The Redentore Festival in Venice has its origins in 1577 and commemorates the end of a terrible plague that pained the city.
According to a legend, Venice was freed from the plague thanks to the prayers of the population and the solemn vow of the Doge Alvise Mocenigo, who vowed to build a beautiful church if the Republic of Venice had survived to the terrible disease.
It's said that the plague in Venice has been brought by the commercial vessels coming from the East, into which rats infected by fleas were nested.
After the plague was the Doge Sebastiano Venier to fulfill the vow.
On the third Sunday of July 1577, after the competition for the construction of the Redentore's Church, won by Andrea Palladio, was provisionally built a wooden church and formed a floating walkway between the Giudecca island and Venice, where the first procession took place.
The Doge, the Schools of Arts and Crafts, the Religious Brotherhoods and the people paraded together to the Church of the Redentore with gratitude and recognition for having saved the city from the plague.
Since 1577, this event is celebrated every year on the third weekend of July and takes place during two days:
the Saturday is inaugurated with the opening of the votive bridge, about 330 meters long, which consists of boats that connect the Redentore's Church, located in the island of Giudecca, to Venice. The procession is done above it, where is given the blessing of the Patriarch.
Starting from the sunset the festivities begin in Bacino San Marco where, after dinner, it's possible to admire the fireworks.
on Sunday the event ends with the religious functions that take place in the Church of the Redentore and the traditional Redentore's Regatta.
The Feast of the Redentore is the most loved festivity by the Venetians, because into it converge both the religious aspect and the more festive and spectacular fireworks, which light up the sky of the Bacino San Marco and the Giudecca's Canal.
The Redentore is an event famous all over the world and every year attracts thousands of visitors, both tourists and local people from the inland or from the Venice Lagoon islands.
At sunset the boats addobate with colored lights and garlands begin to take place in the St. Mark's Basin and the Canal of Giudecca.
As per tradition people have dinner in boats, eating typical venetian dishes in a party atmosphere, animated by music, dancing and drinking good wine: they wait for the fireworks, which start at 23:30 and end after midnight.
The seats to have dinner in a boat celebrating the Redentore in Venice are limited, so it is a good advice to book well in advance.
This fascinating boat trip in Venice islands offers you a Murano, Burano and Torcello half-day sightseeing tour without taking too much time away from visiting Venice: this Venice lagoon trip has, in fact, a total duration of four hours and includes short stops on all three islands.
A pleasant and economical way to make a trip to Burano, Murano and Torcello, departing from the central San Marco Square. For your Burano tour's reservation, please click on the button below.
This boat trip in the lagoon will allow you to concentrate the 4 hours at your disposal to visit Murano and Burano, the two most famous islands of Venice.
The stops on the islands will be about an hour in Murano, where you can admire the glass working in a glass factory and an hour and a half in Burano, where you can visit a typical lace shop.
The guided tours to these places will still optional and you can choose how to manage your visit to the islands.
Also this tour departs from Piazza San Marco.
And if you prefer the same excursion, but having lunch in Burano:
A tour to visit Burano with a tourist guide who will accompany you to the most beautiful spots. Thanks to this guided tour in Burano, you can admire both the famous corners of the island and its hidden corners that only local people know.
An alternative option of this tour is the half-day excursion to Burano and San Francesco del Deserto.
These tours start from the island of Burano, so you need to reach the scene with the line 12 ACTV water bus.
In our section about the gondola tours in Venice, you can book the gondola ride you like directly online, starting from 31,00 €. If you are looking for a romantic evening in Venice and unforgettable, we recommend you the Venice Redentore in private gondola, the Historical Regatta in private gondola, or the gondola serenade.
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