Historical Regatta of the Maritime Republics of Italy: Amalfi, Genoa, Pisa and Venice

Historic Regatta – Parade of Venice – Photo © De Maio Agostino
Historic Regatta – Parade of Venice – Photo © De Maio Agostino

History of the Regatta

The idea of ​​a manifestation of an eminently historical, which could evoke the radiant enterprise of the Maritime Republics of Italy, was formed at the end of the 40s of last century, regardless of the minds of two lovers: the Pisan Mirro Chiaverini and the ‘Amalfi Francesco Amodio. The articles of association of The Regatta of the Four Maritime Republics was signed in Amalfi December 10, 1955.
Since then every year the event, which is the parade of historical parades and a rowing contest, takes place in turn in the four maritime cities

Boats of Venice and Amalfi just before the Historical Regatta – Photo © De Maio Agostino
Boats of Venice and Amalfi just before the Historical Regatta – Photo © De Maio Agostino

The Regatta

It ‘a rowing contest made by galleons, reconstructed models of the twelfth century., From Alvio Vaglini, driven by eight oarsmen and guided by a helmsman. The four boats, 11 meters long, weighing 760 kilograms and a fixed seat, were launched on June 9, 1956 Riva dei Giardini Reali and blessed by the patriarch of Venice, Angelo Roncalli.

Costume Parade maritime republics – Photo © De Maio Agostino
Costume Parade maritime republics – Photo © De Maio Agostino

The hulls of the galleons are painted with the traditional colors of the four maritime cities (Amalfi: blue; Pisa: red; Genoa: white; Venice: green) show the castle at the stern with the flag of each republic and a figurehead on the bow. So Amalfi uses a winged horse which, together with the siren, was one of the main reasons used by the figureheads of the galleys medieval Genoa instead the dragon evoking his Protector S. George, Pisa shows the German imperial eagle in memory of the faithful to the cause Swabian and collaboration offered by the Ghibelline Republic Tuscany, Venice has the lion of St. Mark as a symbol of its patron saint.

Parade maritime republics of Amalfi – Photo © De Maio Agostino
Parade maritime republics of Amalfi – Photo © De Maio Agostino

The race course is 2000 meters line. In Amalfi the race begins from Cape Vettica at a promontory on which stands a tower viceroy of the sixteenth century. The course then moves in front of the winding west coast to finally reach Amalfi, where the finish line is placed in front of the Marina Grande and the dramatic backdrop of Mount Aureo with the Torre dello Ziro, the former monastery of St. Lorenzo Plan, the district chief of the Cross, the former convent and the tower of St. Francis.

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