Venice Marathon 2014
You may not think a beautiful, old cultured city like Venice has much of a sporting history aside from the annual historical regatta, but in fact, the Venice Marathon is a highlight race in the European running circuit.
Most of the 40km race takes place on the mainland, but for the last 5km or so runners get to admire the sights and scenery of the main islands of Venice whilst vying for victory.
So if you fancy cheering for the runners, where are the best places to see the action? The course enters central Venice at the Via Liberata Bridge so to get the first glimpse of the frontrunners head to Ponte della Liberata or Calle Dietro Ai Magazzini.
The runners will skirt the city along the south side of Venice and there will be loads of great observation spots along the Fondamente Zattere. Why not grab a tasty lunch at an outside table at Riviera and wait for the runners in comfort? They do fantastic seafood and the owner is very friendly.
As the runners head around the southern edge of the city they eventually come to the Punta della Dogana, which has some great modern art on display and is worth a look regardless.
There will be a pontoon bridge across the Grand Canal and a turn around at Saint Mark’s Square, then the runners will be into the home stretch and the finish line at Riva dei Sette Martiri.
The streets will be crowded with teams and spectators so you can expect some disruption even if you are not interested in watching.
From Generator Venice catch the Blue line boat from Zittelle to Zattere and it should take about 5 minutes. You can easily get to Punta della Dogana from this stop too.