Rowing in Venice

Duration: approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes   Location: Venice


5 Reviews

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Why choose this experience?

1 To discover one of the most fascinating traditions of Venice, Venetian rowing, a technique born from the need to navigate through small and very shallow channels
2 To feel like the real inhabitants of Venice, who for centuries travelled through the city by boat every day
3 To enjoy the special perspective that Venice offers by water, on board a typical Venetian boat that you will learn how to handle yourself

Rowing in Venice is one of the most famous rowing courses in Venice: learn how to row a gondola in Venice, a novel and fun way to learn about one of the oldest traditions of Venice and get in touch with water, the element that has made Venice a unique city in the world. Thanks to this unique course in Venice you will learn how to row and all the secrets of Voga Veneta. Rowing Venetian boats is a charming and very particular technique developed in Venice and the surrounding areas because of the unique hydro geological characteristics of the area.

The rowing lessons in Venice is organized by Viva Voga Veneta – a cultural association whose main objective is the dissemination and preservation of Venetian rowing both as a sport and a real life style. The lezioni di voga will take you through the canals of Venice and its enchanting lagoon in order for you to learn how to row aboard a typical Venetian boat, which has a flat bottom to navigate without problems in just a few inches of water.

Among the elements that best characterize Venice rowing– a unique rowing technique born from the need to manoeuvre around the canals, swamps and marshes - are rowing while standing with feet facing forward and the use of an oar leaning on a crutch open – called forcola - for easy navigation around the intricate maze of waterways around Venice.

Thanks to this charming course of rowing in Venice, Italy you will learn to steer one of the most characteristic Venetian boats, the Batela, in the two variants: coda di gambero - up to 4 people - and the Buranela - for groups of 5-6 people.

Your rowing in Venice, Italy course will begin in the beautiful Venetian canals. Here, this learn to row for adults course will teach you how to row from the prow, then you will move on to the lagoon where you will also try rowing from the stern. The teachers of this unique rowing course in Europe are real gondoliers and fans of the sport, from amateurs to professionals of voga Veneta.

The duration of the Venice rowing lessons varies depending on the number of participants: one and a half hours for small groups up to 4 people, two hours with 5-6 people.

For the rowing lessons in Venice we recommend comfortable clothing and trainers, as well as a hat on hot summer days.

A rowing tour in Europe can be little diversion for your holiday in Venice. An opportunity to go back in time and discover one of the most characteristic cultural aspects of this amazing city: the rowing in Venice... a technique born from the need to handle the unique lagoon area, handed down from generation to generation, rowing in Venice between narrow channels and shallow water.

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(authorization no. 62027 dated 09/07/12 with determination no. 2052/2012)

Important info


all year, except for the period from 24 December to 6 January.

Departure point:

Sacca della Misericordia, Sacca Bridge - Fondamenta Gasparo Contarini.

Departure time


From 1 April to 31 October
from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

From 1 November to 31 March
from 10.00 am to 2.30 pm

Languages available


On request: French, German, Japanese.


€65.00 per person

Not suitable for children up to 5 years old.


approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes

  • Rowing lesson
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"
Additional information:

Before booking, please be advised that it is compulsory to print a paper copy of the voucher issued at the end of the online reservation and bring it with you the day of the tour.

No credit or refunds will be given in the case of a NO SHOW (if you don't show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on your voucher).

The tour will take place with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 participants. For groups larger than 10 people you can have larger vessels at your disposal.

In case of cancellation due to bad weather, you will be contacted promptly to reschedule the lesson. If this is not possible, we will refund the full amount, with a deduction of €20 for administrative expenses.

The instructor will meet you at the point of departure for 20 minutes. If you have not arrived by that time, the lesson will be considered as cancelled. You are kindly requested to carefully calculate the time needed to reach the starting point, in order to arrive on time and enjoy the entire duration of the lesson booked.

You are kindly requested to keep your mobile phone on during the day that you have booked the rowing lesson in order for us contact you in case of any forecast changes in the weather conditions.

Departure point map

5 reviews for Rowing in Venice

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May 2016



Reviewed on 31 May `16 - Booking No. 1630529

'Great experience!!'

Rowing in Venice

My mom and I did the rowing tour - what a blast! I had so much fun and our guides Francesca and Valentina


Service and experience!


Directions to meeting place

Reply by Staff

Dear JS,

thank you for your feedback! We are pleased you enjoyed the experience despite the initial difficult in locating the meeting point. At the end of the online booking reservation you received a voucher with a map and a textual description of the meeting point; moreover, the day before the tour, our supplier sent you more specific details in order to help you in reaching the departure point of the tour. We regret this was not clear enough for you! We try to provide our customers directions as clear as possible to easily access the meeting point and to avoid problems on the spot, also including an emergency phone number on the voucher. Unfortunately the tour meeting point is located in a place that it is not properly touristic and therefore we can understand that people who are visiting Venice for the first time may have some problem in finding it. We will try to be even clearer in notifying this information to our customers!

Best regards,
The staff
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August 2015

Family with children


Reviewed on 06 Sep `15 - Booking No. 1577126

'Great Tour !'

Rowing in Venice

My husband, daughter and I booked this tour during our recent trip to Venice. It was well worth the money. After many days of sightseeing in Venice I was looking for something different to do. This was it. The two young women were very nice and the translator spoke wonderful English so we had no problem understanding what to do. This is a great memory of our trip. Would highly recommend.

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May 2015

Mature couple


Reviewed on 29 May `15 - Booking No. 1529332

'Rowing in Venice'

Rowing in Venice

Fun experience. Instructors very patient and knowledgable. Great scenery. Also located in part of venice we would not have seen otherwise. We stopped for dinner and thouroughly enjoyed entire day.

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June 2014

Group of friends


Reviewed on 13 Jul `14 - Booking No. 1433353

'Rowing In Venice'

Rowing in Venice

We had a wonderful experience learning how to row a batella in Venice. It was a fantastic 2.5 hour event and one we will never forget. Other tourists appeared to be on gondolas in traffic jams and overpaying for a 40 minute experience. We, on the other hand, learned the history of rowing in Venice, developed an appreciation for the art of rowing, and developed a wonderful rapport with our lovely teachers. If returning to Venice, this event would be at the top of the list!

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