The Trofeo Gaetano D'Alesio - renamed the Trofeo della Liberazione in 2015, is the first in the season of Livorno's Rowing Races. It was begun in 1999 in memory of Gaetano D'Alesio, ship owner and founder of the D'Alesio Group in Livorno.
The competition is held each year on 25th April, a national holiday in Italy. It also coincides with the Regatta dell'Accademia Navale - an important week-long sailing regatta which brings the city alive with visiting teams and parallel events.
Beginning in the morning with heats for both categories of boat - the four and ten-man gozzi - the finals are held late morning, in the old Mediceo port.