As might be expected of a city which is built on the sea and relies upon its myriad waterways for everything from transport to tourism, one of the highlights of the Venetian calendar is the annual Vogalonga rowing race.
This year’s race, on May 31st, will see several thousand eager hopefuls compete in the 35th staging of the contest.
The prestigious competition started in 1974 and sees plucky boat-folk start from the straight between St Mark’s Basin and the Giudecca Canal, before a canon shot marks the beginning of the race.
Who completes the course first is irrelevant: this is a race where it really is the taking part (safely) that counts and fun is had by everyone, whether they finish at the front or come in dead last.
Tourists on Venice tours would be well advised to include the Vogalonga in their sightseeing plans as year after year it is a day filled with excitement and entertainment for all involved.