Private Rowing lesson in Venice

Duration: approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes 

Location: Venice

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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 Because you will learn how to row a typical Venetian boat through the enchanted Cannaregio district to then set off into the open lagoon!
3 To approach this discipline thanks to stress-free private lessons imparted by experienced female instructors who practice and promote rowing in Venice on a daily basis

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Important information


All year

Departure point:

‘Row Venice Meeting Point’ at the foot of de la Sacca bridge at the end of Fondamenta Gasparo Contarini, opposite the entry gate to the Sacca della Misericordia marina.

Departure time


8.30*, 10.00, 11.30, 13.00, 14.30, 16.00
In case of excessive summer heat, times in the middle of the day could be changed.

*only from 1 May to 31 October.

Languages available



Per service, therefore the price per person varies according to the number of participants.

  • €115.00 for 1 or 2 people
  • €160.00 up to 3 people
  • €190.00 up to 4 people
approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Private rowing lesson
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"
Additional information:
  • COVID-19: to participate in the tour you are required to wear a face mask. Please don't forget it!
  • 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.
  • 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.


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.

Unfortunately you cannot be refunded (neither totally nor partially) if you don’t show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on the voucher or if you leave before the end of the tour.Therefore we advise you to locate in advance the meeting point and how to get there in order to avoid being late or any inconveniences that would prevent you from being on time, especially in case of public transport strikes, great events or bad weather. If you need assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us at our emergency contacts indicated on the voucher you will get at the end of the reservation.

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 (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 service you booked might be cancelled. If this should happen, you will be informed as soon as possible and, according to the type of service you booked, you will have the possibility to choose between postponing the service on the first date available or receiving a total refund of the price paid, if the cancellation policy of the service itself allows a refund.

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Full description

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.

Our rowing lessons in Venice are organized by a non-profit organization, whose main objective is the dissemination and preservation of Venetian rowing. The lezioni di voga will take you through the most evocative 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.

Our female instructors

The female-only team is composed of expert rowers, rowing or regatta champions. It is a group of determined women who are trained to face any challenge and who have turned their passion for rowing into a raison d’etre. They have come to Venice from all over the world to support and encourage this time-honoured discipline, the traditional boats and all female athletes who enjoy practicing this sport. Their commitment and great passion for rowing are confirmed by the very positive reviews they receive on Tripadvisor!

The lesson

Thanks to this exciting course of rowing in Venice, Italy you will learn to steer one of the most characteristic Venetian boats, the shrimp-tailed Batela. This is a small, traditional wooden boat, with a flat bottom to make it easier to control even in shallow waters. The Batela a coa de gambero can carry up to 4 people; for larger groups, other traditional boats or two batelas will be used, depending on availability.

Your rowing in Venice, Italy course will begin with a brief description of the history of these fantastic boats, highly used in the past and now unfortunately almost forgotten. Afterwards, with the boat still stationary, the instructors will show you the rowing technique at the front of the boat ... You will then start the navigation with each participant having a go at rowing through the enchanted canals of Venice and then in the lagoon, where you will also try to row on the stern.

Our rowing lessons in Venice are private and the cost varies according to the number of participants, up to a maximum of 4 (for larger groups an ad hoc tariff will be quoted depending on the type of boat used). The duration of our Venice rowing lessons is about one and a half hours and includes both the rowing explanations and navigation between the canals and the lagoon, back to the point of departure.

For the rowing lessons in Venice we recommend comfortable clothing and trainers, as well as a hat and a water bottle 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. Book without hesitating this time-honoured activity and make your stay in Venice even more exciting with a unique experience!

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Reviews for Private Rowing lesson in Venice

Based on 5 Reviews
Reviews in other languages (4) Reviews in italian (1)



Booking No. 1630529

Reviewed on 31 May `16

'Great experience!!'

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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Family with children

Booking No. 1577126

Reviewed on 06 Sep `15

'Great Tour !'

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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Mature couple

Booking No. 1529332

Reviewed on 29 May `15

'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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Group of friends

Booking No. 1433353

Reviewed on 13 Jul `14

'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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