Venice Learn How to be a Gondolier Small-Group Experience

Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours in Italy

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Learn how to be a gondolier in Venice on a 1.5-hour gondola experience on the city’s beautiful canals! Meet your instructor, and learn how to maneuver a ‘gondoletto’ (training boat) around the Venetian lagoon and glide through the quieter city canals. Numbers are limited to 4 on this small-group activity, ensuring personalized attention at all times.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Cannaregio, VenetoTake an easy, relaxing gondola ride where you get to row the gondola! Discover the secrets behind the unique profession of being a gondolier while you’re at it. Row through Venice’s narrow waterways and learn details of Venetian history and culture.To start your lesson, we’ll introduce you to our traditional batelina, once one of the most prolific craft in the city. Now extremely rare, they make an exceptional first-time rowing boat: stable and comfortable.Stop At: Chiesa della Madonna dell'Orto, VenetoWe’ll then concentrate on the basic stroke for rowing a prua (at the prow), giving a demonstration and then letting each person try it themselves, with the boat still moored. We’ll then depart, with each rower taking turns and getting acclimated to the stoke as we glide along a wide, quiet canal. We’ll then cross then into the expansive, open lagoon, where you’ll be encouraged to try rowing a poppa — steering the boat yourself at the stern, just like a gondolier. (If it’s too windy, you can still try the steering position in the canals.) We’ll then return back through the evocative side canals back to the drop-off point.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

What’s included

  • Local instructor
  • Use of special gondolier training Vessel

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off