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Tourist information on the Guidecca Island, Venice that includes the history of the Guidecca, Jewish community in Venice, and how to get to the Guidecca from Venice. As well as information on the Redentore Festival, that celebrates the construction of the Redentore Church by Andrea Palladio on the island of Guidecca to celebrate the end of a terrible plague in Venice.
Originally called the “Spinalunga” (long spine) because of its long narrow shape, its modern day name derives from the 13th Century when it was home to a Jewish community. Later it became the home of Villas built by rich Venetians that boast some of the most beautiful Venetian gardens still left intact.
One of the main attractions of the Giudecca is Palladio's Redentore church built in 1577 to celebrate the salvation of the city after a terrible plague. The Redentore festival that celebrates the end of the plague every third Saturday in July is one of Venice 's most popular festivals.
The Island is also the home to Harry's Dolce where from a terrace table you can enjoy fine views of the city while indulging in some of finest cuisine to be found in Venice.
How to get to the Giudecca:
You can get to Giudecca by taking the #82 water-bus (vaporetto) from the San Zaccaria vaporetto station near St.Marks