Go With the Flow in the Veneto

The Battaglia Canal was built in the 13th century to move the stone quarried from the nearby volcanic hills used to pave Venice. On the last Sunday in May, this same canal is the venue for the craziest regatta I have ever witnessed. The Remada a Seconda, which roughly translates as “Row with the Flow,” involves a kind of slow race in homemade boats from Battaglia Terme to the Venetian Lagoon at Pontelongo, a distance of around 30 km.

Anyone can enter, if you have a boat propelled by oars or sails, and the 


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