The Vogalonga is a yearly gondola “race” held in Venice’s Grand Canal. What started in 1974, with a group of friends challenging each other to non-competitive race, quickly morphed into an active protest against the use of motorised boats in the city’s lagoon. At the time, five hundred boats turned out for the event — way more than was ever expected! Over the past four decades Vogalonga has evolved to become one of Venice’s most-loved annual events, with an average turnout of around 1500 boats. Stand on the banks to watch the traditional boats row by and soak up the streep party atmosphere. Plus, keep an eye out for teams in costumes, and on-board musicians! The race starts in front of St Mark’s Square, though the best viewing spots are along the Cannaregio canal.

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