Saint Polo

Saint Polo

The Redentore is the oldest continuously celebrated date on the Venetian calendar. At the end of a plague

epidemic in 1576, the city commissioned Andrea Palladio to build a church on the Giudecca – Il Redentore

(the Redeemer). Every July, a pontoon bridge is built across the canal that separates the Giudecca from

Venice proper, so people can make the pilgrimage to the church. But, while the religious part of the festival

falls on Sunday, what makes this weekend so special are the festivities on Saturday night. Boats of every

shape and size gather in the lagoon between St Mark’s, San Giorgio, the Punta della Dogana and the

Giudecca, each holding merry-makers supplied with food and drink. This party culminates in an amazing

fireworks display.

Where Campo San Polo.When Late July-early Sept.Telephone 041 524 1320Website