REGATA STORICA


Great and splendid Regattas have always been held on numerous occasioons in Venice : the visit of a foreign prince, the election of a Doge or of a new Pope were the occasions on which the pomp and power of the Serenissima Republic were paraded before visitors’ eyes. The actual origin of the word "Regatta" has been lost. Some writers believe is stems from the Latin word "auriga" (from which the term "gara" - race - also derives) while others consider it a trasformation of the word "remicata", which is in turn from "remus". The third and most accepted theory is that in which the word "riga" (line) is seen as "remus". The third and most accepted theory is that in which the word "riga" (line) is seen as the origin, from the position of the boats at the start of the race.


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