Every year, as the third weekend of July approaches, Venetians begin preparations for a much adored centuries-old tradition: La Festa del Redentore (Redeemer’s Feast). The Redentore began as a feast to give thanks to the most Holy Redeemer for the end of the terrible plague of 1576. A church dedicated to the Redeemer was built on the Giudecca and consecrated in 1592.
Ever since, on this weekend a temporary bridge connects the Giudecca with Venice, allowing Venetians to pay pilgrimage. On the Saturday Venetians gather with friends in boats and around the waterfront, feasting merrily as they await the spectacular fireworks which light up St. Mark’s Basin.
The Gritti Palace, Hotel Danieli and The Westin Europa & Regina offer a unique location to enjoy this celebration.
The majestic Gritti Palace, A Luxury Collection Hotel, is where history and culture are met with renewed Venetian style. A place of exceptional art and elegance, the restored Gritti Palace retains its reassuringly intimate and familiar feel. Known for its impassioned service, delectable culinary experience and its intimate wellness haven, it remains the reference point for the world’s elite at international events such as the Biennale, Carnival and the Venice Film Festival. After a meticulous restoration, explore the hotel’s original wooden ceilings, original entrance flooring, dressing-table mirrors and 18th century wall lamps, hand-made in Murano, and more. The epitome of luxury, the Gritti Signature Suite Collection showcases the hotel’s rich historical past.
Experience La Festa del Redentore in a unique setting in Venice – The Redentore Terrazza Suite, a spectacular two-story suite, located on the top floor of the hotel boasting an unparalleled 250 sqm rooftop terrace featuring 360°views of the city. The terrace overlooks the Grand Canal, the Venetian lagoon to the south, and panoramas that extend over San Giorgio, Santa Maria della Salute Basilica, and out beyond Palladio’s masterpiece, the Chiesa del Redentore on Giudecca.
The terrace is the perfect venue for enjoying the magnificent fireworks with views overlooking the lagoon and monuments of this much loved local celebration.
Hotel Danieli, A Luxury Collection Hotel, with its heritage setting on Riva degli Schiavoni and steps away from the Bridge of Sighs and the famous monuments of Piazza San Marco, dominates the Venetian lagoon. For centuries Venice ruled the seas and established substantial trade and relationships with the Orient. This mutual exchange of ideas and culture significantly marked the lifestyle, the tastes, and the flavours of Venetian Cuisine.
Essential to the Danieli experience is its rooftop Restaurant Terrazza Danieli where these flavours can be found whilst enjoy spectacular views of the Venetian Lagoon . This exquisite venue hosts up to 120 guests both indoors and outdoors on the terrace, open for al fresco dining in warmer months from May to October and can be the perfect place to watch the magnificent fireworks over the lagoon on La Festa del Redentore.
The palatial atmosphere of the hotel, its suites and rooms, house a rich collection of precious art and antiques that play witness to the city’s history, artfully blended with contemporary comforts to indulge the wishes of cultured global travellers.
The Westin Europa & Regina features a selection of terraces that sit on the Grand Canal which offer unparalleled views of the Santa Maria della Salute Basilica. These terraces are also perfect venues for hosting high end events such as product launches, celebratory occasions and internal weddings for up to 500 guests.