Vogalonga Rowing Every year in May

Vogalonga - Rowing in Venice.
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While not the most competitive race, Vogalonga in Venice may be the most beautiful rowing competition in the world. Vogalonga is an annual, non-competitive “race” held in May featuring all different types of human-propelled... ... read more

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Vogalonga - Rowing in Venice.

While not the most competitive race, Vogalonga in Venice may be the most beautiful rowing competition in the world. Vogalonga is an annual, non-competitive “race” held in May featuring all different types of human-propelled boats winding through the Venetian Canals in celebration of the city’s maritime culture and love for a good festival.

Beginning in 1975, Vogalonga is rooted in tradition with the most notable being the commencement of the race each year where the group of over 1,000 participants gather in St. Mark’s Square and sing hymns to Saint Mark before embarking on the 30km course through the canals. While no winners are declared, all participants receive commemorative medals and have the opportunity to win various, random prizes ranging from best boat and best costumes to first-place finishers of the race.

While St. Mark’s square is the center of the Vogalonga festivities, spectators can view the race from all over the city as the participants pass through canals throughout Venice. For those feeling extra courageous, participants have the option of foregoing the boating and swimming the race instead.

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