Italy sure knows how to put on a good party.
And so they should, given that many of the best events in Italy date back to Renaissance times so they have, after all, had a lot of practice!
One of the best festivals in Venice, Italy, is in July on the occasion of the Festa del Redentore, making it a great time to visit Venice!
The Festa del Redentore or, Feast of the Most Holy Redeemer, dates back to 1577. It is held to celebrate and give thanks for the end of a devastating plague in 1576, which took the lives of some 50,000 people. In an attempt to bring an end to the plague, Doge Alvise I Mocenigo promised to build a church – Il Rendetore church – on the Giudecca island. The church was consecrated in 1592. Each year thereafter the Doge visited the church to give thanks, crossing to the island via a series of barges lined up to form a bridge.
Over time, this became the Festa del Redentore. Today, the chain of barges is set up and a great festa is held in the city spanning a whole weekend, including a spectacular display of fireworks on the Saturday night and religious festivities on the Sunday.
If you are planning a trip to Venice at this time, do be sure to take our advice and book well in advance!