Row a real gondola

Be Venetian is closed

Our gondola has been retired after something like fifty years of working life.

We therefore no longer offer rowing lessons.

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Be Venetian - Row a real gondola

Be Venetian

Be Venetian is the only place in Venice where you can try rowing a real gondola, under the instruction of one of our coaches.

The gondola is the symbol of Venice. It is a unique boat for a unique city, and you can catch gondola rides in many places around the city.

But what if you’d like to try to row a gondola yourself?

With Be Venetian you can try to be Venetian and row a real Venetian gondola.

Be Venetian - Row a real gondola

Gondola rowing lesson

Gondola rowing lessons are for 1-4 persons, of a duration of 1½-2½ hours depending on group size.

You will learn and practice how to steer, row and stop a real gondola, just like the gondoliers do. After a lesson you will also know how to tell prow and stern oars apart and be able to hold an oar the right way.

Of course we won’t be talking only of how the gondola is made and about the peculiar Venetian rowing style. You will discover the origins of Venice and get to know the larger islands of its lagoon, as well as listen to some fascinating facts about the place where you will be rowing: a truly immersive experience in a unique natural environment, shaped by thousand of years of history.

A maximum of 4 people per lesson ensures a pleasurable learning experience to all participants.

Children and non-rowing partners can sit on the comfortable “parecio”, the elegantly decorated seats, and watch you carrying them around if they prefer doing so.

Although a gondola is a very large and stable boat, for security reasons we request minors to be accompanied by an adult at all times. Life jackets are available for those who wish to wear one.