The legendary Vittorio Orio has begun another installment in his long list of historic rows.
This time he'll cross the border from Switzerland to Italy.
The new expedition begins in Locarno and ends in Milan, Italy.
Nereo Zane has a more exhaustive post on his blog:
The Gondola Blog salutes Vittorio.
We whole-heartedly support him...and maybe, just maybe we're a little bit jealous too.
Looks like Vittorio's venture is related to a project to restore water-borne traffic links across Europe:
"The Istituto per i Navigli has been campaigning for the return of navigation on the Naviglio Grande canal.
The project, called From Switzerland to the Sea promotes the restoration of the canal as part of a long distance waterway linking Lake Maggiore, located partly in Switzerland, to Milan and Venice in Italy."
If Europe wants to lead in a new era of "green economy", inland waterways will be really important, for commerce, tourism and general quality of life.
There are several landlocked countries in Europe, so providing riverine routes to the sea is also an important matter of politics in the European Union.
Italy's situation is a bit different in this regard, as the Alps separate it from the Main-Rhein-Danube european riverine corridor (Basel to Locarno is over 200km distance).
Italy however has a lot of sea access, so it is not a big problem for them.
Thanks for your comment Tamas.
It's nice to hear about it from a European perspective.
I'll be out there for Vogalonga soon.
I hope to meet you while I'm there.
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