The Regata Storica, or Historic Regatta, is an annual rowing event which has been taking place on Venice’s Grand Canal for hundreds of years. The most famous of all the regattas which take place in Venice each summer, of which there are over a hundred, this series of races takes the visitor back to the fifteenth century. Starting off with a colourful pageant on the waters with crew members wearing period costumes, the gondoliers recreate the transporting of the Doge and high-ranking Venetian members across the canal. Following the ceremony, it’s time for the highly competitive races to take centre stage. The most eagerly anticipated is the ‘Campioni su Gondolini’ which features a speedy flight of sporting gondolas battling for supremacy.
The Regata Storica usually takes place on the first Sunday in September on the Grand Canal in Venice. The event generally starts at around 4pm with a parade of the boats starting from St. Mark’s Bay, proceeding down the Grand Canal to the Santa Lucia train station and back up to Ca’ Foscari. The various races follow the ceremony. If you’d like to attend this incredible event in Venice, there is no better time to see the waters come alive. Fly into Venice’s Marco Polo Airport and either take the airport minibus service into the city centre or use one of the water-taxis or water buses to get you there. While you’re in the city, it may be worth investing in a City Pass which grants you discounted entry to various attractions and rides on public transport.
The reason that the regatta is held is to honour Caterina Cornaro, wife of the King of Cyprus, who in 1489 renounced the Cypriot throne in order that Venice could gain control of Cyprus. Upon her return to Venice, she was given a hero’s welcome and the aim of the Regata Storica is to recreate that scene.
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If you’re travelling to Venice for the regatta you’ll find plenty of things to see and do in one of the world’s most famous cities, such as: Doges’ Palace, St. Mark’s Square and the Palazzo Labia.
To find out more information about this famous event, please check out the official website where you’ll be able to view the 2018 programme as soon as it’s released, see pictures from previous events and learn more about the history of the regatta.
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