Be a gondolier for the day: Take rowing lessons in a bona-fide gondola or other classic Venetian boat
Several tour services teach you do just that: spend the afternoon taking gondola rowing lessons.
Well, OK, technically they all have you practice Venetian-style rowing in a gondoletto, or sandalo, which is a kind of Venetian boat that is a bit wider than a gondola—and hence more stable for learners—but you row exactly the same way, using a straight oar on a forcole and everything:
- Rowvenice.com (€85 ($96) for one or two, €120 ($136) for three, €140 ($158) for four)
- Venetian Rowing Lesson (€128 ($145) for two, €181 ($205) for three, €213 ($241) for four)
- Venice Authentic Gondola Rowing Lesson (€121 ($137) for one, €142 ($160) for two, €213 ($241) for three, €288 ($325) four)
- Private Venice Gondola School: Learn How to Be a Gondolier (€144 ($163) for one, €184 ($208) for two, €246 ($278) for three, €288 ($325) for four)