|Redentore Church, Venice|
For my most recent trip to Venice I booked a room at La Calcina, a lovely little hotel on the Zattere waterfront that was recommended by travel guide author, Rick Steves. Our room on the hotel's top floor offered front row seats to the Redentore festivities.
|La Calcina, Venice|
|Festival Lanterns along the Zattere|
|View of the Redentore Church from La Calcina|
|Construction of the Redentore Bridge|
On Saturday evening we joined the crowds converging on the bridge.
|Crowds on the Redentore Bridge|
Many revellers had gathered for an evening of wining and dining on their boats while they waited for the fireworks display over St. Mark's Basin.
|Festival Dining on a Boat|
|Boats Gathered in the Giudecca Canal|
|Approaching the Redentore Church|
|View of the Guidecca Canal from the Redentore Bridge|
|Crowds Gather at the Redentore Church|
Later we watched the fireworks from our hotel room window.
On Sunday afternoon, brightly painted gondolas raced in the Regatta of the Redeemer on the Giudecca canal.
|Regatta of the Redeemer|
Festa del Redentore has been celebrated by Venetians for over four hundred years and takes place again this weekend, July 16 & 17. The web site Venezia Unica posts a programme of the events for 2016, plus a video of last year's fireworks display.
Rosanna Chiofalo has written three more novels set in Italy: Carissima, Stella Mia and Rosalia's Bittersweet Pastry Shop.