During the Regata Storica in Venice (first Sunday in September) you will be able to watch a procession of ornate boats grace the Grand Canal of Venice. Local Venetians, dressed in 16th Century costumes, will man the boats. And once they have rowed past, the boat racing will begin. It is a popular event amongst locals and visitors alike. The race will finish between Palazzo Barbi and Ca’ Foscari – where there is a sharp curve in the Grand Canal.