Venice is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque places in the world with its unforgettable views as well as its rich history, culture and ancient traditions. If you would like to experience one of the city’s unmissable events, you must come to Venice for your holiday during the annual Vogalonga regatta. Our holiday apartments are an excellent choice and the best way of experiencing Venice and this maritime festival. Unlike other events, the Vogalonga is a young festival for the city although it has become important for both Venetians and tourists in a short space of time. On 11th November 1974, a regatta took place in Venice involving amateurs and professionals. The occasion gave birth to the idea of establishing a regatta for Venetian rowing enthusiasts.
The aim was twofold – to relaunch this ancient tradition and, no less important, to support a real, deeply felt campaign against the deterioration of Venice’s lagoon. In January of the following year, it was announced that a new festival would be established in the city – the Vogalonga. The route it followed was specially devised to pass some of the most important places in Venice incluing St. Mark’s Basin and the Grand Canal, the neighbouring areas of Burano and Murano, returning to the lakeside city by the Cannaregio Canal and finishing at Punta della Salute. The Vogalonga first took place in May 1975 and, from the very beginning, it was an event which attracted a huge turnout of boats, the majority of which came from Venice and other towns in the Veneto. All the boats gathered in front of the Doge’s Palace and their departure was signalled by the firing of a cannon. Over the years, the Vogalonga has become more and more successful with participants coming from all over the world with many different types of boat, the only stipulation being that they must have oars.
The Vogalonga is all about participating in an event and having a passion for this type of boat and for Venice itself. For this reason, when all the participants arrive at the finishing line, they are awarded a commemorative medal and a certificate of participation. Over the years, the Vogalonga has grown so much in importance as a concept that it has been the catalyst for the foundation of many rowing clubs. Year after year, they equip themselves with truly splendid boats, rekindling a passion for authentic craftmanship which it seemed had almost disappeared. Our holiday apartments in different parts of the city await you so that you can make the most of your holiday in Venice during the Vogalonga and feel completely at home.