About Be Venetian and René Seindal

Be Venetian is a project by René Seindal, who lives, works and rows in Venice.

René on the gondola

René Seindal comes from Denmark, but lives in Venice for almost 10 years. Fragments of his past are also scattered in other places around Italy: in the Marche, in Rome and in Palermo.

He now lives in Venice for over ten years with Martina, his Venetian wife, and their two dogs Stella and Giubba.

René has spent much of the last ten years running a kayaking business in Venice,

Just a soon as he had found a place to sleep on arrival in Venice, he signed up in a rowing club on the Lido to learn to row Venetian style. Not long after he bought his first boat, and now he has more than he has room to keep.

He is also on the board of the small Venetian cultural rowing association Soralai.

René has a M.A. in History and Italian from the University of Copenhagen, and a B.Sc. in computer science and mathematics. He is also an authorised tour leader (accompagnatore turistico) in Italy.

His native tongue is Danish, and he speaks and writes English and Italian fluently.

History and Photography

Besides fooling around in boats, René has a passion for history and everything past. This has found an outlet in History Walks Venice, which offers unique bespoke walking tours in Venice and boat tours in the lagoon, with a focus on the history of Venice.

René Seindal is also a keen photographer. He does photo walks and photo shoots for Photo Walks Venice. He is on the board of the Venetian photographic association Marco Polo Fotografia. His photos has been exhibited in Venice and elsewhere on various occations. A collection of his photos is available online at Venice Street Photography.

Finally, he is also a member and volunteer with the ArcheoClub Venezia, where among other things he does guided visits in English and Italian at the Lazzaretto Nuovo.