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- 98%History Buffs
- 87%Local Culture
- 82%Family Travelers
- 71%Luxury Travelers
- 67%Art & Design Lovers
- 64%Budget Travelers
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- Gondola ServiceMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jul 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.Recommended for:
- Gondola ServiceMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4Mar 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.Recommended for:
- Gondola ServiceMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsStudentsBackpackersFeb 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!Recommended for:
- Gondola ServiceMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 5Dec 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.Recommended for:
- Gondola ServiceMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 4Nov 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.Recommended for:
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- Gondola ServiceApr 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)Recommended for:
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- Gondola ServiceJan 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!Recommended for:
- Gondola ServiceJan 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.
- Gondola ServiceMember ofLocal CultureLuxury TravelersJul 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.
- Gondola ServiceMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsHistory Buffs+ 2Jul 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.
- Gondola ServiceJul 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'.
- Gondola ServiceMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 7Jul 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.
Aliases: Traghetto Gondole Molo - Servizio Gondola