As with most things, the Italians like to do it just that little bit better and with more style. On a Sand Barge Cruise on the Brenta River you will not just be sitting back and taking in the sights, you will also be taking part in one of the most historical and popular events in the country, a truly unique experience.
Your cruise vessel from Go Barging starts its journey in the incredible city of Venice. She is a stylish and intimate 6 passenger sand barge. Don’t be put off, she has been refurbished to very high standards and is fully air conditioned. All cabins are en suite with 2 double staterooms and 1twin, there is a spacious dining room, lounge and bar and a large amount of deck space with comfortable sun loungers to relax and watch the scenery of the canalised Brenta River go by.
This cruise is unique and gets off to an amazing start because you will be in the middle of the action at one of Venice’s most attractive events, the Regatta Storica or Historical Regatta. As guests aboard the sand barge you can sit back on deck in front of St. Marks Square in the Canal della Guidecca and watch as the regatta passes right in front of your eyes. This is one of the most traditional events to take place here and dates back to 1315; originally organised to celebrate military heroes or foreign dignitaries, today it is a made up of the historical parade and the rowing races. The festa starts with a colourful procession of the boats from the two teams of the Venetian Rowing Clubs and is followed by the first race for the young men in their one or two oared ‘pupparini’. This is a very proud moment, it may be an old tradition but it is still taken very seriously and a matter of great pride for the winners. The day closes with the finale ‘champions’ race’ where gondolioni are used to negotiate a long and gruelling course. In true Italian style the festivities go on well into the night with fireworks and celebrations.
After the all the excitement the day before your barge travels for a further 5 days until it reaches the final port of Padova. Amongst some of the other moorings are.
- Torcello. An island lagoon with a beautiful Byzantine cathedral.
- San Francesco del Deserto Island with its monastery.
- San Lazzaro degli Armeni famous for its library and where Lord Byron spent 6 months studying.
- The island of Murano and an opportunity to visit one of the glass blowing workshops that this area is famous for.
- Venice. Take to a smaller vessel for a tour of the Grand Canal and a tour of the Doge’s palace with free time to wander the streets of Venice and take in some of the sights.
These cruises are something a little different, they still visit some wonderful ports of call but as guests you will have the opportunity to be involved making it something to remember. This is not the only chance to get involved there are many other similar events throughout the year on the River Po and the Venice Lagoon, so if you miss this one there will be other opportunities.