The regatta in Venice is one of three most important events in the city. After Venetian Carnival and Venetian Film Festival, it is the most well-known event among tourist and locals. It consists of a historical parade followed by races in different categories, which attract large numbers of tourists each year.
The regatta in Venice or in Italian Regata Storica is an annual event that consists of a historical boat parade and afterwards boat races. It is organized on the first Sunday in September, which means that the exact date will be different each year. Venetian regatta takes place on the Gran Canal, where locals and tourist cheer for their favorites and observe the parade from both banks of the canal.
The event starts with the historic boat parade, followed by races of different age groups in different categories. The historic parade evokes one of the historical events of the Venetian Republic. In 1489, Caterina Cornaro, the queen of Cyprus, reached Venice with a large entourage, after she had abdicated the throne of Cyprus in favor of Venice. This is why you can witness vessels operated by participants in costumes of that historic period together with the Doge of Venice (elected leader of the Venetian Republic) as well as the Queen Caterina Cornaro.
For a detailed program of each edition of the Venetian regatta we advise tourists to visit the official web page of this event.