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Historical Regatta of Venice: 1st sunday of September 2019 in Venice

The Historical Regatta of Venice: hours, date, history and useful information.
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Historical Regatta
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Event on first sunday of September 2019

The Venice Historic Regatta is certainly a singular event due to the uniqueness of its location and the taste of ancient history that is handed down to each edition. But approaching this show believing it is only commemoration and mere review of a bygone era would be the most gross mistake that the visitor can make. The Historical Regatta remains in fact the maximum moment of the rowing season that in these parts still scans the seasons, and together with the regattas of the Redeemer and of Burano and others that are held during the year, goes to form the calendar of a purely activity lagoon.

From where to see the Historical Regatta

For those who do not have a moored boat or a palace overlooking the Grand Canal, the solutions are given by the few spaces on the banks of the Grand Canal. In fact, the day of the Regatta is all a swarm of people who slip into the most diverse streets adjacent to the Grand Canal in the hope of finding a good and maybe quiet place. Which sometimes happens. If, on the other hand, you do not want to get lost among the streets and the crowds of people, you can buy some places on the floating tribune in the Grand Canal in San Silvestro, just before the Rialto Bridge.

Regata Storica Rates Historical Regatta Tribune

Non-residents in the Municipality of Venice: full € 60; children from 6 to 18 years old 30, children under 6 years free (without seat assignment and accompanied by an adult).

Residents in the Municipality of Venice: full: € 30; boys aged 6 to 18 years € 15; children under 6 years free (without seat assignment and accompanied by an adult). Residents of the Municipality of Venice are required to present an identity document.

- entrance to the grandstand starting at 15.45 from Campo San Silvestro / calle dei Sbianchesini
- Start of the event starting at 16.00
Tickets can be purchased on the official website of the Regata Storica or by calling the Hellovenezia call center +39.0412424 or at the Venezia Unica sales points:

- Piazzale Roma (in front of the Constitution Bridge) - from 8.30 to 18.30
- Piazzale Roma, IAT Municipal Autorimessa office from 8.30 to 18.30
- Tronchetto - from 8.30 to 18.30
- Santa Lucia station (opposite track 2) - 8.30 am to 6.30 pm
- Rialto (Actv ticket office) - from 8.30 to 18.30
- Academy (ACTV ticket office) - from 8.30 to 19.00
- Piazza San Marco 71 / f (Museo Correr entrance), IAT office - from 9.00am to 6.30pm
- Lido Santa Maria Elisabetta (Actv ticket office) - from 8.30 to 18.30

- Venezia Unica Agency, Via Lazzari 32 (Piazzale Cialdini) - from 8.30 to 18.30
- Marco Polo Airport, IAT office (at the arrivals) - from 8.30 to 18.30

Sottomarina: - Venezia Unica Agency, Viale Europa 2 / c - from 8.30 to 18.30

Dolo: - Venezia Unica Agency, Via Matteotti 15H - from 8.30 to 18.30


The word regatta seems to derive from the verb aurigare with the meaning to compete even if other solutions are proposed as the one that wants the term to derive from the striped for the line formation of the boats at the start.
The Venetian word then passed to other Indo-European languages: English, German, Turkish, Afrikaans and Dutch Regatta, French Régate, identical to Italian in Spanish and Portuguese.

Historically, the first news, fragmentary and confusing, come to us from the thirteenth century but only afterwards the Regatta enters right into the news being also represented by famous artists on their paintings vedutiste. It is not difficult, however, to hypothesize that spontaneous races of sailors in the lagoon and along the canals have always been born; the racing boat is in fact very similar to sandal, a flat-bottomed boat similar to footwear (sandalium in Latin), which results from documents already in use as a means of displacement from the sixth century. A.D.

Over the centuries the importance of the regatta grew so much that it was also portrayed in the famous Venice Plant by Jacopo De Barberi (1500) which thus inaugurated a pictorial subject that always received considerable success. Canaletto himself ventured to portray the Historical Regatta in the Grand Canal in 1732.

The regattas then characterized for more than six centuries the life of Venice celebrating lavish events and political events of importance such as that which was organized by the Serenissima for the Queen of Cyprus Caterina Cornaro, who had returned to the throne donated Cyprus to Venice (1489), a a very welcome gift given the strategic position of the island along the trade routes to the East.

With the fall of the Serenissima even the regattas experienced a crisis, even if the French did not resist the charm of the oar organizing a regatta for the wife of Bonaparte (1797) and then for the same Emperor (1807) visiting Venice.

The Regatta as it appears today, begins to take shape in the nineteenth century, when under the Austrian regime resumed competitions along the Grand Canal (1841) that had been interrupted with the fall of the Government of the Serenissima (1797). Later, when the mayor Filippo Grimani (1850 - 1921) inserted the event in the Biennale of Art, the words "Storica" ??were introduced to remember the glories and glories of the Serenissima (1899) and the historical procession of boats was also included of competitions.

Ceremonial procession of the Historical Regatta

The rowing competition is today proceeded by a procession of vintage boats with crews in traditional costumes crossing the Grand Canal in parade. This moment is intended to recall the magnificent procession that was organized by the Serenissima to the Queen of Cyprus Caterina Cornaro, who had previously donated her reign to Venice in 1489. On board the masked figures interpret Queen Caterina Cornaro, the doge and the dogaressa, accompanied by the highest offices of the Serenissima.

The Historical Regatta today

At the actual competition, different types of boats participate, but the most acclaimed is certainly the gondolini race brought by the champions that the whole city of Venice knows and admires. In the past, both remote and recent, there have been legendary names of champions who managed to win the Historical Regatta many times in their careers, becoming also king of the oar (title that comes with 5 consecutive victories). The winners are the glory and fame and cash prizes, in addition to the coveted flags: blue for the 4th classified (on which once appeared the pig to indicate a low speed), green for third classified, white per second (anciently light blue) and red for the winners.

King of the oar

- Luigi Zanellato (1881, 1889, 1890, 1891 and 1892)
- Albino dei Rossi known as Strigheta and Marcello Bon, known as Ciapate, (1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952)
- Giuseppe Fongher called Bepi and Sergio Tagliapietra known as Ciaci (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976
- Palmiro Fongher and Gianfranco Vianello called Crea (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983)

The regatta program

During the afternoon the program is really intense; there are various types of boats for each regatta, where there are 9 crews (one of the reserves is always present at the start in case of abandonment of a boat). This is the order of appearance of the boats at the departure of Bacino San Marco:

- Regata de le maciarele (children up to 12 years old)
- Regata de le maciarele (up to 14 years)
- Regata dei giovanissimi on two-oared pupparini
- Women's regatta on two-oared mascarete
- Regatta delle bisse of Lake Garda
- Six-oared caorline regatta
- Regatta on two-oared gondolini

Route of the Historical Regatta

The departure is from the San Marco Basin in front of the Gardens of San Marco where is the so-called spagheto, that is the thread aimed at marking the starting line. The boat procession then goes all the way along the Grand Canal passing under the Rialto Bridge to reach the paleto, that is a pole fixed at the bottom of the Grand Canal in front of the Santa Lucia Station. Here the boats veer (180 °) and often decide the final order upon arrival that is located along the Grand Canal in the vault de canal of Ca 'Foscari in front of the machina, a tribune of honor that houses all the personalities among the public and welcomes the winners for the awards in front of the press.

Race Awards

The first 4 classified crews are awarded cash prizes and traditional flags of different colors: red to the winners, white to the second (once it was light blue), green to the third and blue to the quarters (a yellow time with piglet depicted). But the most coveted prize is certainly the fame and the glory that accompany the winners for a whole year during which they are admired by all the lagoon regattas and by the entire citizenship.

In fourth place until 2002 a pig was also offered, symbol in this case of slowness but then, following protests by some animalist groups, it was decided to replace the animal with a piglet made of glass by the Promovetro Consortium of Murano.

The colors of the racing boats

The racing boats are totally painted monochrome according to a tradition that linked them to the Sestieri of Venice and the islands of the lagoon. Each boat is then distinguished by a number that corresponds to a position in the race course at the start from San Marco; this number is assigned by drawing lots to avoid favoritism due to the particular current and tide conditions. Only the reserve boat has two colors, red and green, and the letter R (to signal the reserve boat) instead of the number. Colors and numbers are so associated:

1 - White
2 - Yellow or Canary
3 - Viola
4 - Celeste
5 - Red
6 - Green
7 - Orange
8 - Rose
9 - Brown
R - Green and Red

Register of Gold Historical Regatta of the last years

Practically a dialogue between 4 persons the first position of the Historical Regatta in this century:

2018: Rudy Vignotto - Giampaolo D'este
2017: Rudy Vignotto - Igor Vignotto
2016: Rudy Vignotto - Igor Vignotto
2015: Rudy Vignotto - Igor Vignotto
2014: Ivo Redolfi Tezzat - Giampaolo D'este
2013: Rudy Vignotto - Igor Vignotto
2012: Rudy Vignotto - Igor Vignotto
2011: Ivo Redolfi Tezzat - Giampaolo D'este
2010: Rudy Vignotto - Igor Vignotto
2009: Rudy Vignotto - Igor Vignotto
2008: Ivo Redolfi Tezzat - Giampaolo D'este
2007: Ivo Redolfi Tezzat - Giampaolo D'este
2006: Ivo Redolfi Tezzat - Giampaolo D'este
2005: Ivo Redolfi Tezzat - Giampaolo D'este
2004: Rudy Vignotto - Igor Vignotto
2003: Ivo Redolfi Tezzat - Giampaolo D'este
2002: Rudy Vignotto - Igor Vignotto
2001: Rudy Vignotto - Igor Vignotto
2000: Rudy Vignotto - Igor Vignotto

Web site: Historical Regatta
Regata Storica
Giovanni Antonio Canal detto il Canaletto (Regata sul Canal Grande, 1732)

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