The Vogalonga in Venice, from a local protest against motor boats to an international event of the rowing world
The Vogalonga, a non-competitive race of 33 km across Venice canals and the surrounding lagoon.
The first edition in 1975 was created as a way to bring back rowing boats to the water of Venice and to protest against the excess of motor boats and the consequences caused by their waves on the city and its Lagoon.
Started by a handful of Venetians, the Vogalonga is now a huge local and international appointment as well as a rare occasion to see and experience Venice on board a rowing boat.
Just the way it used to be for over 1000 years.
The Vogalonga did not take place in 2020 and 2021 due to the covid-19 pandemic.
In 2022, however, Venetian authorities gave permission to celebrate the 46th Vogalonga on the 5th of June 2022. Over 1.800 boats and over 7.000 rowers took part in the event.
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