Learn To Be a Gondolier – Learn How To Row a Gondola in Venice

Enjoy learning how to row a gondola on a special training gondola boat.  An exclusive, hands-on gondola ride for all levels.

Learn To Be a Gondolier-Learn How To Row a Gondola in Venice

Take 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.

A Hands on Fun Experience Suitable for all Levels

Our hands-on gondola ride is suitable for all activity levels. Best of all, this easy rowing lesson can be as relaxing or as educational as you want it to be. Want to try your hand at this ancient skill? Prefer to sit back and soak up the views? Either way, this hands-on gondola ride and easy Venice rowing lesson is for you.

Experience the real Venice

Gondolas are one of the most iconic things in Venice. Have fun on our easy, relaxing gondola ride, or get hands-on experience being a gondolier. Whichever you choose, we’ll make sure you experience the real Venice.

Venice-A city by any other name

A gondola ride is without doubt one of Venice’s most iconic attractions. It’s not the only way to experience Venice, though. If you’re in Venice for a whole day or more, pair it with our Original Venice Walk. That way, you’ll get to enjoy the best of Venice. And you’ll also get to find out why it’s called so many names. City of Masks, City of Bridges, City of Canals, the Floating City, La Serenissima… and more.



  • Hands-on rowing lesson in a specially-designed training gondola
  • Qualified instructor

Meeting point

  • Your voucher with meeting point details will be emailed to you as soon as your tour is confirmed.


We conduct our Venice rowing lessons in specially-designed training gondolas, called batelina. These vessels can hold up to 4 people, regardless of age. If your group is larger than 4 people, you will need two boats. Rest assured, your boats will be close together though, making for great photo ops!

Never! The training gondolas we use are stable, spacious and deep. The only way you’ll ever end up in the water is if you jump in on purpose.

Your gondola rowing lesson finishes at the starting point.

All our lessons are private! We do not combine people, groups, or lessons.


1 review for Learn To Be a Gondolier – Learn How To Row a Gondola in Venice

  1. Frank Barley

    Anna was an exceptional teacher who taught us the history of Venetian rowing as well as the technique. We all had turns rowing front and back, and learned the Italian words for the positions, tools, and commands. Anna was a delightful person who gave advice about Venice with the pride of a resident.

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