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.

The Grand Canal Evening Row starts at sunset (after sunset in late September and October). The lesson takes place in the Grand Canal with passages to and from in smaller side canals. And, if you’re dining in the Cannaregio area, we may be able to arrange to drop off at the end of your row.

The Grand Canal Sunday Row is offered at 8.30 in summer, and at 11.30, 13.00,14.30 and 16.00 all year round.

Details, Evening Row Grand Canal

The Evening Row Canal Grande takes place from 8pm on from May through October, and at 17.30 from November through March.

The Sunday Row Canal Grande is offered at 11.30, 13.00, 14.30 and 16.00 on Sundays only; also at 8.30 Apr-Oct and 10.00 Nov-Mar.

The Evening Row cost is €180 for 90 minutes for each batelina (for 1-4 participants); book the larger batela for groups of 5 only for €320.

The Sunday row cost is €140 for 90 minutes for each batelina (for 1-4 participants); book the larger batela for groups of 5 only for €200.

Note that a restaurant drop off may shorten lesson time

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