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Learn to row like a Venetian! Try the stand-up style made iconic by the gondoliers. You'll support this local tradition with a sustainable activity as you connect with Venice in a rare, traditional Venetian all-wood batella coda di gambero. You...more
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A very unusual and enjoyable experience. We very much enjoyed having a go at the Venetian style of rowing which is by no means easy but great fun to try. Our instructor Elena was a real expert and very patient with our efforts. It made...More
Everyone rightfully sings the praises of the Venice Row experience. The lessons are fun, a unique adventure and a lovely physical experience, but it is also the best mode to see the birds, "uccelli," both native and migratory: multiple grebes, cormorants, herring and black-headed gulls,...More
Imagine mooring your boat along canal side restaurants to enjoy cicchetti?? Other folks are standing, juggling drinks and plates, but you are sitting in your lovely barco enjoying your spritz and tasty cicchetti chosen by your rowing instructor. You’ve worked up an appetite learning to...More
My wife and I booked a 90 minute rowing lesson with Row Venice. They have an arrangement with a small local hotel that allowed us to get coffee there when we arrived a little early. Our instructor Jane met us promptly at the appointed time...More
My friend booked this activity and I am so thankful and grateful that she did. It was Int'l Women's Day so how fitting to have instruction from a female gondolier. We took turns rowing and even went out to sea and steered the gondola. It...More
Had a great lesson with Elena, she was a great teacher! FYI all lessons with Row Venice are private! My balance isn't great but I did fine and didn't worry about falling out of the boat! It was a little tiring but I felt much...More
You meet up at the pier towards the northern side of Venice (keep that in mind if you are staying anywhere else, as it may be quite the haul to get there). Upon arrival you are greeted by the Row Venice Staff. Our guide, Anna,...More
So if you’ve read the reviews you’ll already know this isn’t a gondola tour of Venice, but an actual rowing lesson - so I’ll review it as such. (As a gondola tour it is only 2 star. Go do an actual gondola ride)
Date of experience: January 2019
Row V, Administrator at Row Venice, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago
Dear Watch Dog,
We are quite stunned by your review. All our instructors pride themselves on being good and engaging teachers. We have passed your comments along to the women and reminded them they are not only ambassadors of Venice, but also of women in...More
We had an enjoyable afternoon learning how to row and navigate on the canals and the lagoon. The four of us had a decent shot rowing, trying to master the technique while standing up. It’s a different technique to classic rowing, with open oarlocks. It...More
Cannaregio is the second largest sestiere (district) with its busy Santa Lucia train station. Many transplanted Venetians commute from the outlying areas, “terra firma” to the locals, which is shorthand for any place that is not Venice. Two Grand Canal bridges serve Cannaregio, the newest (Constitution, 2008) still a local hotbed of controversy. Ponte degli Scalzi is a busy link to the train station. Nearby
shops on the Lista di Spagna offer specialties like pastries and coffee that lure Venetians with a down-to-earth attitude. The Ghetto, where the Jewish population was segregated in Cannaregio, has five historic synagogues with an active Jewish community. The Fondamente Nove bustles with foot traffic to the Rialto and San Marco while vaporettos (water taxis) head to Murano and other islands. Side streets lead into quiet picturesque neighbourhoods and palaces like Ca' d'Oro rise directly out of the water.
Our instructor, Nan, rowed the entire time and my wife and I traded off. You really need two people rowing in order to navigate traffic and make progress. This isn't a gondola ride. However, standing and rowing doesn't... More
Our instructor, Nan, rowed the entire time and my wife and I traded off. You really need two people rowing in order to navigate traffic and make progress. This isn't a gondola ride. However, standing and rowing doesn't mean you can't enjoy the trip. I loved every minute. If you just want to kick it, hire a gondola.