The Palio of the Ancient Italian Maritime Republics is a competition on galleons with eight rowers among the crews of the cities of Amalfi, Genoa, Pisa and Venice, organized in rotation in the four cities since 1956.
The Regatta is the living and vibrant sign of the bond that exist between the cities Amalfi, Genoa, Pisa and Venezia and their primary element: water, which is still a source of life and present-day wealth. The Regatta is a time when strength and the competitive spirit fuel the ancient pride that turns these men, these rowers, into the representatives of a whole world. It is their, as well as our own, identity that is symbolically represented in this competition and each crew brings to it its history and traditions.
The competition is preceded by the solemn historical procession, made up of costumed figures who, with flags, trumpets and drums, interpret episodes and characters linked to the maritime history of the city where the Regatta takes place.
The sports competition sees the crews of the 4 cities compete, each composed of 8 rowers and a coxswain, aboard boats, all built with the same parameters, which are distinguished in colors and figureheads.
For the figurehead that crosses the finish line first, the coveted gold and silver trophy created by the Florentine Goldsmith School which remains in the hands of the winning city for a year, to then be up for grabs again during the next Regatta.
Location: San Marco Basin, Venice
Opening: Saturday, June 1, 2019