Go see the Regata Storica in Venice

Gondolas will parade down Rialto Bridge for the Regata Storica – a historic tradition which celebrates barges racing down the Grand Canal

Regata Storica is one of Venice’s most beautiful traditions. If you’re going on holiday to Italy this year, then make sure you see the Regatta Storica on the first Sunday of September.

Venice will be reviving the tradition of parading gondolas and barges along the Grand Canal. Lucky visitors will experience a colourful spectacle of the city’s historic wealth and naval power. If you want discover the cheapest hostels in Venice then you can find more information here.

Where? Castello, Venice
When? 4th September 2016 (4pm – 7pm)
What? Watch Venetian gondolas and sailors row their boats like it’s the 15th century

What is the Regata Storica?

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Image by Jon Mountjoy (Flickr/Creative Commons)

Regata Storica is the most popular Venetian rowing event of the year. The rowing race commemorates Caterina Cornaro, wife of the King of Cyprus, in 1489 after she renounced her throne in favour of Venice.

The modern day pageant has been held since 1825 and marks the annual trial of strength and courage for the city’s gondoliers and skilled rowers.

What happens at the Regata Storica?

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Image by Raging Wire (Flickr/Creative Commons)

The race begins with the procession of the bissone (eight-oared gondolas) alongside the Bucintoro boat representing La Serenissima. The Venetian boatmen will then parade down the Grand Canal where you’ll see historic bucio boats and the balotine (six-oared gondolas).

The races starts in the Castello district and proceed west along the canal towards the Santa Chiara former convent, where the boats turn around and race back to the finishing line at Ca’ Foscari palace.

Where are the best places to take photos?

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Image by fortherock (Flickr/Creative Commons)

You can see the boatmen getting ready if you head down to Arsenale before the scheduled start time. Then afterwards you should either head up to the Grand Canal or go to Accademia Bridge, where if you arrive early you’ll be in a great position to take photos.

Alternatively, you can get a bird’s-eye view from the top of the Campanile bell tower in St. Mark’s Square.

Budget accommodation in Venice

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Image by Alexandro Lacadena (Flickr/Creative Commons)

If you want to stay in a top budget hostel during your time in Venice, then take a look at here.

La Pescheria Backpackers is in the perfect location for budget travellers wanting to be close to Rialto Bridge. In this 600-year-old building, you’ll have a choice of private or dorm rooms. You’ll also be within walking distance of Venice’s most beautiful attractions. Rooms are available from €28.00

Generator Venice is situated inside a refurbished grain store in Giudecca, only five minutes away by vaporetto boat from St. Marks Square. Super friendly and clean, the boutique hostel has an international vibe and offers free Wi-Fi to all guests. Rooms are available from €37.00

*Image by Norma Gòmez (Flickr/Creative Commons)