4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

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  • Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration:  90 minutes (approx.)

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2014

Awesome experience!!!! 90 minutes of one on one instruction through small canals. Truly a once in a lifetime experience!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Excellent!!! Being a gondolier is harder than it looks and it was a great experience to navigate the canals.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Fabulous!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Great fun!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

This was a great way to enjoy a gondola, far better than the "tourist" ride down dark canals seeing nothing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Highly enjoyable experience in the quietest and most peaceful part of Venice. The guide was really patient and so interesting .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

fantastic experience great way to learn about traditional venetian culture, highly recommend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

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.

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2014

Highlight for us in venice

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2014

She was lovely

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2014

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!

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2014

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.

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