Festa Del Redentore A Venezia

The Feast of the Redentore in Venice

14 - 15 July 2023

Every year, in the month of July, the city of Venice dresses up to celebrate the Redentore, one of the most important and beloved festivities by the Venetians. This centuries-old tradition dates back to 1577 when Venice was struck by a severe plague epidemic. To ward off the disease, the city promised to build a church dedicated to the Redeemer if it was freed from the plague. Thus, the Church of the Redentore was born on the island of Giudecca.

Today, the Redentore festival is an occasion for Venetians to come together, celebrate, and give thanks for the liberation from the plague. The highlight of the festivity is on Saturday evening when a temporary bridge is built across the Grand Canal, connecting the city with the island of Giudecca. Boats gather along the canal, adorned with lights and vibrant colors, creating a magical spectacle of fireworks illuminating the Venetian sky.

After the fireworks, the traditional outdoor dinner begins, where families and friends come together to share delicious foods, including the famous "castradina" (a dish made from sheep meat) and "sarde in saor" (sardines in a sweet and sour marinade). Tables extend along the alleys and squares, creating a lively and festive atmosphere.

The celebration continues until Sunday when people go in procession to the Church of the Redentore to attend the Mass. The church is beautifully decorated, and prayers resonate in the air as the faithful give thanks for the liberation from the plague and seek protection for the future.

The Redentore is a festival of great significance for the Venetians, a moment to celebrate the resilience and unity of this unique city in the world. It is an opportunity to honor the history and traditions of Venice while enjoying the joyful atmosphere and contagious energy that pervades its streets.

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