There are several boat races in the Venetian lagoon from May through September, and the last one of the season is the Burano Regatta – the Regata di Burano in Italian. It is, as the name suggests, at the island of Burano, one of the islands in the Venetian lagoon popular for its brightly-painted houses and tradition of lace-making. Should you find yourself in Venice in September, make a point to check out this historic race.
The Burano Regatta takes place each year on the third Sunday in September, and the race route is from the nearby island of Sant’Erasmo to Burano itself. There are separate competitions for men and women, but all the boats are powered in the traditional Venetian manner, with rowers standing up.
While the Burano Regatta is an independent race of its own, it is often considered to be a rematch of Venice’s famous Historic Regatta – the Regata Storica – which takes place in early September. The Burano race has thus earned the nickname of “Rivincita della Storica,” or “return match of the historic regatta;” since the vanquished get a second chance at beating their rivals.
As with any boat race in Venice, the Burano Regatta is visible from plenty of points on the land, so it’s free to watch – just keep in mind that these popular races can draw crowds, so you may get stuck with a not-so-great view if you don’t show up early. The races typically start in the afternoon around 3:30pm, with events continuing for 2-3 hours.