Rowing in Venice: private lesson with wine & food tastings

Duration: approx. 2 hours and 30 minutes  Location: Venice
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Why choose this experience?

1 To learn how to steer a typical Venetian boat with a private lesson imparted by an experienced instructor
2 To taste the wines of the area and the typical Venetian cicchetti, reaching the wine and food destinations of the tour as true gondoliers
3 Because it combines two experiences into a single activity, a row lesson and tastings of local produce

A unique opportunity to combine a private Venetian-style rowing lesson with tasting of typical produce in some of Venice’s bacari (Venetian for tavern): Cichetto Row offers an exciting adventure to those who are interested in discovering two of Venice’s most famous traditions! After mastering the rowing technique, in fact, you will reach two renowned inns in Venice with your crew to savour tantalizing appetizers and fine local wines.

Discovering Venice does not have to be limited to the expected tour of its classical artistic treasures... To come into contact with the soul of the city, you have to open yourself to its heritage of multi-faceted local traditions. And good food, as well as the technique of Venetian-style rowing, are among the most important in the lagoon city!

The instructors

Composed mainly of female rowers, Row Venice is a non-profit organization founded with the aim of safeguarding and spreading the marine tradition of Venice and, in particular, of 'voga veneta', a typical technique in Venice that is used to steer the boat in an upright and forward facing position. The very enthusiastic reviews on Trip Advisor bear testament to the passion and enthusiasm of these determined rowers!

The lesson

This row and wine experience in Venice will start with a lesson imparted by an experienced instructor. You will learn how to lead a typical Venetian boat like true gondoliers! The experience is suitable for everyone, including children, so it is also a good opportunity to discover Venice with the whole family!

The staff of Row Venice, skilled rowers capable of navigating Venice’s canals with ease, will make you feel comfortable and teach you the tricks of the trade with patience and in complete safety.

Sliding on the water of the quiet canals of Venice, you will feel mesmerized by the magical combination of architecture and nature that has always characterized the city of water and discover it from an all-new and incomparable point of view!

The rowing course will take place along the canals of Venice and its magical lagoon to teach you how to use Venice’s typical rowing technique on a traditional flat-bottomed boat, suitable for smooth sailing even on a few inches of water. After getting acquainted with the boat, you will feel fully relaxed - always accompanied by the attentive eye of your instructor – and navigate to the second part of the experience.

The tasting includes a stop-off in two typical Venetian inns, where you will wrap up your row in Venice with tasting of cicchetti (traditional appetizers accompanying aperitif in Venice), and fine regional wines! The so-called Venice cicchetti, now known all over the world, include a wide variety of local specialties, such as cod cream, meat and fish meatballs, Sarde in Saor, but also tasty vegetarian options. If you are suffering from intolerances or allergies, we invite you to mention it at the time of booking so we can arrange an alternative menu.

The flavour of each snack will be enhanced by excellent wines, chosen from a wide range of local vintages: let your instructor advise you, her experience will provide you with valuable suggestions on the most appreciated wines by the locals. If you prefer soft drinks, no problem: just tell the instructor!

Venice is known for its food and wine tradition, based on top quality products, which are on their own right one of the most important tourist attractions of the city. It is often difficult, however, to make a choice amongst the many available options that often have little to do with Venice’s authentic cuisine ... The expert instructor accompanying you in this fascinating experience, will take you to two traditional taverns frequented mainly by Venetians!

 

Cicchetto Row: an opportunity conceived for those who want to discover the different sides of the city as part of a unique, exclusive experience! A private Venice row lesson & food tasting ... book online now!

For Venetian-style rowing, comfortable clothing and sports shoes are advised, as well as a hat on hot summer days.

Depending on the time of year, the activity starts at the following times:

  • 5.30 pm from 1 May to 31 October
  • 11.30 am from 1 November to 30 April.
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Important info

Availability:

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

Departure point:

'Row Venice Meeting Point' at the bottom of the bridge at the end of Fondamenta Gasparo Contarini, opposite the entry gate to Sacca della Misericordia marina.

Departure time

Daily

From 1 May to 31 October
5.30 pm 

From 1 November to 30 April
11.30 am 

Languages available

Spanish
German
Italian
English
French

Prices

Prices per service, therefore individual costs vary according to the number of participants.

  • €300.00 1 or 2 person
  • €325.00 3 person
  • €350.00 4 person
Duration
approx. 2 hours and 30 minutes
Inclusions
  • Private rowing lesson
  • Tastings as per programme
Exclusions
  • 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 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 to allow us to inform you of any last minute changes due to unfavorable weather conditions and/or promptly contact you in case of unforeseen circumstances.

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • For cancellations received up to 48 hours prior to the date booked for the rowing lesson, the entire amount will be refunded, with a €37.50 deduction for administrative costs. Beyond this time, or if you fail to show up at the meeting point, you will be charged the total price of the course.
  • In the event of cancellation due to unfavourable weather conditions for the navigation, you will be promptly contacted to book the lesson at a different time. If this is not possible, you will be refunded the full amount, after a €7.50 deduction for administrative costs.
  • There is no refund in case of NO-SHOW (no attendance at the departure of the tour at the time and meeting point shown in the voucher).
  • Groups that have booked more than two boats can send a cancellation request up to 7 days before the service (the refund will be 50% of the amount paid); For cancellations received later than 7 days there is no refund.

In exceptional cases and/or reasons of force majeure that may prevent the tour already purchased to run regularly (i.e. acts of nature, strikes, exceptional closures, serious unexpected events or health problems experienced by the person in charge with the service after which it is really impossible to find a substitute), the tour might be cancelled.The customer will be notified of this as soon as possible and will be asked to choose between postponing the tour on the first date available or get a prompt refund of the price paid for the tour.

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