Giudecca, called Spinalonga by the Venetians for its elongated shape, is an island located south of the historic center of Venice. It is a mostly residential area with a limited tourist population.
It enjoys a beautiful view of San Marco and can be reached with just one stop by vaporetto, crossing the Giudecca canal.
The most beautiful churches on the island lie along the foundations facing the Giudecca Canal. In fact, the Chiesa del Redentore, the Chiesa delle Zitelle, and the Chiesa di San Giorgio Maggiore, all designed by Andrea Palladio, were built there in the sixteenth century.
Every year, Giudecca becomes the protagonist of the celebrations honoring the feast of the Redeemer, the most popular, heartfelt festival for the Venetians. It is famous for the spectacular fireworks that light up the lagoon of Venice every year on July 14.
To end the day, it's worth having an aperitif at the Rooftop bar of the Molino Stucky, a wonderful example of industrial archeology, converted into a hotel, where guests can enjoy a breathtaking view of the island and the San Marco bay.