Castello, Venice, Italy
The first Sunday in September.
These rowing races on the Grand Canal commemorate the welcome given to Caterina Cornaro, wife of the King of Cyprus, in 1489 after she renounced her throne in
Aiming, perhaps, to liven things up in a state known as La Serenissima (the Most Serene Republic of Venice), locals first
The races start in the Castello area and proceed west up the canal to the former convent of Santa Chiara, where the boats turn around a
2 – watch the Venetians row like it’s 1489.
For a bird’s-eye view of the warren of canals, climb the campanile (bell tower) on St Mark’s Sq.
More info: Venice Tourist Board
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