The great Gondola race

March 16th, 2015 | Venice | by Tabita Miotto

Row in the Grand Canal | Golf in Venice
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The great Gondola race

Venice as it was meant to be seen

The gondoliers of Venice are world-famous. But what happens when they get the urge to race? Why, the Vogalonga

Each May, the finest polers, rowers—and even dragon-boaters!—of Venice gather for a 30 km sprint up the Grand Canal and to the Lagoon and back. On regatta-day, motorboats are forbidden in the city, so visitors can see Venice as it was meant to be seen: by human-powered watercraft.

Come join us for this special weekend, when the Venetians’ pay tribute to their watery city. Well even throw in a round at Golf Venezia, the world’s only gondola-accessible course!

What is Vogalonga? It's non competitive rowing regatta, 18 mi long, starting in front of the Doge’s Palace (oar up to St. Mark!), row up along the Grand Canal and to the lagoon north islands and back.
Venice GC: 18 holes, par 72 course, 6039 metres from normal standards and 6199 from championship tees. It was built in 1928 in a spectacular strip of land between the Adriatic Sea and the Lagoon of Venice.