LEARN HOW TO ROW VENETIAN STYLE
Nothing is more quintessentially Venetian than rowing down the quiet Lagoon and the city’s silent canals on one of its slender, elegant boats in the traditional style, standing up, facing forward.
It is called the voga alla veneta, and on this tour you will do it yourself. Because the iconic gondola is far too unstable for voga (Venetian rowing) lessons, you will learn to row in a hand crafted batella, or in a spacious and stable craft caorlina.
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- Navigation along beautiful and quiet Cannaregio canals
- Rowing in the Lagoon
- Learn about Venice environment
ROW VENETIAN STYLE
Venice was born on mud flats, salt marshes and shallow waters of its expansive lagoon: with 210 square miles and an average depth of just about one meter, it forms the largest wetland in the Mediterranean.
The unique, stand-up voga alla veneta style of rowing was born in this environment, along with a variety of low, flat-bottomed, keel-less, easy to maneuver boats devised to transport people and goods through a meandering network of channels, canals, and tidal creeks.
A people of boatmen and merchants, the Venetians where masters of lagoon navigation and used it to make their city an invincible bastion. While over 50 different types of lagoon craft once existed for everything from fishing expeditions to transport of passengers and cargo of all sorts, speedy war galleys and fleets of round cargo ships were constructed in the Arsenale (a Venetian word meaning boatyard—not weapons
DRESS CODE AND ADVICE
- Sunscreen, a hat, flexible shoes and a very casual wear will do!
- 1-2 people 170 Euros – each additional person 60 Euros per person.
- A boat takes up to 4 people
- This tour lasts 1.5 hours.