The Vogalonga naval review is not a contest. The participants get attendance certificates graded according to different categories. Due to the numerous visitors during the Vogalonga and the high demand accommodations it is recommended to check hotel rates and book rooms well in advance.
The Vogalonga is held on the Pentecost Day which according to Venice’s tradition is connected to the symbol marriage of the Doge (noble man in ancient Venice) to the sea.
The naval review course length is 30km (18 mails). It crosses the Lagoon to the Burano Island and twists it way back through Cannaregio to the end point in the Grand Canal.
The boats gather in St. Mark’s Basin and the enormous crowd enjoys the sight of the beautiful colorful boats at the time they leave and when they come back.