Row the Canal Grande: Evenings and Sundays
Only to those who stay the night in the city is the true splendor of Venice revealed. And only to the few who row the grandest of her canals—of an evening or on a sunny Sunday when weekday work boats are moored away—does she express her gratitude.
If you’re a slower traveler, and would like to savor the locals’ Venice and not simply check off another Euro ‘must-see’, the Grand Canal lesson was created for you.
Propelling your own batela down the spectacular Canalasso, the Canal Grande, allows you to viscerally comprehend what all passionate vogatori prize. Glide silently through evening canals that, no longer agitated by the day’s traffic, mirror before you the gleaming palace lights and more humble garrets above them. On Sundays, you can reclaim for yourself a Grand Canal abandoned by weekday work boats. This is the Venice that ensnared Ruskin, Casanova, Browning and Byron, the Venice available only to those who have the patience to seek it out.