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Regata delle Befana, Venice

Regata delle Befana, Venice

Today, day of the Epiphany, is the day that Italian children celebrate the coming of the Befana, a kindly witch who delivers treats or tricks (much like Santa).

While the day is special throughout Italy, Venice commemorates the last day of the Christmas season with the Regata delle Befana, a boat race through the lagoon. Venice stages hundreds of regattas throughout the year, but this one, featuring witches with broomsticks aboard the boats, is not to be missed.

Fore more information about Venice events, visit the City of Venice website.

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