What will I see?
At the Regata Storica, Venice’s Grand Canal fills with 16th-century-style boats, with gondoliers in period costume. Other historical figures are also represented in this brightly coloured water parade – a part of the city’s traditions since the 13th century – including the Doge of Venice, the Doge’s wife and high-ranking Venetian officials.
When will I see it?
The timetable for the event is as follows:
4pm – Historical boats pageant
4.30pm – Twin-oared regatta of children’s boats
4.50pm – Young rowers twin-oared pupparini regatta
5.10pm – Women’s twin-oared mascarete regatta
5.30pm – Garda Lake bisse regatta
5.40pm – Six-oared Caroline regatta
6pm – International universities boat challenge
6.10pm – Twin-oared gondolini regatta
Where should I watch?
The races start in the Castello area and proceed west up the canal to the former convent of Santa Chiara, where the boats turn around a paleto – pylon – and race back to the finishing line at Ca’ Foscari palace.
A spectacular floating stage is situated at the finishing line near Campo San Vio. From this floating area, you can comfortably watch all of the regattas up close.
Tickets for the famous Machina – floating stage – are €60, and can be purchased from Venezia Unica ticket point.
If floating on the water doesn’t appeal to you, get a bird’s-eye view of the canals from the top of the Campanile – bell tower – in Piazza San Marco. Be warned, however, this option is not for those with a fear of heights.