The Lucia Regatta – Regata di Lucie

The Lucia RegataOnce a common fisherman’s boat and used as everyday transportation by the inhabitants of Lake Lecco and Lake Como, The Lucia, was immortalized in Alessandro Manzoni’s romantic tragedy, The Betrothed (I Promessi Sposi). Manzoni describes Lucia’s sentimental and moving departure from the banks of the Adda River in the chapter “Farewell to the mountains” (“Addio ai Monti”) when Lucia rows her boat away escaping from the terrible villains, L’Innominato and Don Rodrigo, and searches for her true love, Renzo.

The Lucia (La barca di Lucia) is made of wood and is easily recognized by its three wooden arches much like those used on wagons in the early exploratory days of America. The arches served as a frame to hang fishing nets, or in bad weather, a tarp to cover and protect the passengers. There are no motors or sails, they must be rowed.

Every year in Lecco and the surrounding towns, Lucia boat races are held. It’s a beautiful sight to see the old –fashioned boats floating peacefully across the lake at sunset. The participants often dress in period costumes as well. Afterwards there are celebrations and a small festival in the main plaza.

Event organizer Gruppo Manzoni Lucie

REGATA DATES 2016

Thursday 2 Jun – OLGINATE

Sunday 5 Jun – CALOLZIOCORTE

Saturday 18 Jun – PESCATE

Sunday 26 Jun  – MALGRATE

Sunday 10 Jul – VERCURAGO

Sunday 17 Jul – ABBADIA LARIANA

Saturday 23 Jul – OLIVETO LARIO

Saturday 27 Aug – LECCO

Saturday 10 Sep- GARLATE

Sunday 25 Sep – DERVIO

Sunday 2 Oct – BELLANO

 

Main photo by Elios Amati via Wikimedia Commons
Other photos by Celia Abernethy

You can read more about The Betrothed on Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Betrothed_(Manzoni_novel) 

Celia Abernethy

Celia lives both on Lake Como and in Milan, Italy. She shares her discoveries of her travels and experiences in Italy and beyond, giving readers an insider’s view of what to do, where to go and how to do it in style. Contact: www.travelpostrepeat.com