Travelers who plan summer vacations in Venice can take advantage of romantic gondola rides along a tranquil lagoon, candlelit canal-side dinners or strolls down cobblestone streets. The sights, shops, restaurants and museums of the city will keep visitors occupied throughout their entire trip and may even lead to plans for a return journey to the culturally rich city. Those who book a car in Italy in July can witness one of the most marvelous annual festivals in Venice - Festa del Redentore.
The marking of the celebration occurred in 1576 when the Republic's Senate voted to build a temple on Giudecca Island as a symbol of gratitude to God for the city's deliverance from the plague. The community also agreed to follow with an elaborate procession to the church, involving a "boat-bridge" made from gondolas strung together from the Zattere to Giudecca.
Today, the festivities continue in the same tradition, typically on the third weekend of July. On Saturday, residents and tourists crowd around the lagoon shore and all of the city's rooftop terraces to watch the magnificent firework display that explodes in an array of vibrant lights over the water between St. Mark's and the Giudecca. Travelers can begin their trip in Venice and be a part of this beloved celebration of the city's heritage and deep religious ties.