Venetian-style rowing lesson in Venice: private excursion in the Arsenale area

Duration: approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes 

Location: Venice


Why choose this experience?

1 To learn the technique of Venetian-style rowing and experience the thrill of rowing along the narrow canals of Venice
2 To admire the Arsenale area and visit a typical Venetian 'squero'
3 To take part in a fun tour combining sports and ancient traditions

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Important information


from 1 April to 30 October

Departure point:

Venice, Marina Sant'Elena, Campo della Chiesa 1 - Sant'Elena

Departure time

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
8.30 am - 10.30 am - 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm

Languages available



Full: €50,00

For security reasons, children under the age of 10 are not accepted.
Children 10 years of age or over pay the full price.

approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • History snippets on Venice and Venetian rowing
  • Venetian rowing course in the Arsenale area
  • Short stop at Via Garibaldi market
  • Visit to a typical Venetian 'squero'
  • Option to use the changing rooms and toilets at the dock
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"
Additional information:

There will be no refund in case of NO-SHOW (non-attendance at the start of the tour at the allocated time and at the meeting point indicated on the voucher) and/or rejection of the service on the day; if customers wander off during the tour; or if they decide to leave the tour before the end of the service.

To take part in the tour, you must be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the departure time specified, and present either a paper or an electronic voucher.

Directions to reach Marina Sant'Elena. On foot: from Piazza San Marco, continue on Riva degli Schiavoni for 20 minutes approximately in direction of Sant'Elena . By boat: get off at the 'Sant'Elena' stop and continue on foot. The dock is located behind the Per Luigi Penzo Stadium, near the Church of Sant'Elena.

The guide will wait for you at the meeting point for a maximum of 20 minutes. If you do not show up within this time, the lesson will be canceled. We therefore ask you to carefully work out the time you need to reach the meeting point, in order to arrive on time and enjoy the entire duration of the booked service.

Please keep your mobile phone switched on, so that we can promptly contact you to tell you about any changes due to weather conditions and/or unforeseen circumstances.

Before starting the tour, each participant will be asked to sign a document proving they are in good health and to join the association to make sure you are fully ensured.

The tour is private. It's guaranteed with a minimum of 2 people.

Bookings can be made up to 24 working hours before the service.

CANCELLATION POLICIES: In case of cancellation due to adverse weather conditions, you will be promptly contacted to reschedule the lesson. If this is not possible, you will be given a full refund.
With cancellations up to 72 hours before the date booked for the rowing lesson, 50% of the amount will be reimbursed, no refund will be given within 72 hours.

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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Are you ready to discover all the secrets of Venetian rowing and to experience first-hand this ancient tradition, right in the places where it was born? This private excursion will give you the chance to live a truly thrilling experience: rowing in Venetian style along the canals of Venice in the Arsenale area, a land rich in history and culture.

How will the tour unfold? Once you reach Marina Sant'Elena, located in the Castello district, you will meet your guide who, after introducing themselves, will give you a brief historical introduction to Venice and Venetian rowing - a peculiar rowing technique developed in the Venetian lagoon - in which the rower uses a single oar.

After the introduction talk, you will be accompanied on board a typical Venetian boat and practice in the quiet basin of the dock, before leaving for the actual excursion. Our boats (sandolo, caorlina, gondola and popparino) carry from 2 to 6 people – therefore, depending on the number of participants and their physical characteristics, the staff will decide which type of boat suits you best.

Once you become familiar with the oar, you will be ready to embark on this new adventure... Ready? Let’s go! Sailing north, you will view the Basilica of San Pietro, overlooking the homonymous island, which used to be the cathedral of Venice until 1807, when it was replaced by San Marco, until then the customs chapel. Built on a project by Palladio in the mid-sixteenth century, the basilica has a Latin cross plan with three naves and a large dome on the cross vault. The bell tower is more detached, recognizable for its unintended tilt: after a thunderbolt that hit it in 1463, causing serious damage to it, it was rebuilt about twenty years later by the architect Mauro Codussi.

The tour will continue inside the Arsenale, a marvelous complex of shipyards and workshops, linked to the most flourishing period of the Serenissima which, for over seven centuries, has managed to keep its nature of a shipyard and weapon factory. Part of the Arsenale currently houses the Naval History Museum, while another part is used by the Venice Biennale as a location for its contemporary art exhibitions.

The Arsenale of Venice is undoubtedly a majestic place that deserves to be admired and for this reason right here there will be a short stop during which you can take some pictures and listen to the explanations of your guide.

After leaving the Arselane along Canale delle Vergini, you will reach the lively Via Garibaldi, located at the beginning of the Riva dei Sette Martiri: long and wide, it hosts numerous commercial activities and, in the morning, a colorful fruit and vegetable market. Here there will be another stop and you will have some free time to take some pictures or to have a typical Venetian snack. Fun fact: Via Garibaldi and Via XXII Marzo are the only two streets in Venice to be called 'Vie' and not 'Calli'.

Once you set off again, you will star to row in the narrow Canale di Sant'Anna, until you reach a famous Venetian 'Squero'. Many of you are probably wondering what a 'squero' is... and we at are here to reveal the mystery! It is the classic shipyard where expert carpenters and shipwrights build and repair small boats such as gondolas, ‘sandoli’ and other vessels typical of the Venetian naval tradition. The term 'squero' comes from the word 'squara', a tool used in these environments. Interesting, isn’t it?

As you reach the end of this last visit, you will by now be rowing like true Venetians, and hence return to the starting point - Marina Sant'Elena - where you can use the changing rooms and toilets for free.

So, have we convinced you? Taking part in the tour is very easy, just fill in the form and... that's it!

Take part in our Venetian rowing private lesson with a guided excursion to Venice, in the Arsenale area and get ready to live an experience as real protagonists... because, as someone once said, 'Venice must be seen twice: from land and from the water!'

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