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Vogalonga is a 30km non-competitive rowing race in Venice, Italy, where hundreds of boats of every shape and form get together with hundreds of Venetian and foreign rowers. It is held in Venice in June. This day of festivity, completely devoted to rowing, makes it possible for Venice and the lagoon to be rediscovered along the race’s singular course.
The first edition of the Vogalonga originated in 1974 to find a solution for the degradation of the lagoon due to noisy boats with outboard motors. Five hundred old Venetian boats gathered following the same route today.
Now the boats number more than 1700 with about 5000 rowers and Venetians are almost a minority in comparison with vigorous crews coming from all over the world. A medal is given to all the participants that cover the whole itinerary.
For accommodation in Venice during Vogalonga, contact Passion for Italy Travel but be sure to book six months ahead.