The Bisse Regatta
Among the most fascinating traditions that the towns of Lake Garda preserved over time, is the Bisse Regatta which is definitely worth attending. In fact, the origin of this competition is ancient, as the first known regatta took place in 1548. The Bisse are boats typical of the Garda region, the use of which dates back to the Venetian Republic era. Their peculiarity is in their length, over ten meters, and their flat base that holds four athletic oarsmen rowing “Venetian-style”, in essence while standing, as they compete with other boats participating in a regatta that reaches several milestones and several towns along the lake. It is an exciting demonstration of sport and tradition in order to win the famous “Flag of the Lake”, and the winners, today just like in the past, get to parade with their Bissa in major international exhibitions, such as the historic Regatta of Venice.