One night in a year Venice is illuminated with a thousand lights and people stop to admire breathtaking fireworks show on the water: this is Festa del Redentore. Iconic anniversary recalled by the city's residents is held each year on the weekend of the third Sunday of July.
Festa del Redentore has an ancient origin and its meaning is linked to the history of the Floating City: Festa del Redentore remembers the liberation of Venice from the scourge of the plague devastated many victims among the population in 1577. At a crucial moment Venetian authorities made a decision: they would build a temple to God if he could take away the plague from the city. Their prayers were heard, the plague was gone and to keep one's word they built the great church of the Redeemer on Giudecca Island, in the basin of St. Mark, supervised by the great Andrea Palladio.
This event attracts thousands of tourists every year packing the shores and St. Mark's Square to admire spectacular firework show. Best spot? Enjoy the fireworks on board a boat like those admiring water mirror-like surface in front of St. Mark's Square, celebrating in company tasting local specialties and creating unique celebration atmosphere!