Redentore Festival in the beautiful and charming city of Venice is coming back. It’s one of the most ancient and traditional events of Venice and since 1576 it has been celebrating.
This year the event will be held on July, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th 2011. Venetians love this kind of celebration and most of all they wait for the famous and magical night of fireworks in the lagoon. A real light show surrounded by a charming atmosphere!
In the past, such an event was celebrated to remember the end of one of the most serious plague epidemics in Venice.
On Saturday 16th July 2011, Venetians will begin with the preparations of the boats and the deliciousness for the dinner. Visitors will have the chance to see the celebrations of Redentore Festival taking a seat in the several balconies, on boats or in the streets of the city, even enjoying one of the many interesting itineraries in Venice.
And now, let’s have a look at the events scheduled:
Saturday 16th July 2011 – At 7 p.m., the votive bridge made up of punts joining the Redentore Church with the Giudecca Island will be open. At 9.30 p.m., the will be a concert of Banda Musicale di Tessera C.C.R.T. at Fondamenta Zattere who will play Venetian traditional music. At 11.30 p.m., a striking fireworks show will wonder the crowd in the St. Mark’s Basin (on the background of the famous, stunning Piazza San Marco) until midnight.
Sunday 17th July 2011 – At 11.30 a.m. Giardini della Marinaressa (Riva Sette Martiri) will be open to the public. The Redentore Regattas will begin at 4 p.m., whereas at 7 p.m. the Holy Mass will be held at Redentore Church.
In addition, an extraordinary public transportation service will be activated on this occasion. In the night of Saturday 16th July, the following trains will be extraordinarily activated from Venice to the main cities of the Veneto Region:
- From Venice Santa Lucia to Mestre: departures at 01:01 – 01:10 – 01:20 – 01:50 – 02:05 a.m.
- From Venice Santa Lucia to Padova: departures at 02:10 a.m., with stops in all the stations but Porto Marghera;
- From Venice Santa Lucia to Treviso: departures at 02:42 a.m., with stops in Mestre, Mogliano Veneto, Preganziol;
- From Venice Santa Lucia to Vicenza: departures at 02:50 a.m., with stops in all the stations but Porto Marghera.
Finally, the “People Mover”, the cable railway linking Tronchetto Island to the maritime station and Piazzale Roma, in the night of Saturday 16th July will be active until 3 a.m. (last departure at 2.50 a.m.).
If you haven’t yet visited Venice, this could be the perfect occasion for doing it!
For having more information about events in Venice, useful addresses, phone numbers, maps, or just to book a hotel in Venice, please visit the website About Venice.