Il Redentore or Redeemer festival is the more favorite Venice Events for Venetians, followed by the Historical Regatta and the Vogalonga. You could be surprised that Venice Carnival is not included in this list! In reality Venice carnival is now much more appreciated by tourists than by venetians themselves. The Festa del Redentore lasts for 2 days and has a rich and various program of events. Here you will find all the information about festa del Redentore, edition 2023: time and place of the events, historical explanations and ideas on how to celebrate it.
The Festa del Redentore is the most heartfelt event for Venetians; Venice comes alive from Saturday afternoon and the celebrations go on through the night on the boats, along the canals and in the historic palaces.
The main events of the Festa del Redentore take place along the historical routes that originated with the origins of this celebration. The incredible pontoon bridge over the Giudecca Canal traditionally connects the Fondamenta delle Zattere to the Redentore Church built by Andrea Palladio; that is, it joins the largest island of Venice with the Giudecca Island where the church stands for one weekend a year. A truly evocative walk in keeping with tradition and obviously also … very crowded.
The Festa del Redentore always take place on the third sunday of july in Venice.
Festa del Redentore 2023: events calendar
Friday the 14th of July 2023
From 8 p.m. the votive bridge connecting the Zattere with the Church of the Redeemer on Giudecca Island is scheduled to open – it remains in use until midnight on Sunday.
Saturday the 15th of July 2023
“Luminarie” along the Zattere and Giudecca banks.
Redentore Floats – from 7pm to 11pm music on the Grand Canal, St Mark’s Basin, Zattere and Giudecca.
Firework show above the San Marco Basin at 11.30 pm.
Sunday the 16th of July 2023
The Regatta of Redeemer – the route winds its way along the Giudecca Canal; at 4pm the regatta on pupparini with two oars for young people, at 4.45pm the regatta on pupparini with two oars, at 5.30pm the regatta on gondolas with two oars.
Votive Mass at the Redentore Church on the Giudecca Island – at 7.00 p.m.
The Redentore celebration is animated from Saturday afternoon and goes on all night on boats, along canals and in historic palaces. Everyone magically stops at 11.30 pm and everybody lift their head to see the spectacular fireworks above the calm waters of St Mark basin, illuminating Venice’s wonderful frame.
After this unforgettable experience, you can decide if you want to keep on partying or just walk home and prepare for the second day of the celebrations!
Redeemer festival: history
The Redeemer festival is a Venetian tradition that started about 500 years ago. It remembers a very happy event for the city: the liberation from the plague that devastated the city from summer 1575 until July 1577. The main events of the Festa del Redentore still take place along the historical itineraries of this ancient feast.
The opening of the bridge connecting the main island of Venice to the smaller Giudecca island where the Redentore church lies, is a secular tradition. If you want to go over the bridge by foot, prepare for a crowded path and a slow walk, but you can also reach the island by boat, although it’s wise to book earlier: there is a limited number of watercrafts available for the event.
Festa del Redentore 2023: Venice fireworks
You can properly enjoy the Redentore only by boat. If you have Venetian friends who keep you a precious place in the boat, you are really very lucky!
In any case, Vivovenetia invites you to our Redeemer cruise. A boat experience with dinner on a panoramic terrace! We offer a gourmet experience with seafood menu and traditional Venetian dishes. And to not spoil anything, we confess that we have a reserved place that guarantees us to have a truly exceptional place to see the Venice fireworks displays.
Venice Redeemer 2023: private boat rental
If you are a group and you want to rent a boat for the Redeemer to organize your event as you want, we can certainly help you. Many of our partners have boats of all kinds: bragozzo, ecological boat, sailboat, etc..
Know that you need to organize yourself in time if you want to have the choice. If you’re a last minute, maybe we can still get something out of your hat ?
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