Rowing

A Year of Rowing Races in Livorno

One of the ten-man Gozze used in Livorno's rowing racesOne of the ten-man Gozze used in Livorno's rowing races Livorno’s division into ‘Rioni’ is never more heartfelt than during the city’s annual rowing races. There are three main races and several others,  eleven of them in all, beginning with the Coppa Gaetano D’Alesio (re-named the Trofeo della Liberazione in 2015) in April and ending with the Palio delle Circoscrizioni in August. The most important events are the Coppa Risiatori, Coppa Barontini (both in June) and the Palio Marinaro (in June/July).

Coppa dei Risiatori

The first of the three most important rowing races that take place in Livorno every year.
Coppa dei Risiatori - the Finishing LineCoppa dei Risiatori - the Finishing Line It takes place on the first or second Sunday in June. Unlike the other two (Coppa Barontini and Palio Marinaro) the Coppa Risiatori involves two different routes, one for the 10-man boats and one for the smaller gozzette. The ten man teams depart from the Meloria Tower out at sea (about 5km from the entrance to the Port of Livorno). The finishing line is on the Scali Novi Lena, in the heart of the Borgo Cappuccini district.

The overall distance is 7600 metres, which the teams cover in about 35 minutes. Spectators watch the race from boats out at sea or wait for the arrival of the winning team on the Scali Novi Lena. The race, the hundreds of boats that follow the teams, and the crowd of spectators and supporters is well worth watching.

Il Palio Marinaro

Livorno's most important rowing race

Spectators at the Palio Marinaro, LivornoSpectators at the Palio Marinaro, Livorno Livorno’s Palio Marinaro is the most important rowing race of the year. It takes place in June/July and is the only race which decides the running for the following year’s races. The venue for the Palio is the open sea, opposite the Terrazza Mascagni.