The Grand Canal (Canale Grande) is the main waterway of Venice that divides the city into two parts. As the car transportation is not permitted on the streets of Venice, the Grand Canal is the fastest way to get around the city which makes it quite busy during the day. A great number of tourists use public water buses (vaporetto), water taxis and traditional gondolas every day. Taking a water tour gives you an opportunity to see many Venice attractions as usually water is the only way to reach them. The banks of the Canal are lined with more than 150 buildings in Gothic, Renaissance and Romanesque styles. A competition between Venetian boats watched by Venice locals and hundreds of tourists takes place every year on the first Sunday of September. The event is called the Historical Regatta (RegataStorica) and dates back to the 14th century.