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 quiet 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 side canals leading to the evening Canal Grande that, no longer agitated by the day’s traffic, mirrors before you gleaming palace lights and more humble garrets above them. On Sundays, you can reclaim the Grand Canal abandoned by weekday work boats for yourself. This is the Venice that that locals still claim, the Venice that ensnared Ruskin, Casanova, Browning and Byron, available only to those who have the patience to seek it out.