Venice and the Vogalonga tend to get all the attention. Rightly so. Venice is a spectacular destination, and the Vogalgona is legendary, a bucket list event for rowers. But beyond Venice and the Vogalonga, there is a stunning destination to explore. It has the same magic, and more. Trieste is another famous and fascinating Italian city, separated from Venice by 150 km along the Adriatic Sea coastline. There is also an inner waterway network of lagoons, canals and rivers. Known amongst Europeans for beach resorts, the region also offers charming cities, UNESCO world heritage sites, Roman ruins and surprisingly rich ecosystems. This is what we explore as we row the Adriatic Sea and Venetian Lagoons.