The "Redentore" Feast | Ca' Foscolo

The "Redentore" Feast

3rd weekend of July

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 colors and reflections. At dusk, numerous boats of any kind, decked out with balloons, decorations and brightly colored 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 specialties while they wait for the firework display that begins at 23:30 and lasts until well past midnight. Even the banks of the city get filled with tables of Venetians who set them up with food and music, ready to celebrate all together with friends and family.
The “Redentore” Feast is a tradition that dates back to 1577, when it was first held to celebrate the end of 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, during this particular weekend can be reached by pilgrims by crossing an impressive 330-metre-long pontoon bridge which starts from the other shore of the canal. The "Redentore" celebrations also include a solemn religious service and procession presided over by the patriarch of the city, while the weekend ends with a series of typical Venetian boats races, organized as part of the "Voga alla Veneta" rowing season.