Hundreds enjoy Venice’s Historical Regatta as Gondoliers race up the Grand Canal 

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Hundreds of people gathered for a highlight of the Venetian calendar as colourful boats re-enacted the Historical Regatta sail along the Canal Grande in Venice, Italy this weekend.

During this year’s event, the first taking place after the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, numerous boats rowed on the Grand Canal to re-enact the glorious past of the Venice Republic. 

Venice was once one of Italy’s major maritime republics and its power and splendour are celebrated each September.

Gondoliers in historical costumes recreate carrying the Doge and his wife up the Grand Canal. There are four races throughout the day with the finish line located in front of the Ca’ Foscari palace. 

Amongst a thousand colours and costumed extras, the doge, elected lord and chief of state of Venice, the doge’s wife and the highest magistrate officers of the ancient Venice Republic are brought back to life to show the splendour and wealth of Venice’s glorious era.

Hundreds enjoy colourful splendour of Venice's Historical Regatta as costumed Gondoliers race up the Grand Canal

Hundreds enjoy colourful splendour of Venice’s Historical Regatta as costumed Gondoliers race up the Grand Canal

Boats with people re-acting the Historical Regatta sail along the Canal Grande this weekend in Venice, Italy

Boats with people re-acting the Historical Regatta sail along the Canal Grande this weekend in Venice, Italy

Dozens of colourful boats took to the Canal Grande filled with people in traditional costumes to celebrate the historic event

Dozens of colourful boats took to the Canal Grande filled with people in traditional costumes to celebrate the historic event

The regatta is a highlight of the calendar in Venice each year and is attended by hundreds of tourists and locals alike

The regatta is a highlight of the calendar in Venice each year and is attended by hundreds of tourists and locals alike

The event was the first to take place since the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown and many attendees donned masks

The event was the first to take place since the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown and many attendees donned masks

The historical regatta celebrates Venice's history as a once powerful and splendid maritime republic

The historical regatta celebrates Venice’s history as a once powerful and splendid maritime republic 

Tourists and locals come from far and wife to enjoy the pageantry of the historical regatta on the Grand Canal in Venice

Tourists and locals come from far and wife to enjoy the pageantry of the historical regatta on the Grand Canal in Venice

During this year's event, numerous boats rowed on the Grand Canal to re-enact the glorious past of the Venice Republic

During this year’s event, numerous boats rowed on the Grand Canal to re-enact the glorious past of the Venice Republic

Those taking part wore ornate 16th century costumes to reflect the historic splendour of Venice's maritime past

Those taking part wore ornate 16th century costumes to reflect the historic splendour of Venice’s maritime past

The event dates back to the 1300s when gondoliers began to organise races and is an important part of Venetian culture

The event dates back to the 1300s when gondoliers began to organise races and is an important part of Venetian culture

The boats involved range from grand and highly decorated to the more traditional Venetian gondoliers popular with tourists

The boats involved range from grand and highly decorated to the more traditional Venetian gondoliers popular with tourists

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