Regatta di Malamocco

The winners?

Rosso, Celeste, and Bianco for the men’s race in the caorline boats with 6 rowers. For the women, Viola, Marron, then Canarin for the mascarete boat with 2 rowers.

I went out to Malamocco today, which is an extension of the Lido island. There’s a series of boat races for the summer, with different contests each week, and these were the winners today.

Here are the women racers tying on their sashes before the race.


And the winners receiving their flag:


One of the teams looked like it was a mother and daughter. How cool is that?

I went with my friends B and Lorenzo.


The parrochia of Malamocco has a sagra or summer festival. A bunch of folks set up tables to sell stuff and raise money for the poor and for children’s programs. B and I each got these key hole faces, and I found a fabulous gondola pen knife for one euro.


When it was time to find a bathroom, we asked around and were told to go to the “mostra“or art show. B and I wandered down the street, past the houses with their festival banners.


Once we found the mostra, we had to look at the children’s artwork, and sign the guest book, and eat the candies that the “segretaria” insisted we try. Then we got to use the bathroom.

We followed this up with a bottle of prosecco and some fry fry (my friend Laura’s word for “too much fried food, sometimes unidentifiable”).


Then the priests crossed the road to bless something.

And the sun went down over San Marco.


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4 Responses to Regatta di Malamocco

  1. Yvonne says:

    What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday. I liked the price you had to pay to use the bathroom. 🙂

  2. Nancy Schwalen says:

    This looks like such a fun event. (I mean, it even has priests blessing something!)

    • Yeah, we were crossing the road when we saw a gaggle of priests crossing the other way towards the water’s edge, carrying crosses and censers. Usually priests do their rituals indoors.

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