“The famous night” of the Redeemer is perhaps the most beautiful feast celebrated in Venice. Since 1577, on the second Sunday in July, the city pays homage to the Redeemer for the end of the terrible plague, with a votive pontoon bridge of boats connecting the Zattere to the Giudecca, and a magnificent fireworks display. The stretch of water between St. Mark’s and the Giudecca teems with vessels of all kinds right from the early hours of the afternoon, partying until midnight and the fireworks festival.
“Reporting from the Front” or “Concrete Living Ideas,” is the theme of the 15th Biennale of Architecture. Directed by superstar Alejandro Aravena, and hosted in the Central Pavilion of the Arsenale, the show displays 88 of the most interesting works in international architecture on this theme, designed by architects hailing from 37 countries (50 of whom are exhibited for the first time ever in Venice). An integral part of the exhibition are 62 national works on show in the halls at the Giardini, Arsenale and historic center of Venice. 5 countries exhibiting for the first time: Philippines, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Seychelles and Yemen.