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Row Venice: learn to row Venetian style !

Have you always wanted to know how to row a gondola? You can now make your dream come true! Book your rowing class now and become an authentic Venetian gondolier for a day!


  • This is an opportunity to experience the authentic Venice and one of its oldest traditions!
  • It is an experience that allows you to relate to the environment of the lagoon and spend time with people who live here!
  • Crossing the beautiful area of Cannaregio, there will be many surprises along the way! Many more than one could imagine!


Would you like to learn to row venetian style in venice? Then we highly recommend this experience: a rowing lesson to learn how to navigate the the canals of Venice and discover how life is in the city on the water. If you are an active person, this is certainly an interesting choice among the different options for your Gondola ride in Venice!

Gondola lessons in Venice : be a gondolier for a day!

The rowing lesson will last approximately one and half hours, during which you can escape the crowds, learn from a great instructor and enjoy this unique experience. Discover the city through its hidden waterways and above all learn how to row like a real gondolier!

Venetian rowing on the traditional Venetian boats will have no more secrets for you! In the calm waters of the lagoon it will be easy for you to practice, immersed in one of the most poetic landscapes in the world. You will truly learn to row in venice!

The traditional venetian rowing lessons in Venice are available every day (except Monday) on request, both for individuals and groups, with one or more boats.

Where the Rowing lessons are held?

From the Cannaregio district to we will take you to sail the waters of the lagoon, just outside the center of Venice and the Grand Canal. You will go off the beaten path and will soon experience the calm of the lagoon and the amazing colours of the water and sky. We meet at ​​Fondamenta degli Ormesini, one of the most authentic corners of the city, which in the evening attracts many Venetians for the classic aperitif.

Learning to row Venetian style is the reason to book this activity but you will also have the opportunity to experience how to eat Venetian style! After your lesson you will be in an area popular with many venetians for an aperitif! There are many bàcari here where you can taste some typical cicchetti while you reflect on your lesson. Enjoy the authentic Venetian life! 

For those arriving from the train station or from Piazzale Roma it is about a 10 – 15 minute walk.

Learn to row venice like a Venetian!

The most distinctive feature of Venetian rowing is its style, standing and facing forward, enabled by an oarlock of unique design: known as the forcola, it has evolved into an exquisitely carved piece of walnut or cherry wood with an open cradle which supports the oar for the main stroke. While there are many strokes at the disposal of an accomplished vogatore, it is the shape of the forcola that facilitates their execution, allowing the gondolier to maneuver the boat. 

The technique of Venetian rowing is really peculiar and was developed for reasons related to the particular geography of the lagoon. Standing up while rowing allows you to scrutinize the bottom of the canals and avoid running aground. The forcola or the long oarlock is a very special element of the rowing boat that allows you to move the oar quickly (recall the movements of the gondolier during a gondola ride, who naturally leads his gondola in the traffic through the most crowded canals.)

With the rowing course you will try to master this rowing technique yourself, taught by young and enthusiastic Venetian instructors.

This unique experience, perhaps even more than various visits to the city, will help you to understand the nature of the Venetian environment and will allow you to fully appreciate the events in the lagoon that every year attract the Venetians, such as the Vogalonga or the Historical Regatta.

How to book your rowing lesson? 

The row venice experience can be any day in the months from April to October, except Mondays. Courses are held from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and we can arrange the most suitable time for yourself. 

If you are planning a trip to Venice and you would like to try the activity, we invite you to book online on our website. From one to five participants, the lesson is held with an instructor. For groups of more than 5 people the lesson will include a larger boat and a second instructor.

The lesson is also suitable for teenagers, accompanied by an adult, starting from about 15 years of age.

Review of Venetian rowing

When we asked visitors for a feedback on their experience this is what they have told us (reviews highlight):

  • The trip gondola ride – great experience!
  • A gondola ride with great fun!
  • Fun, highly recommend !


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  • Private Experience
  • Sustainable



65 EUR/person


1.5 hour


Every day on request - except on Monday

Spoken Languages

  • Italian
  • English

Included / Excluded

Included :

Private row lesson

Excluded :

Anything not listed in the ‘included’ section.

Sales Conditions

Should you cancel the experience up to 48 hours before the experience, a 20% cencellation fee will apply.
Should you cancel the experience between 48 hours and 24 hours before the experience, a 40%cancellation fee will apply.
There will be no refund in case of a NO SHOW or cancellation within 24 hours from the experience start.
In case of bad weather, the experience could be cancelled by the organizers. Therefore, you would get a 100% refund.

Other practical information

Experience available every day from April to October, from 9am to 6pm, depending on the disponibility
Instructor present during the experience
Parental presence requested for minors
For groups of 6 people or more there will be a bigger gondola and a second instructor

Meeting Point EN


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