The Trofeo Gaetano D'Alesio 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 TAN - Trofeo Accademia Navale, an important week-long sailing regatta which brings the city alive with visiting teams and parallel events.
Maritime events begin in April with the sailing regatta known as the Trofeo Accademia Navale e Città di Livorno (‘Naval Academy and City of Livorno Sailing Trophy’), or the TAN. This sailing competition began in 1981 to celebrate the Naval Academy’s 100th anniversary. The regatta lasts for about a week and teams from all over the world take part in the various races. It normally coincides with the 25th April Liberation Day holiday.
25th April is a national holiday in Italy, commemorating the liberation of the country from the Nazis after World War II in 1945.
In Livorno the day is usually marked by a solemn ceremony in Piazza della Vittoria (Monument to the Fallen) and in Via Ernesto Rossi (Partisan plaque) during which wreaths of laurel are laid at these two reminders of those who died for their country during the war.
On a more practical level, banks and schools are closed and most people are on holiday from work. Friends and families get together for outings into the country or even to the beach if the weather is good enough.