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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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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)
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
What an amazing experience, and we felt privileged to be guided by our experienced rower Nancy. The time flew by as we learned how to row and keep our balance. I had a slight wobble in confidence on the lagoon, but Nancy was incredibly calm...More
Found this on trip advisor “as something different to do off the beaten track” and absolutely glad that we did do something different!!!! An amazing tranquil experience especially on the lagoon and Caroline was an absolutely brilliant teacher and guide!
What a precious opportunity to get a bit hands-on with one of Venice’s iconic experiences, gondola riding/rowing/steering (?).
This was a fun half-day pretend-rowing (with the main instructor actually controlling the whole time, thankfully) experience. We learned not only a little about gondola rowing technique...More
I am a geek and a lifelong paddler. It was beyond amazing to not just watch the gondoliers display their unique rowing talents but to have the opportunity to get in a boat and try it for myself. One thing we did to enrich the...More
What a great experience, a highlight of my time in Venice. Jane was extremely helpful and patient in helping me learn. It's not as easy as it seems but it's a lot of fun and something different. Thanks Jane!
We hired two boats between our family with children from 5-13 years and had Anna and Guilia as our instructors - it was such a fantastic experience. I was absolutely terrified it but Anna was so kind and coaxed me in - the children adored...More
This was certainly a highlight of our trip to Venice! We had 2 gondolas with wonderful tuition from Giulia and Lisa. They were both very bubbly and more than happy to share their experiences on Venetian life. Our teenage daughters certainly enjoyed learning from them...More
Loved this experience of navigating the canals like a local. Our guides Lisa and Giulia were very friendly and excellent teachers. They also made things fun and interesting too. Highlight was pulling up the boat and eating the most delicious snacks. Also loved the fact...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.