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Really great! Julia was so patient with us, and managed to keep us relaxed throughout! We learned so much more about the way navigation is run in Venice, had the best time on the canals and then out in the open laguna. Absolutely memorable experience and a super bargain for the price considering the prices in Venice are high on all tourist attratractions. What a super idea you've had and I am so glad I found this activity by chance on the net.
I highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to know more about rowing and the importance of the canal in Venice. Ana was amazing, and inspiring. She was a passionate and knowledgable teacher. She instilled confidence enough to make me feel excited about rowing and not terrified of falling in. It was a wonderful picture of how Venetians use the canals for everything and how rowing can slow down the pace of the city in an extremely positive way.
My instructor, Caroline, was amazing! On the day I arrived I was the only one rowing so she gave me lots of personal attention and was great with communication. It's a great experience to have and a unique spin on navigating the canals and lagoon of Northern Venice as a tourist. The company provides directions to the meetup spot and lets you know to allow plenty of time to arrive since Venice is tricky to commute in. Highly recommended experience.
Had so much fun! Practiced rowing and steering, and our guide Felix was very helpful and friendly. Seeing Venice from a different perspective was great, and we learned some history along the way. Don't just take a touristy gondola ride while you're in Venice -- learn to be a gondolier yourself!
Nan was the best teacher ever. She was Patient and made me feel completely confident. My friend was there to take pictures and Nan allowed her to accompany us on the lesson! She took me down small canals and then larger ones. She explained the history and navigation. She allowed me to decide on rowing in the great lagoon, which a declined so, we stayed on the canals. Learning to be a gondolier is something everyone should experience while in Venezia.
great tour- very attentive and cool guides. the meetup was at row venice meeting point harbour away from all the tourist and water traffic. after a few minutes of instruction and going through the motions, you immediately hop into the boat and start rowing.
Awesome experience!!!! 90 minutes of one on one instruction through small canals. Truly a once in a lifetime experience!!!
Excellent!!! Being a gondolier is harder than it looks and it was a great experience to navigate the canals.
This was a great way to enjoy a gondola, far better than the "tourist" ride down dark canals seeing nothing.
I really enjoyed this experience, I was the only "student" in my boat so I had lots of opportunity to work on my skills. My instructor was very knowledgable and patient with me. We were able to go down some beautiful quiet canals and feel the peacefulness of them. If you are looking to do something a little different in Venice, I would highly reccomend this.
Highly enjoyable experience in the quietest and most peaceful part of Venice. The guide was really patient and so interesting .
fantastic experience great way to learn about traditional venetian culture, highly recommend
No one believed I was taking this class or even that there was a class like this. Jane and her staff are ladies that really have the concept, skill and patients to get even someone like myself that is not a good swimmer to love the class and respect rowing, gondola's even more. Thank you so much Jane! I will be back next time to do better I promise!
Excellent and interesting time. Learned about how the gondolas are steered and now have a greater appreciation for how they do it. My guide [I was lucky enough to be solo and had an excellent young woman as an instructor] explained the process to me, showed me, let me try it myself and answered my questions openly. Very good experience.
We purchased this activity for a fun and unique Venice experience. The ladies were very professional and were great with their instruction. A cool experience but could have been a little more fun than efficient. I'm glad we did it and totally recommend it!
Fun, experiential. We had ample opportunities to row. There were 4 of us including my husband and 2 sons (ages 11 and 17). We started at the dock with rowing then when we were in the lagoon we each had a chance to steer. I've had many inner ear infections so my balance is off. I was able to stand and row but didn't feel it was wise to stand at the back and steer. I was able to steer while standing in the boat -- though more difficult than if I were in the proper position because of a limited reach (and didn't fall in or tip anyone out) which for me was a success.
Our instructor was very professional and a good teacher. The only thing that would make it better would be a bit more of the history of gondolas.
Nice experience. It doesn't take as much effort and strength as I thought it would.
May have been more fun if the weather cooperated we got soaked but our schedule didn't allow us a chance to rebook. Our guide was a woman which was a pleasant surprise and she was more than qualified being a boat racer yes they race them!!!
I had fun but I didn't really feel like the instructors did much. They gave us some basic instruction for the first 10 minutes and then just talked to each other while we took turns rowing the gondola. It would have been nice if they would have provided us with some history and other notes along the way.
I really enjoyed this and my instructor was very patient with my inability to row from the back position as well as I could at the front. I do think this tour should specify that you don't actually row a gondola, you row another type of venetian boat. I think this is borderline false advertising.