The Historical Regatta

A RETURN TO THE PAST

The Historical Regatta in Venice

Sunday, Sep. 1st, 4pm

Venice, Venezia, Italy

Venice, Veneto

The Regata Storica is practised along the Gran Canal the first Sunday of September.

The event

This unique sport has been practised in the Venetian lagoon for thousands of years and today it is particularly well-known for the spectacular historical water procession that precedes the race. In fact scores of boats typical of the 16th century with gondoliers in period costume, carry the Doge, the Doge's wife and all the highest positions in the Venetian officials along the Grand Canal. An unforgettable sight and a real reconstruction of the glorious past of one of the Republics most powerful in the Mediterranean. Today there are four races divided in terms of age and type of craft. The best known and most exciting of these 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.

History

The Historical Regatta starts with the colourful procession on water, formed by the Bissone, the Bucintoro and the boats of the venetian boating clubs; the event commemorates the Queen of Cyprus, Caterina Cornaro, coming to Venice, who marked the beginning of the Serenissima rule over the Mediterranean islands. The historical parade has now just a picturesque importance, memory of the far economical and political greatness of Venice on the seas, while the regattas represent today the climax of the agonistic season in the world of the Veneto's boating: who win that day means to become a part of the history of this sport and of Venice.

Programme

THURSDAY 29th AUGUST 2013
6.00 pm PRESENTATION OF THE TEAMS AND BENEDICTION OF THE GONDOLINI
Campo della Salute - with the accompaniment of Coro Serenissima

SUNDAY 1st SEPTEMBER 2013
4.00 pm HISTORICAL AND SPORT WATER PROCESSION
parade along the Grand Canal by historical crafts with costumed teams, boats and gondolas of the Venetian boating associations (Voga alla Veneta).
Course: from St. Mark's Bay all the way down the Grand Canal

4.45 pm MACIARELE AND SCHIE REGATTA: regatta on mascareta dedicated for children.
Categories:
- Schie (under 10 years). Course: from Rialto to Ca' Foscari
- Maciarele Junior (under 12 years). Course: from San Stae to Ca' Foscari
- Maciarele senior (under 14 years). Course: from San Stae to Ca' Foscari

5.00 pm YOUNG ROWERS WITH PUPPARIN REGATTA
Course: the Castello Gardens, St. Mark's Bay, Grand Canal, Rialto, and back to finish at Ca' Foscari

5.20 pm WOMEN WITH MASCARETA REGATTA
Course: the Castello Gardens, St. Mark's Bay, Grand Canal, Rialto, and back to finish at Ca' Foscari

5.40 pm GARDA LAKE REGATTA
Course: from Punta della Dogana to Ca' Foscari

5.50 pm CAORLINA REGATTA
Course: the Castello Gardens, St. Mark's Bay, Grand Canal, Rialto, and back down the Grand Canal to finish at Ca' Foscari

6.10 pm, INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY BOAT CHALLENGE: challenge on galeoni boat by the teams of the Ca' Foscari and Iuav Universities of Venezia versus the teams of the Universities of Bari, Vienna, Warwick and Zagabria.
Course: From Rialto to Ca' Foscari

6.20 pm GONDOLINO REGATTA
Course: the Castello Gardens, St. Mark's Bay, Grand Canal, Rialto, and back down the Grand Canal to finish at Ca' Foscari

Offers

Venezia Marketing & Eventi offers you to discover and live the Regata Storica 2013 through the following interesting suggestions, that you can take in a unique package:

1) FLOATING PLATFORM OF SAN TOMA'
You can attend the Regata Storica 2013 comfortably seated on the platform set up near Campo San Toma'. The floating platform, set in one of the most beautiful and spectacular route along the Grand Canal.

2) NEW 2013 SUGGESTION: GUIDED TOURS "VENICE AND THE REGATA STORICA"
A guided tours in Venice concerning the origins of this old tradition, from the beginning of the republic of St. Mark to the present edition. The tours begin in the railway station square and sign fundamental stages of this ancient tradition, explaining even the development of the contemporary version. The tour ends near the Accademia bridge, to admire the final port of Grand Canal and basin of St. Mark. The guided tours can be bilingual ( Italian + English or French ).

GUIDED TOUR + TRIBUNE SAN TOMA'
All guided tours can be buy at special prices in combination with seats in the tribune of St. Tomà to attend the Regata Storica.

SPECIAL TOUR REGATA STORICA: GUIDED TOUR + "MACHINA"
Special tour with limited availability, starting at 2.00pm of Sunday 1nd September and ending at Ca' Foscari, attending the Regata Storica from the "Machina", scenographic floating tribune installed on the finishing line of the regattas.

3) DISCOVER AND LIVE THE REGATA STORICA AT THE CASINÒ DI VENEZIA
The Casinò Municipale di Venezia and Casinò di Venezia Meeting & Dining Services offer, on Sunday 1nd September 2013 at 1.30pm, an exclusive brunch with the opportunity to attend the Regata Storica from the terrace that will be installed by the Casinò along the Grand Canal.