Regata Storica 2015

a great event that combines history and sport in a not-to-be-missed afternoon!

06 September 2015


If you are planning a trip to the Venice lagoon, make a note of 6th September on your calendar: the Historical Regatta 2015! Venice, Italy, is ready to repeat one of its most charming traditional festivals!

The Regata Storica 2015 program in Venice does not change. Occurring, according to a well-established tradition, on the first Sunday of September, la Regata Storica Venice is one of the most anticipated annual calendar events in Venice, a unique and exciting way to get in touch with the spirit of Venice and one of its best known traditions: Venetian rowing.

On this page you can find information and tips about the event, the location of the Venice Historical Regatta , the Regata Storica 2015 route, the Historical Regatta Venice program and a brief description to better understand the significance of this great event that combines history and sport in a not-to-be-missed afternoon. Besides the history and folklore importance of the regatta storica (historic regatta), one should not forget that the Venice Regatta is the main event of the racing calendar of Venetian rowing, a discipline practiced only in the lagoon of Venice and the surrounding areas.

Venice Municipality - Historical Regatta in Venice 6 September 2015

Preliminary Program

  • 16.00 Historical parade

Colourful procession of traditional boats with costumed people, boats of the associations of Venetian rowing and gondolas on the Grand Canal

  • 16.30 Regatta on two oar mascarete for kids

Schie (up to 10 years, start at Rialto); regata storica maciarele Junior (under 12 years old, start at San Stae); Maciarele Senior (up to 14 years old, start at San Stae).

  • 16.50 Juniors regatta on pupparini - two oars

Castello Gardens, St. Mark's Bay, Grand Canal, Ca' Foscari

  • 17.10 hours Women Regatta on mascarete - two oars

Castello Gardens, St. Mark's Bay, Grand Canal, Rialto, around the paleto between Riva de Biasio and San Marcuola, Ca' Foscari

  • 17.30 Regata of Bisse of Lake Garda

Punta della Dogana, Ca' Foscari

  • 17.40 Regatta of caorline - six oars

Castello Gardens, St. Mark's Bay, Grand Canal, Rialto, around the paleto at St Lucia Venice railway station, Ca' Foscari

  • 18.00 Rowing International Challenge of Universities

Challenge between 8-oared galleons from Rialto to Ca' Foscari, between Ca' Foscari University, Iuav and teams from other universities.

  • 18.10 Regata storica Venice gondolini 2015 - two oars

Castello Gardens, St. Mark's Bay, Grand Canal, Rialto, around the paleto St Lucia Venice railway station, Ca' Foscari


The program of the Regata Storica 2015 parade opens with the expected Historical parade, one of the most anticipated moments of this intense day especially for tourists, eager to take part in a fascinating evocation of the glory and power of the ancient Republic of Venice. The extraordinary water parade formed by traditional colourful boats, some of which are used only in these particular events, with people in costume who interpret the upper echelon of the Venice Judiciary - the Doge and the Duchess - is a faithful reconstruction of the royal reception given to Catherine Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus, on her arrival in Venice in 1489, after her abdication in favour of the Republic.

The rowing competitions that follow the regatta of historic boats are considered the most important event of the entire Venetian rowing season and the winners are held in high regard by the practitioners of this fascinating discipline. The Venetian rowing is a special technique of rowing practices in the lagoon of Venice and the surrounding areas because of the peculiarities of the environment, which requires vessels that can be easily maneuvered and a stroke that allows one to easily monitor the seabed to avoid the numerous shoals and the low sandy coasts.

Those wishing to attend the event, take note of the 2015 regata storica route! The Grand Canal is reconfirmed as the undisputed stage of this event for both the historical parade and for the following competitions; the starting point - St Mark's Bay - and finish - Ca ' Foscari - coincide for both events, only the length of the route to be covered changes, which varies depending on the rowing competition.

The Historical Parade goes through the Canal Grande to the Constitution Bridge, then it reverses its course and goes back to Ca' Foscari. The Venetian rowing races that follow the historic re-enactment (Juniors Regatta on two-oared Pupparini, Women Regatta on two-oared Mascarete, six-oared Regatta of Caorline, two-oared Gondolini regatta, the categories are determined according to the age of rowers or the type of boat used) are lined up and kept in position at the starting line by a lanyard - spagheto - close to the Castello Gardens. After navigating along the Riva degli Schiavoni, they enter the Canal Grande and follow it to the category post, where the boats make a U-turn and then go through a stretch of the Grand Canal up to Cà Foscari. The main competitions of the Regatta Venice 2015 on the Grand Canal listed above are followed by others with different starting points: the two-oared regattas on mascarete reserved for children aged 10 to 14 years, departing from Rialto and San Stae; the Regatta of Lake Garda Bisse departing from Punta della Dogana; the International Rowing Challenge of Universities departing from Rialto. Even for the latter, the end point of the Venice Regattas 2015 always remains fixed at Ca' Foscari, near the largest floating stage - the so-called machine of the Historical Regatta in Venice - where the winners of the rowing competitions are rewarded by the authorities.

Among the various competitions scheduled at Venice Regatta, the regatta storica venice gondolini 2015 is one of the most anticipated: the long route - from the Gardens to the Constitution Bridge and back up to Ca Foscari - and the experienced rowers who compete for the victory, make it one of the most exciting races, full of twists and surprises from start to finish!

Visiting Venice in September when the Venice Regatta takes place is a unique experience: if you want to see the entire event we suggest you position yourself in the area between the Rialto Bridge and Ca' Foscari, in this stretch, in fact, both the Venetian parade and all other rowing competitions pass by. But be careful to position yourself well in advance! The best seats are always the most popular! Alternatively, if you just admire the regatta on the Grand Canal and watch the most important races, any point along the Grand Canal (from Punta della Dogana to the train station) will be fine. Even the Venetians take part in the Venice Regatta with enthusiasm and participation, and watch the Venetian parade and the races from the canal banks or by the beautiful buildings that overlook the regatta storica route. If you are looking for an exclusive location we recommend our tour Historical Regatta on the front row: where you will attend the event as protagonists, comfortably seated on board a traditional Venetian gondola!

Before we conclude, one final curiosity ... The colour of the hulls of the boats in the race is due to their positioning on the starting line! After the drawing of the positions for the start of the competitions scheduled at the 2015 Venice Regatta, the crews paint the boats according to the numbers assigned to them!

Do not miss the Regatta Venice 2015! Route and program of the Historical Regatta in Venice have been decided... On September 6 the Venice Republic is back to life to give the modern Venice a taste of its infinite magic!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff