On Sunday 3rd September 2017
The Regata Storica
(Historic Regatta) is a historical reenactment that features colorful 16th-century Venetian boats. The event is a reenactment of the visit to Venice by Caterina Cornaro, the Queen of Cyprus, which marked the beginning of the domination of that Mediterranean island by the Most Serene Republic
, which takes place on the first Sunday of September every year, begins with the passage of the characteristic Bucintoro
, the galley of state of the Venice Doges, followed by the Bissone, the fast, richly-decorated, war boats of the Venetian rowing clubs.
After the procession, there is a Venetian-style rowing competition
, the highlight of the day. Spectators passionately follow the event crowded on the shore, in floating grandstands and on boats tied up along the Grand Canal
, rooting for, and encouraging their favorites, while the multi-colored boats glide quickly past.
The Regatta consists of four races with separate categories for different ages and types of boats: a race of "caorline" (six-oar rowboats), a women's race in "mascarete" (two-oar rowboats, a young person's race in "pupparini" (small two-oar rowboats) and a champions' race in gondolas.
The boats start from Sant'Elena and follow the Grand Canal to the Santa Lucia station where they round a pole and turn back towards the finish line in front of the Ca' Foscari
palace where a floating stage called the Machina has been constructed.
The Historic Regatta is one of the most spectacular and well-known holidays of Venice, which is able to enthrall and excite both tourists and Venetians. Information
City of Venice
Direzione Beni, Attività e Produzioni Culturali
San Marco 1529 - Venice
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Fax + 39 041 2747619
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