18/07/2009

Redeemer's Day

Redeemer's Day

The Redeemer's Day is one of the most traditional and particular celebrations in Venice, reminding each year both Venetians and foreign spectators the awful pestilence that stroke the city back in 1567, which killed more than 50.000 people in two years. As even history books teach us, in order to calm God's wrath, thought to be responsible for the plague, the Senate of the Venetian Republic decided to build a temple dedicated to Christ the Redeemer. The celebration of the Redeemer now takes place on the night of the third Saturday of July, in memory of the same day of the year 1577, when the “Doge” announced that the city was finally free from the contagion. Today, Christ the Redeemer is celebrated not only around the Temple, but in various “campi” (squares) and “campielli” (little squares). The Regata and the traditional fireworks always top off this event in a spectacular manner.

17/07/2009

FINA World Championships

FINA World Championships

In the running with Athens, Moscow, Dubai, and the dreaded and hyper-technological Yokohama, Rome has got the best of it and won the title of the new capital of swimming, hosting the 13th FINA World Championship. From July 17th to August 2nd, in the marvelous setting of the Eternal City, sportsmen and sportswomen from all over the world will challenge each other in different disciplines: swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming, at the Foro Italico Complex, while open water swimming will be held within the enchanting scenery of Ostia Lido, the famous seaside locality right outside of Rome. A unique chance for sports lovers to watch athletes from all over the world compete, cheer their favorites, and visit a city full of charm and history such as Rome.

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