Re­gatta of the An­cient Ma­rine Re­publics

The me­dieval mar­itime re­publics of Venice, Genoa, Pisa and Amalfi re­sume old hos­til­i­ties dur­ing the fiercely con­tested, colour­ful palio sched­uled to be held on the Divine Coast.

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An an­nual event like no other, set against the back­drop of the crys­talline wa­ters that bathe the Amalfi Coast. This year, the pres­ti­gious 61st an­nual Re­gatta of the An­cient Mar­itime Re­publics will be held on the Divine Coast. An event es­tab­lished in 1955 to cel­e­brate the Repub­lic’s long-lost glory. Four galleons, each painted with the dom­i­nant colours of their Repub­lic (blue for Amalfi, white for Genoa, red for Pisa and green for Venice) bat­tle it out on a 200 me­tre course on the stretch of wa­ter be­tween Capo di Vet­tica and Ma­rina Grande, in Amalfi. The fact that the com­pe­ti­tion takes place on the open sea makes it even more ex­cit­ing and un­pre­dictable, due to change­able cur­rents and weather con­di­tions that are of­ten un­cer­tain. The crews, con­sist­ing of eight row­ers, two re­serves and a coxswain, brave the sea on board craft which though built along the lines of their 12th cen­tury coun­ter­parts are now crafted in fiber­glass, rep­re­sent­ing a per­fect com­bi­na­tion of the past and the fu­ture. An event that though par­tic­u­larly dear to Amalfi lo­cals is also an ab­so­lute must-see for tourists, who will find them­selves ab­so­lutely riv­eted by this one-of-a-kind event. The re­gatta be­gins with a solemn his­tor­i­cal pro­ces­sion em­body­ing four hun­dred years of his­tory, sum­ma­rized in four sig­nif­i­cant episodes. Amidst wed­dings and bat­tles, con­quests and dom­i­na­tions, the four cities re-en­act the most glo­ri­ous mo­ments of their his­tory. Three-hun­dred-and twenty cos­tumed ac­tors, 80 for each Repub­lic, pa­rade along the streets from Atrani to Amalfi while re-en­act­ing sig­nif­i­cant events, from the year 1000 to the be­gin­ning of the 1500s. The Re­gatta is the high­light of a week­end packed with sport­ing and cul­tural events and per­for­mances. Boast­ing 33 vic­to­ries, Venice ranks num­ber one with the largest num­ber of cham­pi­onship ti­tles, fol­lowed by Amalfi with 10 vic­to­ries, while Genoa and Pisa lag be­hind with only 8 wins.

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