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Discovering the Regata Storica, past and present of Venice.

Sunday 5th September, the season of rowing regattas culminates with the Regata Storica. It’s a day of celebration: the Venetian rowing festival. All of Venice seems to be gathered at the Grand Canal, watching the Regata from their own boats. Venetian rowing is a unique discipline in the world, practiced for millennia in the Venice lagoon. You row standing and forward, using only one oar instead of two: in any other place you generally row sitting and backwards, maybe using two oars…

The regattas in Venice are as old as the history of the city; they were established early on to train the crews at the oar. The first visual document of a regatta can be seen in the “Pianta di Venezia”, engraved by Jacopo dé Barbari in 1500. Since then, the regatta has marked the representation of a “festal” Venice in the works of quite a few generations of artists. Around 1740, Canaletto painted a regatta on the Grand Canal, just like today.

The Regata Storica is made even more spectacular by the opening procession of antique vessels that precedes the rowing races. The brightly colored parade consists of tens of 16th century-style boats, carrying gondoliers in historical costume, the Doge, the Doge’s wife and high-ranking Venetian officials up the Grand Canal.

After the pageant, four separate rowing races along the Grand Canal take place, each one on different boats: the first regatta is reserved for the young on pupparini, the second one for male crews on six-row caorline, the third one for women on mascarete with two oars and the last one, the most awaited and exciting, is the race of the gondolini. Discover the boats of the Regata storica

Find out more about the hostory of Regata Storica

[fonte: La newsletter di Venezia, N° 17/2021 del 16.08.2021]
[photo by Vela]

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