebration that is sure to draw you in.

Festa del Redentore

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FESTA DEL REDENTORE 2016

WHAT: FESTA DEL REDENTORE 2016
WHEN: SATURDAY 16TH JULY 2016 – SUNDAY 17TH JULY 2016
WHERE: VENICE, ITALY
WHY: FIESTA FEATURING FIREWORKS

In the mid 16th century, Venice was besieged by yet another outbreak of the plague. The Bubonic Plague or Black Death took the lives of more than 50,000 Venetians between 1575 – 1576, which when you consider that the total population at the time was only 160,000, meant that 1 in 3 died of this dreadful disease which even to this day is classified as a bio-terrorist threat.

In 1576, the most serene Republic of Venice’s Senate agreed to erect a church to Christ as a plea for help. The Church of the Most Holy Redeemer (Il Redentore) was erected.

Festa del Redentore

By July 1577, the area was officially declared plague free and it was decided that in celebration of the deliverance from certain death, each year, there was to be a Fiesta and of course a church service. The Redentore is an authentic, age-old, Venetian event which is very close to the hearts of the people of Venice. On the Saturday, the evening before the service of thanks, at around 7pm, the 333 metre Ponte Votivo is opened up and the people go to the church for the Eucharist at around 7.30 and the blessing of the event and the people.

Festa del Redentore

There are boats and barges packed with people, which moor alongside each other to share the music, fun and laughter with large groups of family and friends. The vessels in the harbour are all richly decorated with pretty garlands, flowers and lights.

The beautiful pyrotechnics begin at around 10.00pm on St Marks Basin under the control of the fantastic Parente Fireworks. The fireworks are set up on 35 floating pontoons over a distance of around 600 metres in an unusual cross shape. The display lasts between 45 minutes – 1 hour as a general rule and afterwards, the younger contingent of the 100,000 people strong crowd of spectators go off to the Venice Lido where they await dawn and the sunrise.

It is another age old tradition, which like a number of other festivals has been around for many hundreds of years and will continue to amaze young and old alike for generations to come.

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