Held at St Mark's Square in Venice on 25th April, watch the gondola regatta and procession to the basilica in honour of Venice's Patron Saint. The finish point of the regatta is next to St. Mark's Pier.
The Vogalonga is a famous rowing race that began in 1975 and takes place on Pentecost Sunday. Each year more than 400 boats take part, with entrants from over 50 Venetian rowing clubs, as well as people from all over the world; in the past these have included a Chinese crew in a dragon boat and a local resident who has twice swam the entire course of the race! The race starts and finishes in St Mark's Basin, with the course taking the rowers across the lagoon to Burano Island and back through Cannaregio.
Boasting impressive fireworks late on the Saturday night, and a regatta on the Sunday, this festival brings a riot of colour to Venice every July. Beginning life as a feast to give thanks for the end of the terrible plague of 1576, Festa del Redentore has now become a much more grand affair where Venetians and tourists alike dine on boats and indulge in the array of summer festivities.