In the late 19th century, Mark Twain, the famous American author who wrote the world-renowned “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, came to Venice and dedicated most of his chapter in “The Innocents Abroad” on the urban Venetian life with reference to the traditional gondolas and their “captains”.
Witness the winner of the Historical Reggata become a part of Venetian history when you are in Italy on vacation in September.
The first Historical Reggata rowing boat race is the “Youngster Rowers” for men on pupparini boats with two oars.
The second race that you will witness if you attend this traditional event in Venice is the women’s race on the mascarete rowing boats.
After this comes the men’s race on heavy caorline rowing boats with six oars; these boats are no longer a part of the various boats used in Venice as these used to be used as a form of river transportation.
The last race of this Venetian event is the “Champions’ Race” which uses gondolini boats with two oars (these are similar to the gondola, however slimmer).
While you are on vacation in Venice, be sure to take the water taxi or water bus through and around the city’s numerous canals and witness the wonderful views of the city and its famous attractions and scenery.