Friday, May 3, 2013

The Festa del Capiteo

photos by Nereo Zane

One day I will live in Venice.
I'm determined to make that happen at some point in my life,
and it's events like this that continue to foster that hope.

Each year around the first of May there's a ceremony that takes place around a special capiteo in the lagoon betweek Venice and the mainland.
In my post from a few years ago I explained that:
A capiteo is a sort of shrine.
The Venetians are famous for having their own versions of words.

The Italian word is "capitello", but the Venetians
(always looking to soften an "L") call it a "capiteo".
Most of these little shrines are on the sides of buildings,

and I've also seen them along the sides of roads.

This capiteo is along the main boat channel that most follow when traversing the water to and from Venice.  This is where many GSVVM events take place, and it will always be a place that's dear to my heart.  I received many rowing lessons there from the late Arturo Moruccio, I've spent a lot of time there, and have many fond memories associated with that place.

If you've been around Venice, no doubt you've seen several of these shrines.

Ever wonder who builds and maintains these small religious landmarks?
In the case of this one, it's the folks who spend most of their time around it.
This year's ceremony was put on by two rowing clubs: the GSVVM and the Gruppo Sportivo Voga Veneta Riviera del Brenta.  The big red peata "Brentana" was a perfect platform for the ceremony.

Nereo Zane was there to capture everything, including some regata action.
I miss a lot of things about being on the water there, 
and photos like this bring it all to the forefront of my mind.

To see all the images from that day, go to Nereo's blog
and check out his post on the event.

Believe me when I tell you:
This is not the kind of thing you see on a typical tourist vacation.

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