The Festa del Redentore (Festival of the Redeemer) is one of the most heartfelt festivities in Venice. It combines both religion and spectacle thanks to the firework extravaganza on the Saturday night which attracts thousands of visitors. The unparalleled setting of the St Mark Basin with the play of lights and reflections creates a kaleidoscope of colours behind the silhouettes of the spires, domes and bell towers of the city.
According to tradition, at dusk, well lit boats decorated with tree sprigs and coloured balloons begin to gather in St Mark’s Basin and in the Giudecca Canal. On the boats, people partake of an abundant dinner of traditional Venetian dishes while they wait for the firework display.