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 HERE
If you have from 5-8 people in your group, you can book two boats yourself at any hour they are free using our online booking system. If you only see one boat free, do check with us to see if we can add another.
For larger groups of more than 8 people, we can arrange for multiple lessons, and/or multiple boats. Please write us with your requirements and we’ll arrange your booking.
Details, Venetian Rowing Lesson
All lessons are private
Lessons are 90 minutes
Total cost (whether rowing or riding) is €85 for 1 or 2 people; €120 for 3; €140 for 4.
We can guarantee lessons in English and Italian, but we also offer lessons in French, German and Spanish, depending on instructor availability. Make sure to 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.