Sunday, June 9th, the Grand Canal will host one of the most anticipated and most traditional events in Venice: the Vogalonga, which has reached its 45th edition. The start is at 9:00 am from the Bacino San Marco, when, after the traditional getting up, it will be kicked off with a cannon shot.
The origins of the Vogalonga date back to 1974, the day of San Martino, when a group of friends organized a regatta on ‘mascarete‘. So it was that the idea of repeating a non-competitive rowing started each year, combining the love for the vogue and the Venetian traditions with a form of protest against the swell caused by motor boats.
The route is 30 kilometers long: the departure takes place in Bacino San Marco. Go round the island of Sant’Elena, skirting the islands of Vignole, Sant’Erasmo and San Francesco del Deserto. Halfway along the road you reach Burano and along the islands of Mazzorbo, Madonna del Monte and San Giacomo in Paludo, the procession enters Murano crossing its Grand Canal. Once in Venice, pass the Cannaregio canal and reach the Grand Canal and then the arrival at the Punta della Dogana in front of San Marco.