The night of Saturday the july 20th will be there the traditional feast of the Redentore. An appointment to which the Venetians are very attached but which attracts many tourists for the particularity of the celebrations: fireworks over water directly in the Bacino di San Marco .
But what are the origins of the celebration? Perhaps not everyone knows that it is nothing less than a “thank you” for defeating the plague that for three years, starting in 1575 caused hundreds of deaths in the lagoon city. It was even the Venetian Senate that started the construction of the Church in honor of Christ Rdentore on the Giudecca Island as an ex voto to free Venice from the plague. Work began in 1576 and when the plague was finally eradicated it was established that each year the anniversary would be celebrated by setting up a votive bridge of boats, similar to the one built for the Madonna della Salute.
Saturday, July 20, the bridge will be open to the public at 7:00 pm while the fireworks show will begin at around 11:00 pm.
If you are not equipped with boats, we advise you to watch the fireworks from the Giudecca or Riva dei Sette Martiri, taking place in due time given the large crowds of people expected.