The history and the tradition of our Club are the great testimony of the indis- soluble and fascinating tie between the city of Rome and its river.
In 1892 Alessandro Morani and the Fasoli brothers founded the Circolo Canottieri Aniene.
The historical crew of first the four-jole, called “Rugantino” collected the first prestigious laurels contributing to the fast growth of the Circolo Canottieri Aniene reputation in Rome and in the rest of the Country.
In rowing, to the unforgettable successes obtained in the 30’s and 40’s by ath- letes like Antonio Ghiardello, Giliante d’Este, Francesco Cossu and Antonio Provenzani winner at the 1934 Los Angeles Olympic Games along with Romolo Catasta bronze medal at the 1948 London Olympic Games, it followed a period of continuous achievements.
The multiple victories of the Aniene in international competitions, under the brilliant guide of Antonio Ghiardello, represented a real strong agonistic out- break. In the 50’s the Club took a crucial decision for its future by founding the magnificent complex which today constitutes our House.
With the new era, represented by moving the Club to the Acqua Acetosa new location, other disciplines were added on to the rowing, which anyway remains the pride of our Club: throughout the years Tennis, Indoor soccer, Canoeing and Swimming joined in; in Swimming we became the number one team for both male and female categories and winner of the Italian Championship for Teams.
The Circolo Canottieri Aniene, conscious about the role sport represents for youth’s growth and education, is constantly aimed toward the divulgation of it in order to both form the tomorrow’s athletes and, above all, to transmit them our passion for practicing the sport.
In this regard and as a result of such constant effort, in January 23, 2002 the Italian Prime Minister, following CONI (Italian Olimpic Committee) resolution, handed to Circolo Canottieri Aniene, first and only Sport Club to receive such an acknowledgement, the Gold Collar – the highest decoration in sport in Italy.
Lot’s of water has passed under the Tiber bridges since the four founders, in a “bohemien” fashion, gave birth to our Club, but since then the spirit hasn’t changed and thanks to it the Circolo Canottieri Aniene constantly renovates its tie with the city of Rome thru the sport pratice, rowing and swimming above all.
The Circolo Canottieri Aniene has nowadays become a social and sport reality of absolute value both in Italy and internationally thanks to the passionate activ- ity of its members, technical staff and athletes performances.
Abiding to our motto “sportsmanship, fellowship and spirit of tradition”, which inspired its founders in 1892, the Circolo Canottieri Aniene today as then, enhances the cohesion of sport and solidarity events in every occasion possible by involving the always responsive members, proud to participate to such mem- orable initiatives.
The book about the history of Circolo Canottieri Aniene
The long and glorious history of the Circolo Canottieri Aniene, finds place in the book of our member Gianfranco Tobia, “One Hundred Years of the Circolo Canottieri Aniene.”
The book retraces all the stages of the history of the club, who has survived wars, passed through glorious and less glorious moments, lived different ages.
The narration is accompanied by historical images and illustrations of the period.