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Venetian Lagoon Experience Rowing in Venice

1 hr 30 mins
Cannareggio Area
Refundable booking
rowing in venice

LivTour’s Rowing in Venice Experience is an enticing way to discover one of the city’s more treasured traditions. A city completely surrounded and built on water, boats have long been the central mode of transportation.  There are no roads or cars in this city, only canals and boats! This experience is one that you will never forget as you learn the traditional rowing technique that only Venetians know.  You will be rowing in one of the city’s rare and traditional wooden boats. This immersive experience allows you to feel like a real local.

LivTours constantly look for the absolute best way to experience a city like a local so that you can completely immerse yourself in the wonders of where you are. This Venetian Rowing Class will give you the opportunity to learn this unique technique only used by locals. Once you are ready, you will sail out into the canal to put your oar in and give it a try yourself.  No experience required and fun for the whole family!


  • Experience the art of rowing in the Venice lagoon, the oldest tradition in Venice
  • Learn to row a rare and traditional wooden Venetian boat, known as the batella
  • Get insider tips & special rowing techniques from local rowing experts
  • Enjoy the quieter side of the Venice lagoon, allowing you to row freely & safely
  • Gain a first-hand appreciation for the traditions & customs of this city on water

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Your adventure starts near the Fondamente Nove Ferry Station located in the northern district of Cannaregio, a quieter district away from the crowds, thus avoiding the busy waterways near the city’s most famous landmarks. Quieter waters allow you to truly enjoy this unique experience while you learn to row like a true Venetian!

Your class will teach you the traditional Venetian style of rowing, voga alla veneta, in a hand-crafted wooden boat unique to Venice and referred to locally as a batella with its shrimp-tail-like design. These boats are not gondolas and boast unique shapes and features that are now extremely rare, making this an even more exclusive experience. Additionally, these boats are smaller and easier to balance than a gondola, allowing you to master the art of rowing quickly without any experience needed!

Traditional rowing in Venice, voga alla veneta, is done standing up and facing forward while you row gliding through the canals while allowing the captain a clear view of traffic up ahead. This unique technique has been passed down for hundreds of years and many locals are trying to preserve this tradition for future generations.

Your lesson will start with an introduction to these beautiful Venetian boats that were once the most popular boat in the city before motorboats. Before you hit the open waters, you will learn the basic techniques of rowing from a local Venetian rower and you will have a chance to practice while the boat is still moored.  Once you feel confident, you will set sail with your expert Venetian rower with you as you take turns rowing and even learn to steer like a professional.

Once your rowing in Venice class is complete, you can enjoy a leisurely ride through the pretty canals back to the drop-off point where you started. You will have truly experienced Venice like a local, standing in a traditional Venetian boat, rowing down one of its canals. An immersive experience to remember forever!


  • Private interactive rowing instruction
  • Row a traditional & rare batella boat
  • Learn the traditional rowing technique
  • Immersive local experience

  • Offered in: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. Please specify under “Additional notes” if you wish to book the tour in a language other than English.
  • Due to these unprecedented times and ongoing safety and regulation changes, some sites may have limited accessibility if the venue can not guarantee social distancing which may lead to unforeseen tour modifications. Thank you for your understanding.
  • LivTours’ is and always has been based on sustainable travel and especially in these new times, we are proud to be at the forefront of innovation, change, and challenges that are presented to us during this post-pandemic time. At the moment, due to Covid-19 safety regulations are required to wear a mask at all times. Please bring one for every participant over 6 years of age.

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