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TAKING THE OAR

Mark Nicholls visits Venice in order to learn how to row like a real gondolier…

DISCOVER ITALIA!

In at the deep end on a ‘shrimp-tailed batela
your correspondent with instructor Nan McElroy
Images by Sharon Nicholls unless otherwise stated

Nan McElroy is patiently attempting to teach me the technique. The words grip, twist, lunge, push and return are in the instructions, chanted like a coded mantra, but I’m not sure I have them all in the correct order. I am in Venice, with a long oar in hand, balancing on a narrow vessel, and the image that I have in my mind is that I am learning to row like a real gondolier.

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About Italia!

Our cover star, Ravello, clings to the cliffs above the panoramic Amalfi Coast and is a perfect starting point for our travels this month. Take a stroll through this vibrant town to discover a place where faith, music and creativity flow.