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The Historical Regatta, Venice

The Historical Regatta is the main event in the annual “Voga alla Veneta” rowing calendar. This unique sport (only to take place in Venice once a year) has been practiced in the Venetian lagoon for thousands of years.

This year, the historical event took place on Sunday, September 4, 2016, at approximately 4:00 pm. Of course in true Italian fashion, it really didn’t begin until about 4:45 pm.

Before the official race begins, the Historical Water Pageant takes place. The music plays and the cheers begin as dozens of 16th-century style boats with gondoliers in period costumes bring the “Doge and his wife” up the Grand Canal.

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The water parade commemorates the welcome given in 1489 to Caterina Cornaro, the wife of the King of Cyprus, who renounced her throne in favor of Venice.

This was a memorable sight in a true reconstruction of the glorious past of Venice.

Today, the most popular race is the gondolini regatta (shown below).

Regata dei gondolini

Photo credit: regatastoricavenezia.it


The entire event was watched in our hotel room. It was a sight I will never forget and enjoyed every moment.


If you would like to read more or see the official brochure, click here:  http://www.regatastoricavenezia.it/rs.php?lang=en&pg=7&page=1&ed=2016




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