Ways to celebrate Redentoreby Fabio Marzari | :venews
14th July, You could be excused thinking it was the 14th of July in Paris. But no, this is Venice and it’s not Bastille Day, it’s Redentore. It is the regular traditional feast day that makes its appearance every hot, humid July.
Redentore is celebrated every third Sunday in July. According to your pocket you can enjoy it in many different ways – from the free fireworks show that lights up the city at midnight to other more costly alternatives.
Redentore Low Cost
You’ll see fireworks here and there through the crowds, you’ll smell people like a barrel of smoked herrings and while you’re trying to get your best shot with your telephone camera, you’ll miss most of the fireworks show.
If you are the proud owner of a sleek, elegant Riva speedboat. Leave it at home. At least if you don’t want it scuffed or smacked into by all the other boats out there. Avoid trying to be smart at Redentore. What you need is a rough old boat done up with balloons and paper lanterns and a willingness to mix it up with the kind of people who love traditional feast days, sardines in saor, bigoli in salsa, rough red wine and watermelon.
Consider rush hour traffic in Mestre, a few blessings along the way amidst the sweat and you’ve got the idea of Redentore by boat. But at least it’s fascinating to watch. If you want to please Augusto Salvadori, stay up until dawn on Lido and you’ll seriously shown respect for Venetian tradition. Augusto might even show his gratitude by giving you a geranium.
She’ll be wearing Renè Caovilla, Manolo Blahnik or Jimmy Choo shoes because hey, there won’t be any walking. She’ll be wearing a little nothing from Chanel or maybe a Missoni in all the colours of the Redentore. He’ll be in a tuxedo – just make sure he doesn’t wear crocs with it. They’ll be on the terrace bar of the brand new Hilton on the Giudecca, or at the Bauer, Danieli, Gritti, Europa&Regina, etc. They’ll throw down just a couple of 100euros a head – but let’s not talk money, it’s so vulgar. They’ll be dining, dancing, listening to music and watching the fireworks. The difference is that they’ll have a bathroom to relieve themselves in or redo makeup. Now that’s what a platinum card gets you and don’t you forget it!
:venews luglio 2007