This Sunday, Venice’s Grand Canal will be transported back to its glorious past at the Regata Storica, the main event in the annual “Voga alla Veneta” rowing calendar. 16th-Century-style boats carry local dignitaries along the Grand Canal surrounded by gondoliers in colourful period costumes, followed by four boat races. Check out our favourite photos of the water pageant.

A couple dressed as the Doge (mayor) and the Doge’s wife (Carlo Morucchio/Robert Harding)

Regata Storica 2012, Venice, Veneto, Italy, Europe

The highest ranking Venetian officials parade up the Grand Canal (Carlo Morucchio/Robert Harding)

Historical water pageant during the Regata Storica 2009, Venice, Veneto, Italy, Europe

Scores of boats at the historical water pageant (Carlo Morucchio/Robert Harding)

Regata Storica 2012, Venice, Veneto, Italy, Europe

The “Campioni su Gondolini” race (Carlo Morucchio/Robert Harding)

Regata Storica 2012, Venice, Veneto, Italy, Europe

Gondoliers in period costume (Carlo Morucchio/Robert Harding)

Historical water pageant during the Regata Storica in 2009, Venice, Veneto, Italy, Europe

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