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REGATA STORICA – THE HISTORIC REGATTA
Sunday, September 6th
Every year, on the first Sunday of September, the famous Regata Storica (Historic Regatta) takes place in Venice. It is a historical boat procession that features colorful 16th-century Venetian boats. The event is a reenactment of the visit to Venice by Caterina Cornaro, the Queen of Cyprus, which marked the beginning of the domination by the Serenissima Republic of Cyprus.
The Procession begins with characteristic Bucintoro, the galley of state of the Venice Doges, followed by the Bissone, the fast, richly-decorated, war boats of the Venetian rowing clubs and after this colourful parade the real competition starts: it is a Venetian-style rowing competition, the highlight of the day. Spectators passionately follow the event crowded on the shore, in floating grandstands and on boats tied up along the Grand Canal, rooting for, and encouraging their favorites, while the multi-colored boats glide quickly past.
The Historic Regatta is one of the most spectacular and well-known holidays of Venice, which is able to enthrall and excite both tourists and Venetians.
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