A day’s celebration of rowing kicks off with a spectacular historical procession, down the Grand Canal, of ornate boats rowed by locals in 16th century costume held during the first Sunday in September.
Four races follow, and the finishing line is at the Volta, the sharp curve on the Grand Canal, where the judges preside and the prizes are presented.
If you are not one of the lucky few to have a window overlooking the Grand Canal the event can be viewed from the public roads and campi boardering the Canal, or by booking a place on one of the “Machinas”, floating platforms on the Canal. Avoid the bridges, though, as the police keep them cleared to allow passage.
See tradition and pictures of the historical Regatta on http://venicexplorer.net/tradizione/storica.php?hlangs=en