The first of the three most important rowing races that take place in Livorno every year.
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.
Festa della Repubblica (literally Festival of the Republic) is celebrated in Italy on the second of June each year.
The day commemorates the institutional referendum held by universal suffrage in 1946, in which the Italian people were called to the polls to decide on the form of government, following the Second World War and the fall of Fascism.
With 12,717,923 votes for a republic and 10,719,284 for the monarchy, the male descendants of the House of Savoy were sent into exile.