Learn to row a gondola in Venice ★★

A rowing lesson in Venice, Learn to row a gondola in Venice, Venice, Italy (Photo courtesy of Carolyn Spencer Brown)
A rowing lesson in Venice

Be a gondolier for the day: Take rowing lessons in a bona-fide gondola or other classic Venetian boat

, Learn to row a gondola in Venice, Venice, Italy. (Photo courtesy of Select Italy)
, Learn to row a gondola in Venice, Venice, Italy. (Photo ©)
, Learn to row a gondola in Venice, Venice, Italy. (Photo courtesy of Viator)

Ever wanted to take the stick and learn how to steer a gondola around the canals of Venice?

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:

You might also check out Canottierigiudecca.com, a local rowing club that offers 5 lessons for €30 ($33)—though it's in a canoe, not a gondola.

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