Giostra dell'Antenna rowing competition


Giostra dell'Antenna, the Darsena where the competition takes place and the flag-bearing pole Giostra dell'Antenna, the Darsena where the competition takes place and the flag-bearing pole The Giostra dell'Antenna (previously known as the Palio dell'Antenna) is the oldest of Livorno's rowing tradition, said to date from Medieval times.

The competition takes place in the old port, opposite the Scali Novi Lena, on the 21st May at around 6pm, the day before the city's patron saint day, Santa Giulia.

The city's 8 rowing teams take place in the race which consists in rowing towards a central 12-metre-high pole over a course of 600 metres and then climbing one of the ropes attached to the pole in order to be the first to snatch the flag known as the Cencio.

A marvellous painting in the Museo della Città depicts one particular Giostra dell'Antenna held in the 18th century to celebrate the arrival of the Grand Dukes. The painting, by Tommaso Gherardini shows a very splendid line up of ships representating all the foreign nations and their flags surrounding the arena of the competition.




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