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Boating & Cruises
Courses & Classes
Make your own masterpiece with painting, etching and sculpture courses at the studio that once housed Tintoretto’s workshop.
Aspiring sea captains with nerves of steel can take on Venetian water traffic in a rented boat from Brussa . You can hire a 7m boat (including fuel) that can carry up to six people for an hour (€32.50) or a day (€181...
The oldest rowing club in Venice was established in 1882...
Istituto Venezia . Learn Italian and pick up a few choice words in Venetian for happy-hour toasts. For advanced learners, one- to four-week courses cover such local obsessions as cooking, wine and Venetian art history.
Arts & Crafts
Create Carnevale masks in a 2½ hour workshop here. Classes focus on either the art of papier mâché sculpting or painted-mask decoration.
Earn credit as you learn more about Venice from this uni which has credit recognition arrangements with several universities in the Netherlands, Spain, China, USA and Japan...
To tour at your own pace, rent a set of wheels from this friendly bike place near the Lido vaporetto stop, with reasonable prices that include a free map with recommended routes...
Row across the Giudecca Canal standing up, Venetian style, with instructors from the Associazione Canottieri Giudecca . Referrals for instructors can also be found at Maredicarta.
Lakes, Rivers & Waterfalls
Named after a glamorous nightclub that once stood on the beach, the Blue Moon serves the spiaggia comunale (public beach) at the northern end of the Lido...
Explore the far reaches of the lagoon by day or hidden Venetian canals by night in a traditional sampierota, a narrow twin-sailed boat. Reserve ahead and note that trips are subject to weather conditions.
Beach chairs and bronzed lifeguards may seem a world apart from muggy, ripe Venice in summer, but they’re only a 15-minute ferry ride away...
Design it yourself at this institute which offers three- to four-week English-language summer courses in fashion design, photography and graphic design, in addition to year-long programs and accredited masters degree...
Spot rare lagoon wildlife, admire architectural gems of Burano and Torcello, and moor for a tasty fish-stew lunch, all via bragosso (Venetian barge).
Intriguing walking tours run by a nonprofit historical society (proceeds support ongoing Venetian historical research) with themes such as ‘A City of Nations’, exploring multiethnic Venice through the ages; and ‘A Mo...
The next best thing to walking on water: rowing a sandolo (Venetian boat) standing up like gondoliers do, with Australian-Venetian rowing coach Jane Caporal.
Get to know Venice from the inside out, with a range of English-language courses including seasonal Italian cookery, chamber music and choral performances in a local palazzo (palace or mansion), rowing standing up V...
Food & Drink
Maree Veneziane (Venetian Tides) tours explore areas of the lagoon not usually glimpsed by visitors; an up-close-and-personal look at distant island communities, nature preserves established through environmental ini...
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