• Posted:Tuesday, March 9, 2010
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Head to Venice for the Vogolonga

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Head to Venice for the Vogolonga
There's no real rush but I highly recommend that you book yourself a stay in a Venice hostel for around May time, as this is when the city's annual Vogolonga - possibly the greatest word ever to be conceived by mankind - is taking place and it promises to be a truly fantastic experience.

It's being put on over May 23rd and, if you've never heard of it, don't worry - I fully intend to tell you all about it right here and now. To be honest, it's a new one on me as well but as soon as DPA brought it to my attention, I knew that I would have to write a blog about it, as it just sounds so much fun.

Basically, it all began one day back in 1974 with a group of buddies hosting a mascarete regatta and now involves residents of Venice and people from all over the world converging on the City on Water in whatever manner of vessel they can get their hands on - excluding motorboats which, of course, would be hideously cheating - and then traversing the township's waterways over a 30-km course.

I think that taking part would be much more exciting than spectating, but either way, you're sure to have a right laugh, particularly because so many people converge on the area to participate, with the news source noting that around 6,000 intrepid seamen and women sign up to the event in about 1,500 boats.

"The chance to explore the canals of Venice like a gondolier but without having to dodge vaporettos and noisy motorcraft is the big attraction of the Vogolonga, although it is easy to underestimate the skills needed," it was observed. So, you have been veritably warned!

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