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.

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 lessons start throughout the day from 10.00 to 16.00, and at 8.30 April  through October.

Details, Row the Canal Grande

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 lessons start from 10.00- 16.00 on Sundays only; also at 8.30 Apr-Oct.

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

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

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

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

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