Hidden treasures

The Historical Regatta and Women in Venice

Local Traditions

The Historical Regatta and Women in Venice

The Grand Canal in Venice has witnessed numerous regattas since the 1300s, and since then there have been scheduled races for women.

If you visit the Querini Stampalia Fondation Museum in Venice there is a room which hosts more than forty pictures, by Gabriel Bella (1790), that show several scenes of Venetian life, including a race of women.

The scene takes place near the Basilica della Salute, in front of St Mark's Square, and you can see a procession of gondolas with felze, the old coverage of these vessels, and the coloured peote, used by sailors; in the lower left corner you can also see the Bissona boat of the jury (an 8 oar, carved and decorated rowing boat). The palaces on the Grand Canal are decorated with carpets, curtains and drapes for the festival.

Among the various boats there are also two ballottine, so called because they were used for hunting waterfowl in the lagoon, hitting it with slingshots (ballotta in Venetian means in fact ball).

The ballottine served as the security service during the races: those who did not obey the injunction to make way to the competitors were hit with the slingshot.

History, tradition, legends and interesting facts told in person by the author of these article... If you want to discover other fascinating anecdotes, enquire now for your Venice personalized tour!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Venice: The reredos of the Chapter Hall of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice

Unknown places & works

When visiting the Scuola Grande di San Rocco in Venice - perhaps one of the most significant monuments of the lagoon city - one is alwa...

View

Vicenza: The Odeon cinema in Vicenza, one of the oldest in the world

Historical Curiosities

Perhaps not everyone knows that in Vicenza there is one of the oldest cinemas in the world, still open today! Originally the hall was a...

View

Venice: The bells of St. Mark’s Bell Tower in Venice

Historical Curiosities

St Mark’s Bell Tower in St. Mark's Square is one of the symbols of Venice, but not everyone knows that the original building collapse...

View

Treviso: Carlo Scarpa’s Brion Tomb in Altivole

Big Names

Near Asolo, the reign of the queen Catherine Corner, there is a small village called Altivole... Its cemetery is renowned for containin...

View

Top posts

Venice: The Rialto Bridge in Venice and the Doge's daughter

Mysteries & Legends

There are many stories and legends related to the famous Rialto bridge on the Grand Canal in Venice, but few people know the one that h...

View

Venice: Campo delle Gatte in Venice

Unknown places & works

The names of the streets in Venice can be very unusual… For example, when you walk around the Castello district, you will come across...

View

Venice: The Doge Enrico Dandolo and the conquest of Constantinople

Big Names

The history of the Venetian Republic was inextricably linked to the Doge's charismatic personality, but also adventurers and traitors, ...

View

Venice: The three wellheads of the San Trovaso Church

Historical Curiosities

In the charming Dorsoduro district in Venice, there is the ancient church of Saints Gervasio and Protasio, called San Trovaso in Veneti...

View