The Regata Storica takes over the Grand Canal in Venice today

Added 05/10/2010

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The image of gondolas gently gliding down the Grand Canal conjures up the perfect image of Venice. Spectacular buildings line the canal, and a ride in a gondola is relaxation at its best.

But today, the Regata Storica will be held in the Grand Canal, which an altogether more energetic affair. Venice’s waterways are a key attraction of the city, and the Regata Storica is the perfect draw for visitors.

In addition to the renowned gondola, many other types of boats compete in a series of races along the Grand Canal. The Campioni su Gondolini is an exciting race to look out for, where sporting gondolas shoot down the canal towards the finishing line. There is also a spectacular water parade that showcases Venice’s colourful history, and at the centre of the event, a floating stage.

Many of the gondoliers in the Regata Storica wear traditional dress, so it’s the perfect event to introduce visitors to Venice’s unique culture.

Visitors and residents line the canal to watch the Regata Storica spectacle, and some are afforded the perfect view as they peer over the edge of balconies from the surrounding buildings.

Venice is a spectacular city for sightseeing. Not only is the Grand Canal a must-see sight, there’s also the Bridge of Sighs, Rialto Bridge and Doge’s Palace to enjoy. Waterways act as interconnecting ‘streets’, making Venice Europe’s biggest car-free zone. Venice was also made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

Venice is a magical place to visit, where masked entertainers add splashes of colour to the streets and the smells of delicious food wafts from delightful Italian restaurants.

If you want to take a ride in a gondola, they can be a little pricey, but if you’re willing to overlook the fee, it can be a delightful and memorable holiday experience.

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