I can't recommend Row Venice enough! We were there during the height of summer (end of July) during a crazy heat-wave, but a nice long row on the canals of Venice at sunset was just what the doctor ordered. My wife had organized the activity for ourselves and our friends. We have one child, they had two, with ages from 9 - 12. The kids absolutely loved it, as did we. The three instructors divided each family into their own boat, and gave all of us a lesson on rowing the "shrimp tail boats" that they use. Learning how to use the open oarlock was a bit tricky at first, but once you got the feel for it, it became much easier. We had two instructors with us: one steering the boat, and the other sitting in the bow overseeing our rowing and being our tour guide for the trip. We learned so much from these native Venetians in our approximately 1.5-2 hour tour. We thought we might be relegated to side canals, but after a few blocks, we found ourselves on the Grand Canal! I can't really describe how amazing it was to watch my 11 year old row under the Rialto Bridge under pink and orange skies. We enjoyed every moment of our row, and were easily able to switch-off whenever we got tired. It was easily the highlight of our time in the city, and I'd recommend it so very highly. I'd much rather be active in my adventures in Venice than be chauffeured around in a gondola! We also received a great history and culture lesson from the instructors, who were able to tell us about notable landmarks, famous buildings, the different architects of the city, and the history of the city itself. Overall a wonderful experience.
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