An event not to be missed in Venice is the Historical Regatta on 1 September. This is a rowing race, a discipline practised for thousands of years in the Venice Lagoon. Before the actual race, the event is made even more spectacular by the famous historical procession: a parade of dozens and dozens of typical sixteenth-century boats, accompanied by costumed gondoliers carrying the Doge, the Dogaressa and all the highest officials of the historic Venetian judiciary.¬†
The race is divided into four competitions, classified by age and type of boat. The most exciting regatta is that of the champions on gondolini, who row along the Grand Canal up to Palazzo della Ca ' Foscari.¬†
You can take part in the Historical Regatta comfortably seated on the floating stand set up along the Grand Canal, near the ACTV stop of San Silvestro (one of the most strategic positions for the best view ????).¬†
From 4:00 pm Historical-sporting procession: parade of historic boats and gondolas along the Grand Canal. Route: San Marco Basin, Grand Canal, Rialto, Ferrovia [Railway Station] and return along Grand Canal up to Ca' Foscari.
From 4:30 pm Maciarele and Schie Regatta: this is a regatta reserved for young people. Route: various points in the city including Punta della Dogana, Rialto, San Stae and Ca' Foscari.¬†
From 4:50 pm Regatta for the very young on two-oared Pupparini. Route: San Marco Basin, Grand Canal, around the paleto [pole] at Ca' Farsetti and arrival at Ca' Foscari.
From 5:10 pm Six-oared Caroline regatta. Route: San Marco Basin, Grand Canal, Rialto, return along Grand Canal and arrival at Ca' Foscari.¬†
From 5:40 pm Women's regatta on Mascarete with six oars. Route: San Marco Basin, Grand Canal, Rialto, return along¬† Grand Canal and arrival at Ca' Foscari.
From 6 pm:10 Two-oared Gondolini regatta. ¬†Route: San Marco Basin, Grand Canal, Rialto, return along¬† Grand Canal and arrival at Ca' Foscari.
For more information on prices for watching the race seated on the floating stand, see the official website¬†
If you are staying at Camping Jolly, the regatta and the historical procession on 1 September are an experience not to be missed in Venice!¬†
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