Sean Jamieson of The Gondola Company in Coronado sent me a link to this article, which talks about a sort of "voga-tourism".
"Row, Row, Row Your Gondola"
Gondoliers and other fans of Venetian rowing have been learning the art in rowing clubs for a long time, but this is the first time I've seen an article from a travel writer promoting it.
Sean told me his favorite quote was:
"standing and seeing where you are going is the rowing of free men, while paddling seated and going backward is the lot of slaves."
A great sentence, which makes me think about how very accurate it must have been centuries ago - where if you were enslaved in a maritime realm, you probably would end up seated and serving whether you liked it or not.
After reading the article, check out the slideshow - with some nice images taken in and around the Querini club.