Discover the history of the Redentore at the Querini Stampalia Foundation: guided tour and aperitif in the garden

Duration: approx. 2 hours  Location: Venice
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Why choose this experience?

1 Discover the history and origins of the Redentore, before taking part in the evening celebrations
2 Experience the Redentore in an alternative way, focusing on the historical aspect of one of the most ancient popular traditions of Venice
3 Take part in an interesting guided tour of the Querini Stampalia Foundation

The Redentore is without any doubt one of the most anticipated events in Venice: with its amazing fireworks display, year after year it leaves the crowd of people from all over the world open-mouthed, and with their noses pointed upwards.

What we have to offer is something that will give you the chance to discover the Redentore Festival from a new perspective: through the paintings and ancient documents of the Querini Stampalia collection. Thanks to an interesting themed journey specifically designed, you can learn about the history of the Redentore and the origins of this great Venetian event: this year, for the first time, you can also admire the images of the Venetian photographer Graziano Arici, whose Redentore archive is housed at the Foundation.

The various representations of the plague, the Palladian project of the Chiesa del Redentore, the iconography of this centuries-old tradition: this and much more in our tour at the Querini Stampalia Foundation!

The Redentore Festival has its origins back in 1577 when, to celebrate the defeat of a harrowing plague that decimated the population of Venice, the Basilica del Redentore was built on the Island of Giudecca, designed by the great master Andrea Palladio. Precisely the plague will be one of the main topics developed during the tour at Querini Stampalia: in this splendid location, an expert guide will lead you to an exploration of important documents that testify to the happening of the terrible plague that in 1348, in 1576 and in 1630 flagellated Venice.

In order to identify the causes of the plague, implement therapies and prepare a preventive plan, starting from the fifteenth century, Venice was the stage of a heated debate in the field of medicine, as evidenced by the Fasciculus Medicinae of 1493, which reports the xylography note of the patient and offers the first analysis of the professor of Medicine Pietro da Tossignano.
At that time the bibliographic production made by great experts was very prosperous - the Library of the Querini Stampalia Foundation retains some examples - as well as the warnings and the notices issued by the Provveditori alla Sanità between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries to introduce prevention measures.
As you will see during the tour, the iconography related to the plague with incisions of the Old and New Lazzaretto and images of the 'morbetto' doctors was also very rich.
Once the disease had been eradicated, the Chiesa del Redentore was built, designed by the great Andrea Palladio in 1577 as an ex-voto and completed in 1592. Besides being a place of worship for Venetians, the basilica was appreciated for its architectural creativity and soon became one of the symbolic places of Venice. The Palladian myth would be revived later, between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, in the engravings of great artists such as Paoletti, Lazzari, Albrizzi and Francesco Zanotto, which you can admire during the guided tour on the Redentore at the Querini Stampalia.

Starting from the eighteenth century, Venice added its most important traditional festivals - the Historical Regatta and the Carnival, just to name a few – to a precise 'religious and secular' calendar. Therefore, just like in art, the theme of celebrations became a part of it, as shown by the works of Gabriel Bella: 'La Notte del Redentore', 'The course of the Giudecca canal' and 'The stroll on Riva degli Schiavoni'. The regattas are instead the subject of the engravings from the Opera Navi and Vascelli di Coronelli and from the Miscellanea dell'Arsenale, with cues taken from the engravings of Zompini.

From the following century, popular tradition became one of the major protagonists of Venetian life and the insertions of the satirical newspaper Sior Tonin Bonagrazia with their many articles, illustrations, poems, motets and festivals for the best song dedicated to the Redeemer are tangible testimonies. During this unmissable guided tour, you can also view other images of the history of the Redentore such as those of 'Calli e canali' by Fernando Ongania, depicting scenes of Giudecca between the nineteenth century and twentieth century: then, like today, boats and gondolas in the St Mark’s bay hosted thousands of spectators who came to Venice to celebrate this important event.

The guided tour will end with a relaxing aperitif in the beautiful Giardino della Fondazione, created by the master of architecture Carlo Scarpa with a large multi-level copper tub on a concrete and mosaic floor in the centre. Intriguing, right? So, before celebrating, why not come to discover with us the origins of the Redentore in Venice by booking this experience online?

Fondazione Querini Stampalia: the Redentore under a different light!

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Important info


Saturday July 14th 2018

Departure point:

Fondazione Querini Stampalia - Castello, 5252 - Venezia

Departure time

Saturday July 14th 2018

  • English
    10.00 am
  • Italian
    11.00 am
Languages available



Full: €25.00

No reductions available: the tour is not suitable for children.

approx. 2 hours
  • Guided tour
  • Access to unpublished documents
  • Aperitif in the garden
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"
Additional information:

There will be no refund in case of NO-SHOW (non-attendance at the start of the tour at the allocated time and at the meeting point indicated on the voucher) and/or rejection of the service on the day; if customers wander off during the tour; or if they decide to leave the tour before the end of the service.

To take part in the tour, you must be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the departure time specified, and present either a paper or an electronic voucher.

Bookings can be made up to 24 working hours before the service.

CANCELLATION POLICIES: given the exceptional nature of the event and the high demand, once you have booked the tour, you cannot modify the tour or receive a refund.

In exceptional cases and/or reasons of force majeure that may prevent the tour already purchased to run regularly (i.e. acts of nature, strikes, exceptional closures, serious unexpected events or health problems experienced by the person in charge with the service after which it is really impossible to find a substitute), the tour might be cancelled. The customer will be notified of this as soon as possible and will be asked to choose between postponing the tour on the first date available or receiving a prompt refund of the price paid for the tour, if the cancellation policy of the service itself allows a refund.

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