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 or holiday 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 prize, the Venice that ensnared Ruskin, Casanova, Browning and Byron, available only to those who have the patience to seek it out.

The Grand Canal EVENING Row

will start at sunset (or after sunset in late September and October). The lesson takes place in the Grand Canal with passages to and from in smaller side canals. If you’re dining in the Cannaregio area, we may be able to arrange to drop off at the end of your row (though be aware this may shorten your lesson).

The Grand Canal SUNDAY  & holiday Row

start times are throughout the day from 10.00 to 16.00, and at 8.30 April through October. We also offer the Grand Canal Row on international and Italian holidays when work boats will be absent, just check for availability!

Details, Row the Canal Grande

Have more questions? Find answers in our FAQs. Otherwise, book below!

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

The Sunday and holiday Row Canal Grande lessons start from 10.00- 16.00 on Sundays only; also at 8.30 Apr-Oct. Also available on international and Italian holidays, check calendar below for availability.

There is no charge for children under 4 years old; just include a note in the reservation comments.

The Evening Row cost is €180 for 80 minutes for each batelina (1-4 participants); the larger batela for groups of 5 only, €320.

The Sunday & holiday row cost is €160 for 80 minutes for each batelina (1-4 participants); the larger batela for groups of 5 only, €260.

Note that if you include a restaurant drop off, it may shorten lesson time.