Even now the Regata Storica is one of the most spectacular, picturesque and moving events of Venetian life, capable of both charming the tourists and exciting the locals. A historical procession commerorates the welcome give to Caterina Cornaro, wife of the king and Queen of Cyprus, in 1489 after she renounced her throne in favour of Venice. It is a procession of 16th century style boats, with the famous Bucintoro, the boat repressinting th Serenissima Republic of Venice, at its head.
Then comes the competition. The spectators partecipate cheering the partecipants throughout the whole race.