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For all Venetians and foreign visitors, on Sunday 2nd September will take place the famous Venice Historical Regatta.
It is the main event in the yearly “Voga alla Veneta” rowing calendar. This unique sport has been practiced in the Venetian lagoon for thousands of years and today it is well-known for the spectacular historical water parade preceding the race.
Many 16th century-style boats with gondoliers in period costume carry the Doge, the Doge’s wife and all the Venetian officials along the Grand Canal in a brightly coloured parade.
An unforgettable show and a real reconstruction of the glorious past of one of most the powerful Maritime Republics of the Mediterranean.
The regatta is made up of four races according to the age and kind of boat. The most known and exciting is the “Campioni su Gondolini” race, where a series of small, sporting gondolas fly down the Grand Canal to the finishing line at the famous “machina”, the spectacular floating stage located in front of the Ca’ Foscari palace.
The regatta has always been very popular among both Venetians and visitors. The first historical record of the event dates back to 13th century, when it was part of the “Festa delle Marie” celebrations. However, it is likely that regattas existed long before this, as Venice has always been a seafaring city and training reserves of oarsman was a prime necessity.
The parade will go along the Grand Canal from the basin of San Marco at 4 pm . At 5 pm there will be the regatta of young “pupparini” with two oars; at 5.20 pm there will be womens’ twin-oared Mascarete regatta; at 5.50 p.m the six-oared Caoriline regatta and at 6.20 pm the twin oared Gondolini regatta.
You can read the full program of Venice Historical Regatta 2012 on the official website of the event.
For having more information about the city of Venice, finding and booking a hotel, please have a look at the tourist guide About Venice.
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