The Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics in Pisa

Since July 1st, 1956, the Regatta (or Palio) of the Ancient Maritime Republics has been held in turn in one of the four towns that participate in the contest: Amalfi, Genoa, Pisa and Venice. It takes place between the end of May and the beginning of June.

And every edition attracts the snaps of the cameras of thousands tourists, both Italian and foreign.

What are its rules?

They are very simple: four 12-metre boats weighing more than 700 kilos and crewed with eight oarsmen and a cox vie with each other in a 2-kilometre regatta. In Pisa, the crews row upstream along the Arno from the Aurelia bridge up to the Prefecture.

The boats bear the colours and the symbol of the town they represent: Pisa`s boat is red and has an eagle on the fore; Genoa`s is white and has a dragon; Amalfi`s is blue and has a winged horse; and Venice`s is green and has a winged lion.

The boat/town that breaks the tape first wins a gold-and-silver trophy by the Florentine goldsmith school.

Therefore, as you are planning your next holidays in a Tuscan villa, do not forget to check up on where the next edition of the Regatta (or Palio) of the Ancient Maritime Republics is going to take place.

If it is going to take place in Tuscany, we suggest you to look for a villa along the lungarni in the ads for holiday villas for rent in Pisa : this way you will have the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular event from a privileged point of view.


Our most requested villas:
Villa Castiglioncello Villa sleeping 8+2 in Castiglioncello, in the province of Livorno, in Val di Cecina. Barbecue, Internet connection, air conditioning, wide garden, bicycles. The villa is just a few kilometres from the beach. Tennis club, riding stable and golf club nearby. More details
Farmhouse Buti Holiday farmhouse dating back to the 17th century in the medieval village of Buti, between Pisa and Lucca, a few kilometres from the beaches of Versilia. 8 sleeping accommodations, swimming pool, panoramic terrace. More details
Villa Casciana Holiday villa for rent in Lower Valdarno, between Pisa and Livorno, in Casciana Terme. 6/8 sleeping accommodations, swimming pool, air conditioning, barbecue equipment, hydromassage, satellite TV, Internet connection, tasting, cooking courses. SPAs nearby.
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Villa Chiara Holiday villa with annex in Chianni (Pisa), in Valdera. 16/19 sleeping accommodations, fenced swimming pool, sauna, hydromassage, Internet connection, private tennis court, children`s playground, bowl pitch. A few kilometres from Rosignano Solvay and its beaches; thermal bath nearby.
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