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11/09/2022

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Ponte di mezzo
Lungarno Mediceo
56100 Pisa


The 67th edition of the Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics will take place in Pisa on Sunday 11 September, preceded by a sumptuous historical parade that is the central moment of the entire event. Through it, each Maritime Republic relives its glorious past, proposing episodes and characters that marked its history.

The Regatta (or Palio delle Antiche Repubbliche Marinare) was established in 1955 to commemorate the exploits and rivalry of the four Italian Maritime Republics: Amalfi, Genoa, Pisa and Venice. The regatta takes place every year on a day between the end of May and the beginning of July, and is hosted in rotation between these cities.

The regatta is preceded by a historical parade, during which a number of figures parade through the streets of the organising city, dressed in the historical costumes that characterised each republic.

Each boat is recognisable by the colours with which it is painted and by the figureheads, i.e. the wooden sculptures (made of fibreglass) on the prow depicting the animal symbol of each city. The Amalfi boat is identified by its blue colour and winged horse, Genoa’s is white with a dragon (symbolising St George, the city’s patron saint), Pisa’s is red with an eagle (symbolising the ancient link between the Republic of Pisa and the Holy Roman Empire) and Venice’s is green with a winged lion (symbolising St Mark the Evangelist, the city’s patron saint).

The Regatta takes place over a 2 km long course, which differs depending on the location. In Pisa it takes place along the river Arno, while in other cities it takes place at sea or in the lagoon.

The winning city of the Regatta receives a gold and silver trophy, representing a galleon supported by four hippocampi, under which appear the coats of arms of the four Maritime Republics. The winner holds it for one year, until the next edition.

Programme under construction