We've moved from Baltimore, Maryland USA to Venice, Italy in pursuit of living our dream!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Regata Storica tomorrow!

Regata Storica, held every year on the first Sunday of September, is a joyous celebration in Venice. It consists of a historical boat parade followed by rowing competitions in the Grand Canal. The crowning glory of the day is the last race, the race of 2 man teams of gondoliers.

Earlier in the week the blessing of the gondolas  took place in front of Santa Maria della Salute Church in Dorsoduro.  Today people will be decorating their windows along the Grand Canal, in preparation for the big day. The Regata Storica started sometime in the 13th century to celebrate Venice's position as a maritime superpower. Today it is one of the city's most loved events, a spectacular display of color, costumes, pagentry, and rowing skills!

To whet your appetite for tomorrow's big event, I've pulled a few photos from my archives.

The Grand Canal is closed to all boat traffic in the afternoon, between 2 and 5 pm. If you are planning to take a vaporetto or water taxi somewhere along the Grand Canal tomorrow, forget about it.  Instead, find a piece of canal-side, make yourself at home and enjoy one of Venice's favorite celebrations with us.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

2:00 pm- historic boat processional down the Grand Canal
3:00 pm - youth race, two oars pupparini
3:20 pm - women's race in mascareta
3:50 pm - men's race in caorline, six man teams
4:20 pm - men's race in gondolini, two man teams

The reviewing stand for dignitaries, and the official finish line for the races is at Ca' Foscari.

I'm not sure where along the canal I will find myself tomorrow. I'm thinking perhaps at San Toma, or maybe close to the train station. Whereever I end up, I'll be taking more photos of the action. 


Anonymous said...

I love this beautiful Regata, I just wish I could be there!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I hope you found yourself a great position to watch the Regata Storica. What a shame your family were not still with you for this event, though you certainly organised a special few days for them, I enjoyed the post about their visit.