Water Jousting is both efficiently brutal and surprisingly refined. Teams row massive wooden boats toward each other. When they get close, jousters standing at the end of the vessels’ oversized bows try to knock each other into the water. At the stern of each bark, an oboist and a drummer in flat-brimmed straw hats play medieval ditties that help the 10 oarsmen on each team pull in unison. The musicians’ performance continues until a jouster is knocked from his perch and rowers in small boats dart into the canal to pull lances, shields, and the loser out of the drink.
Most high performance driving schools are held in hopelessly unromantic locales based on their proximity to racetracks. But Lamborghini takes the high road — both literally and figuratively — by hosting its Winter Driving Academy in the stunning alpine town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, just south of the Austrian border.