Venetian Rowing Lesson

To start your lesson, we’ll introduce you to our traditional batelina, once one of the most prolific craft in the city. Now extremely rare, they make an exceptional first-time rowing boat: stable and comfortable.

We’ll then concentrate on the basic stroke for rowing a prua (at the prow), giving a demonstration and then letting each person try it themselves, with the boat still moored. We’ll then depart, with each rower taking turns and getting acclimated to the stoke as we glide along a wide, quiet canal. We’ll then cross then into the expansive, open lagoon, where you’ll be encouraged to try rowing a poppa — steering the boat yourself at the stern, just like a gondolier. (If it’s too windy, you can still try the steering position in the canals.) We’ll then return back through the evocative side canals back to the drop-off point.

Learn more about our distinctive, traditional boats, the rare belle bateline, or

Large Groups

If you have from 5 to 13 people in your group, you can book the boats you need below yourself at any hour they are free using our online booking system. If you need an extra four-person boat, do check with us to see if we can accomodate you.

FOR LARGER GROUPS, we can arrange lessons for up to 17 participants at one time slot for a cost of €40 per person; larger groups can reserve multiple time slots. Please register and then write us with your requirements and we’ll arrange your group booking.

Details, Venetian Rowing Lesson

All lessons are private


Lessons are 80 minutes, and are offered year-round except on international and Italian holidays. Check the booking calendar below for availability and booking.

Total cost, per boat (whether rowing or riding) is €100 for 1 or 2 people, €130 for 3, €150 for 4, and €150 per boat on public holidays and after 5:30 pm; €220 for the 5-person batela, €260 on holidays and after 5:30 pm. (There is no charge for children under 4 years, just include a note in the reservation comments.)

Lessons in English or Italian, but we also in French, German and Spanish depending on instructor availability. Note your non-English language preference in the booking comments.

We recommend wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and flexible sports shoes; bring water & head cover on a hot day.


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