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The Redentore Festival

The Festa del Redentore takes place on the third weekend of July and it is a festival that is particularly popular among 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 colours and reflections.

THE HISTORY OF REDENTORE: from the origins until today

The Festa del Redentore was first held to celebrate the city's deliverance from a terrible plague which affected Europe at the end of the 16th century. The pestilence caused the death of hundreds of people of every social class and it infected more than 50.000 people in Venice in less than 2 years. The pestilence arrived in Venice due to the ships coming from the eastern countries Venice had a heavy volume of commercial traffic with. The Senate of Venice accepted Doge Mocenigo’s proposal of building a temple where descendants could go in order to celebrate the end of the pestilence. After many discussions they decided to build a church dedicated to Christ Redeemer on the Giudecca island.

The Church dominates the panorama on the Giudecca island and it represents Antonio Palladio’s thought about the Renaissance architecture and an attempt to conciliate the Christian church with the features of the classical temple.

On the Saturday before the third Sunday in July, a 330 metre-long votive bridge made of boats across the Giudecca canal connects the island with the area called Zattere near the Chiesa del Santo Spirito: people can walk through the canal and reach Chiesa del Redentore.

Venice Patriarch blesses the opening of the celebrations from the stairs of the Redentore when the bridge is ready to be crossed and the crowd starts walking in procession towards the Giudecca. Then, the first holy mass begins at 7.30 p.m., the second at 0.30 in the night and the third at the 8.00 on Sunday morning.

Brilliant Wedding Venice organises an amazing weekend to watch the firework show of the Festa del Redentore on boat or in St Mark’s Basin.


Festa del Redentore on boat

The best way to spend an amazing time with your friends and have a delicious dinner while watching the firework show is on boat.

Traditionally, perfectly ornate boats full of coloured balloons and lights move along St Mark’s Basin and across Giudecca canal. You will enjoy ah hearty dinner based on traditional Venetian dishes waiting for the firework show, that starts at 11.30 p.m. and lasts until after midnight.


  • Departure from Chioggia or Fusina at 6:00 p.m. with a boat and navigation of the Vence lagool until St Mark’s Basin. During the navigation a buffet aperitif with wine, typical Venetian cicchetti (snacks) music and dance will be offered to you.
  • A dinner made up of typical dishes will be served during the stop in St Mark’s basin while waiting for the Fuochi del Redentore (fireworks show) which begin at 11:30 p.m. and last more than 45 minutes.
  • At the end of the fireworks your boat will travel back to Chioggia or Fusina with a buffet of fruit and sweets. Wine, soft drinks and entertainment available from boarding till the end of the trip.

Landing scheduled between 2.00 and 3.00 a.m.

On request information and room reservation for the night.

Book your boat party during the Redentore in Venice, you’ll live it like a real Venetian.


Festa del Redentore in St Mark’s Basin


  • Meeting at 6.00 p.m. in Piazza San Marco to walk across the bridge of boats connecting the Giudecca island with Venice: the floating platform is open until 10.30 p.m. The bridge ends symbolically in front of the facade of Chiesa del Redentore.
  • Late in the afternoon St Mark’s Basin is flooded by any kind of boat decorated with lights and ornaments Around 7.30 p.m. dinner in a wonderful typical Venetian restaurant near Piazza San Marco. Fish courses and traditional food: pasta e fagioli (pasta with beans), sarde in saor (sardines with onions), wine, dancing and music.
  • Everyone meets in St Mark’s Basin waiting for the amazing moment of the fireworks show.

On request information and room reservation for the night.


Other programs for the Festa del Redentore in Venice:

Exclusive motorship rental including catering service for the Festa del Redentore and customized organization of the event.

Contact Brilliant Wedding Venice for further information.