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Best things to do in Venice, Italy
Best things to do in Venice, Italy

Vogalonga

The Vogalonga of Venice, a famous regatta. The Vogalonga of Venice, a famous regatta.

The Vogalonga is a non-competitive regatta which began in 1975, when a group of Venetians, in a protest against the damage caused by use of power boats in the historic city created this event. The Vogalonga 2014 will be on on Sunday, June 8th.

The participants in the Vogalonga meet in front of the Ducal Palace and sing hymns to St Mark before the “race” begins. The regatta, which only allows the participation of row boats, happens over a 30km long course, first crossing the lagoon to Burano Island then returning to the city through the neighbourhoods of Cannaregio and Gran Canal before arriving at St Mark’s Square.

The number of participants in the Vogalonga has grown spectacularly since its inception; today the event draws participants from all over the world, many of them in historical or traditional boats from their countries, such as Chinese Dragon Boats. And the bravest of them swap the oar for swimming…

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