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Vogo e ti Difendo: Saturday, April 25

Posted on | April 23, 2009 | 2 Comments

Vogo e Ti Difendo (I Row to Defend You; By Rowing, I Defend You) is an annual event established by the Coordinamento Associazione Remiere. This Saturday morning, Aprile 25th, hundreds of local vogatori (men, women, Venetian, Italian, French, Australian, British, Russian, American…and more) will amass in the bacino di San Marco to row around the entire city (a course of 22 kilometers, or about 14 miles)  to demonstrate both their numbers, and the devotion to voga. The marathon will begin at 9:30, and follow the route below.


Vogo e Ti Difendo differs from Vogalonga (which takes place at the end of May) in that it is restricted only to those rowing the voga alla veneta. The route is also tougher in that it encircles the city, and because motor traffic is not halted, the “seas” remain choppy, and even more inhospitable for these shallow-bottomed, human-powered, lagoon boats — emphasizing the point the event intends to illustrate.

Despite the iconic image of the gondola, the casual visitor to Venice understands little of the rowing style that is unique to the city and its history. This event is one of the ways its practitioners try to bring to light both to the Comune and the “Venetians of the World” the value of maintaining the voga alla veneta as a part of Venetian life.


2 Responses to “Vogo e ti Difendo: Saturday, April 25”

  1. Carlo
    April 7th, 2010 @ 6:07 pm

    Is there a Vogo e Ti Difendo in 2010?

  2. vogadoc
    April 8th, 2010 @ 4:47 am

    We haven’t heard anything yet…it would be soon, wouldn’t it? We see it we hear anything from the Coordinamento.

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