Wednesday, January 12, 2011


photo by Nereo Zane

Nereo Zane was in Venice recently for the Regata delle Befane.
Now and then we see photos of this unusual event.
It reminds me of a Halloween stunt - and makes for some great pictures.

I asked Nereo about this tradition, and here's what he said:
The befana (also known as marantega in Venice) is an old ugly woman who riding her broom brings cakes, candies, sweets and other gifts to babies and kids. Somebody says she's Santa Klaus wife.

Every year the Canottieri Bucintoro organize a (short) regatta on one oar mascarete whose participants are old members dressed like befane. The start is close to San Tomà and the end is just before the Ponte di Rialto.

To see more photos of the event, here's a link to Nereo's blogpost.
To see the whole blog, click here.

Men Dressed as Old Women, Rowing - now THAT'S worth watching!
Heck, some day I'd love to throw on a shawl and join the row.

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