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Gondola Service

1 San Marco, Venice, VE 30124, Italy
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    Rich Carriero
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    4 Jul 07, 2014

    The gondolas are one of the most potent symbols of Venetian culture. These small boats offer guided tours of the city for a hefty price. It's worth it to see the expert oarsmen stand up there in designer clothes with an oar in one hand and a cell phone or cigarette in the other. A good tip is to take a Traghetto ride across the Grand Canal for a shorter trip at a much cheaper price.

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    Steve DeAngelo
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    5 Mar 26, 2014

    We thoroughly enjoyed our Gondola ride through the winding Venetian canals. The elderly gentleman that took us around had a very sweet, soft, but talented voice. We look forward to the next excursion through the Venice labyrinth.

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    Tigalina
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    4 Feb 28, 2014

    Yes, it is expensive. Since I've already been to Venice so often and never took a ride with a Gondola, last summer I finally decide to try it. We could decide whether we want to ride the huge canals or we prefer smaller, quieter ones. The gondolier sang some songs for us. It was nice!

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    Mel S Wong
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    4 Dec 20, 2013

    Riding in a gondola is definitely a at least do it once while in Venice experience. Taking pictures of these gondola is definitely a do it every time you get a chance when the lighting is good experience…and it is free to take pictures.

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    Lauren Baker
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    3 Nov 07, 2013

    Gondola rides are exclusively for tourists now, and the hefty prices are regulated, so don't expect to shop around and find a better deal. I thought it was more expensive than it was worth, especially since you can walk at night and enjoy the romantic sounds and sights of the oarsmen from a bridge for free. I recommend taking a traghetto across the canal instead. It's around €1 and technically you can say you've taken a gondola.

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    Rachel Greene
    5 Oct 19, 2013

    On my most recent trip, I was finally able to take my first ever Gondola ride. I have to say, this is an incredible way to see the city from within the canals. Touristy, obviously, but fun and informative as well.

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    AndrewDThorpe
    5 Apr 20, 2014

    A Traghetto ride across the Grand Canal is by far the cheapest and quickest way to take a Gondola ride in Venice. Traghetti ply their trade at various points where there isn't a convenient bridge. Cost is less than€1.

    The boats are old gondolas that have been stripped of their brocaded chairs and other luxury trimmings. They are rowed by two oarsmen: one who stands behind the passengers like a traditional gondolier, the other closer to the bow.

    Most traghetti have been operated by the same families for generations. There are seven routes that are still active:

    Fondamente S. Lucia (in front of the railroad station) - Fondamenta San Simeón Piccolo
    San Marcuola - Fóndaco dei Turchi (by the Natural History Museum)
    Santa Sofia (near Ca' D'Oro) - Pescaria (fish market)
    Riva del Carbòn - Fondamente del Vin
    Sant' Angelo - San Tomà
    San Samuele - Ca' Rezzónico
    Campo del Traghetto - Calle Lanza (near the Salute Church)

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    Sophia Aduana
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    4 Feb 08, 2013

    Never realized the hefty price that came with the ride until I was in Venice, but it IS Venice after all...the gondola ride, as touristy as it may be, is a must.

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    Jen H
    4 Jan 11, 2013

    You've gotta do the gondola if you come to Venice. Eventhough the experience is mediocre due to all the constructions going constantly, you got to do it!

    The best thing to do before you go on the gondola, bring a bottle of wine, set a playlist to your phone, and have a good laughs with friends.

    You can't beat the history and the ride is something you have to do once in your life. I had a great time and enjoyed my ride. I could've done it without the stench, but overall great!

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    Tomomi White
    4 Jan 02, 2013

    Our last day in Venice, we came upon this lovely little street called Calle de la Canonica, and we couldn't help but finally give in to the urge to get on the gondola. As you can see in my pictures, this gondola ride is a touristy one and not a practical one as others have mentioned. But this ride goes up and down the little canals of Venice with a finale in the Grand Canal near Piazza San Marco. Overall, I enjoyed the ride and the view of the city from a different angle.

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    Sandra Mack
    3 Nov 06, 2012

    Well worth the trip. Although it helps to haggle the price. They can smell a tourist a mile away. Shop around many of them offer the same thing and you may get a better price further down the canal!

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    Karmen Lallave
    5 Sep 24, 2012

    This is a must-do when you set ur foot at Venice. It's one of a kind thing that stands Venice out among the rest of Italy.

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    Emma Pitt
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    You have to ride a gondola!!! Yes its abit pricey, but its a life experience!! Why would you go to Venice and NOT ride a gondola, makes no sense!!!!!

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    Leigh Virkus
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    3 Jul 05, 2012

    What's wrong with us?!? We did not participate in a gondola ride! Riding a gondola is a very touristy thing to do. When traveling abroad, we try to blend in with the locals as much as possible. The locals seldom ride the gondolas...They are too expensive and too common! However, gondolas are part of the Venetian scene, so we enjoyed watching them float along the canals.

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    Laura Benvenuti
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    3 Jul 05, 2012

    Certo che si può.Anche se fa freddo, i gondolieri lavorano sempre. E' consigliabile essere ben coperti,per via del freddo e l' umidità, ma Venezia ha un suo fascino anche d' inverno, avvolta dalla nebbia.

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    DFigiel
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    After having passed on a gondola ride on our first trip to Venice, we decided we needed this memory with our son...well, well worth the trip and even better hearing a 16 month old at his best effort to say 'gondola' which sounded more like 'gon-gon'.

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    Craig Kellar
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Traghettos are a great way to get directly across the canal, riding over the water like an aquatic version of a moving sidewalk.

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    Julia P
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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Riding in a gondola was one of my first Italian experiences. And so, it has remained a legend in my mind. If you go to Venice, you must take a gondola ride. Never mind that it is, for price and touristy saturation, analogous to horse and buggy rides in Central Park, it will forever carry an air of romance in my mind.

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    4 Apr 16, 2013
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    5 Mar 08, 2013

    romance in Gondola

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The "Traghetto Gondole Molo" Gondola Service is not only a complete staple to the Venice exploration experience, but a key element to a rich aspect of Italian culture and history. Riding across the canal consists of a slow stream of beautiful architectural sites while two oarsmen take you to your destination. It's even more relaxing than it sounds, if you can believe it. Not only is riding on a ... read more
Gondola a culturally significant experience, it is also an extremely practical one. Taking a Traghetto Gondola across the Grand Canal is easily one of the cheapest and most reliable methods of transportation in the city.

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Aliases: Traghetto Gondole Molo - Servizio Gondola