If you want to find out more about the Venetians during the holiday period in Venice, you could choose the period of the Festival of the Redeemer (festa del Redentore) which takes place in Venice every year in July, especially on the third Sunday of the month.
This festival holds a special place in the hearts of the Venetians. The city dresses up in festival costume and everything more or less grinds to a halt to make the most of the occasion. The exuberance with which it has always been celebrated dates back to its origins a long time ago.
In 1577, following a long, tragic period during which more than a third of the population had died in only two years, the defeat of the plague epidemic was finally declared. So great was the joy of the people in the lagoon that the Venetian Senate decided to erect a temple to Christ the Redeemer to pay tribute for eternity so that the plague would never again attack Venice.
Andrea Palladio, who was without doubt the leading architect of the period, was engaged to construct the temple. Swinging walkways are erected, floating structures in wood and steel, arranged over 34 boats to support the bridge which, for two days, connects the Zattere pier to the island of Giudecca, allowing people to reach the Church of the Redeemer on foot. From the day before, there is much excitement in the city as Venice is prepared for the event and the vigil has assumed, over the centuries, an aspect which is more festive than liturgical. All varieties of traditional Venetian boat can be admired as they parade past and you can taste the finest cuisine the city has to offer. The fireworks at midnight are absolutely not to be missed as they light up the lagoon making Venice and its panoramas even more spellbinding. After the fireworks, for those who wish to continue the celebrations, parties everywhere go on into the small hours, making it a real celebration of Christ the Redeemer. The festivities of the Festival of the Redeemer are officially inaugurated by the patriarch of Venice, after which the crowd begins the procession towards the Giudecca where people gather for the eucharist celebrations.
The Venetians care greatly about this festival so if you book one of our apartments in various locations of Venice for the Festival of the Redeemer, you will be able to experience at first hand a picturesque occasion bringing you into close contact with the spirit of the city and its secular history.