Historic Regatta
Historic Regatta
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Venice was once one of Italy’s major maritime republics. This power and splendor are celebrated with decorated 16th century boats in the 'Voga alla Veneta' each September. Gondoliers in historical costumes recreate carrying the Doge and his wife up the Grand Canal. There are four races throughout the day, with the finish line located in front of the Ca' Foscari palace.
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Neighbourhood: Santa Croce
Santa Croce gained importance as a sestiere (district) when Piazzale Roma was created in the 1930s to bring cars and buses close to the center of Venice. Constitution Bridge spans the Grand Canal linking Piazzale Roma to the train station. This area buzzes with energy from travelers and students. Historic palaces and former industrial buildings house some departments of Ca' Foscari and IUAV Architecture universities. On the Fondaco dei Turchi, Venice's Museum of Natural History offers Venetians prehistoric thrills, plus an overview of lagoon fish and wildlife. The Grand Canal, northern boundary of Santa Croce, is lined with palaces and decorated by the tall green dome of San Simeon Piccolo. Ca' Pesaro attracts Venetians to its contemporary art exhibitions. The Grand Canal exposes only one face of these buildings. On the opposite side, the palace often interacts with a square or a busy street to represent its neighbourhood identity.
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Christine F
Colden, NY11,962 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We were lucky enough to be in Venice when this event took place. The historical regatta takes place on the first Sunday of September. This year it was 9/3/2023. A ceremonial parade along the Grand Canal. Historical boats manned by Venetians in costume. All different sizes of floats, boats, gondolas. Women, men, children. Colorful. This has been taking place for many years. Lots of history.
We are staying at the Hotel Rialto in a canal view room so we have the perfect place to view this glorious paradise down the Grand Canal. The hotel has placed red banners on the 2 windows in our room. They hang down so are visible to those watching this procession. I would guess the parade participants would see them also. It starts around 4:00 pm and ends about an hour or so later. While this takes place the Grand Canal was closed to regular traffic from about 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm.
I took tons of pictures and video. Loved being able to witness this spectacle!
Written 7 November 2023
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,370 contributions
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Sept 2021
This year 2021 the 'regata storica' in Venice was on September 5 (first Sunday in September). Despite covid restrictions it was again quite a spectacle with contributions from different communities in the city. The historical parade through the Grand Canal of course is the major event with the Doge and the Duchess in traditional costumes in a colorful beautifully decorated boat flanked by many others. Then there were the more competitive gondola races. It looks so easy to row while standing, though I know from experience how hard it really is.

It was hard to find a good spot to view the ongoings. Be there early. The program starts at 4PM, but at noon the best spots were already taken.

For me the highlight was Fellini's Rhinocerontess (an image of a great golden rino on one of the boats).
Written 11 October 2021
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Sharon
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Walked to the train station steps to get a good view of the Regatta, along with many others..we waited till around 4pm and finally the boats began to arrive, the decorations & pageantry were amazing..this was one of the highlights of our stay in Venice, highly recommend....
Written 1 October 2019
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Cynthia943
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Sept 2019
Had no idea this regatta would be taking place on the day we picked to arrive in Venice. Fortunately our hotel room looked right over the Grand Canal for this fun festival celebrating Venetian history and modern gondolier races. It did make a little tought when we arrived to get to our hotel as the Grand Canal was closed, so we had to used the alternate (and very crowded) vaparetto line and traipse across town via the Accademia bridge for about 10 minutes. Va bene, probably saw things we would have otherwise!
Written 13 September 2019
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Katherine8183
Auburn, NY2,756 contributions
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Sept 2018 • Solo
We were lucky to be in Venice on the first Sunday of September. This is when the Regata Storica takes place. It is a parade that includes many beautiful and historic gondolas going down the Grand Canal. Many of its participants dress in historic costumes or just dress for the fun of participating. Many gondolas are decorated too.
The event is crowded and you need to go early to find a good spot to view the parade. We tried watching from one of the many bridges crossing the canal but were constantly told to keep moving. Apparently, you are not allowed to stop on the bridges. We eventually found a spot to stand and watch and enjoyed the pageantry.
So glad we got to see this event. So memorable!
Written 22 January 2019
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gakpa
Hanover, PA118 contributions
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Sept 2018 • Couples
The regatta is a collection of old and ceremonial boats, many with people in period costume that proceed down the Grand Canal prior to the annual gondola races. There is nothing quite like it, we enjoyed both the regatta and the races that followed.We paid to sit at a table on the veranda of a canal-side hotel, but there are plenty of places where you can watch it for free, albeit in less comfort
Written 2 October 2018
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Renee L
Martinez, CA78 contributions
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Sept 2018 • Couples
This event is held during the first Sunday in September and it was a fortunate coincidence that we were in Venice for our honeymoon during this time. It is a fun & festive event--watching gondolas and other watercraft racing down the Grand Canal! Loved the Venetian costumes and historical wardrobes too. We watched the event from our room balcony and from the terrace at Hotel Palazzo Stern --both were the perfect vantage points.
Written 13 September 2018
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Lynda S
Phoenix, AZ234 contributions
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Sept 2018 • Couples
We are huge fans of this event, even arranging to be here in time to see it again for the 3rd time.

It starts at the bottom of the Grand Canal and ends up at the bridge by the Ferrovia (railway station).

It is a replica of the ships / gondolas that used to be rowed up and down the canal centuries ago. For this event people dress up for a historic parade followed by local teams racing a high other for bragging rights for the year. The racers used to turn around a stripped pole in the middle of the canal at Ferrovia too, but the Casino has paid heavily to help sponsor the event, so the pole has been placed there for the actual midway point instead.

The best way to see this is at a canal side table or sitting at the edge of the canal for the three hours or so it takes. It starts at 4 pm and canal life starts to resume around 7 - 8 pm.

It is one of those ‘should see’ events, Venice for the Venetians, you are just lucky to be there too.

Enjoy.....
Written 5 September 2018
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Trevor N
Jersey, UK808 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
We were having a few days in Venice before a walking holiday in the Dolomites and by chance realised it was the Regata on our first day. We changed our plans which had been for a lazy day and having done some research on the event (not easy) headed for the Grand Canal.

The Regata starts late afternoon, so you have day to find your viewing point, but don’t leave it until too late as the banks of the canal get very busy. It starts by St Marks Square and then proceeds down the Canal until just after the Casino where they turn around and (most) go back to the start. We watched down by the Casino on the opposite bank, which seemed to be more with the locals, rather than other tourists. There was a great atmosphere with chants from the crowds to welcome their friends, which led to salutes from the boats with oars held vertically.

Highly recommend this, particularly if you get away from main tourist area, but be prepared to stand for a few hours and then a long walk back as the water buses run a reduced service away from the Grand Canal so you have to find an operating line; and that’s another task...
Written 3 September 2018
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Deborah P
San Juan, Puerto Rico27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017
We got to experience the Regata Storica while visiting Venice and it was just amazing! We had just arrived to port when it all started and got to finish it by the Canal.
Written 10 February 2018
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