Row your own gondola in Venice

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  • Venice Gondolas
  • Venice Gondolas
  • Venice Gondolas
  • Venice Gondolas

Romantic visions of Venetian gondoliers in black and white stripes rowing couples beneath the bridges of Venice. This is probably the most iconic image of the city built on water.

Movies make us think that taking gondola ride is the most romantic thing to do in Venice. But in reality the rides are pretty expensive, 20 minutes will cost you 80€. And most probably your gondolier will shout back and forth with other gondolier friends without trying to make you feel special. Of course the romantic singing experience will cost you extra.

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Row your own gondola in Venice

Why not to do something more authentic and row your own gondola? I learned to row Venetian gondola… and you can too!

This was my 4th trip to Venice and I wanted to find something new to experience in this gorgeous city. I remembered an article I had read online about the possibility to learn to row a gondola. I thought it would be the perfect activity to explore Venice again.

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Row Venice is a non profit organization supporting Voga Alla Veneta, the traditional Venetian rowing technique and sharing it with the world. It’s a private experience for maximum 5 people and you will have the chance to learn how to row, steer and stop your gondola. Lessons are conducted in the quiet neighborhood canals and the more wide-open lagoon.

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The experience 

During the unique 1.5h lesson you learn the history and skills of one of Venice’s most iconic professions. You practice standing up and paddling through some of Venice’s less trafficked canals. As I’m not a great swimmer, I was little worried about falling off the boat and ruining my day. But our teacher comforted me telling none of the students have fallen in the water until now and most probably it wont happen today. After a dozen of awkward strokes, I started to feel I’m doing it. Rowing my own gondola in Venice. How awesome is that? Anyone can be his or her own gondolier by taking lessons in Venetian rowing.

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Row Venice delivers an experience you’ll truly remember for a lifetime. You will see some less visited canals, experience the neighborhoods where are more locals than tourists and have fun rowing your own gondola.

Have we convinced you to row your own gondola instead of taking a ride? Here is all the info you need to experience it.

  • Where to book: http://rowvenice.org
  • Tour duration: 90 minutes
  • Cost: €85 for 1-2 pp; €120 for 3 pp; €140 for 4 pp
  • Departure Point: Sacca Misericordia boat marina
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