Spotlight On: Gondola Ride in Venice

To maximize our first trip to Venice (which was during winter), we rode a gondola. The rates are set by the Institute for the Conservation of the Gondola and for Gondolier’s Rights, City of Venice.


Gondola Ride Rates:
Daytime
€ 80,00 for 40 minutes up to 6 people
€ 40,00 for extra 20 minutes


Night time

€ 100,00 for personalised and standard tour (from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.), 40 minutes maximum 6 people
€ 50,00 for extra of 20 minutes

To enjoy the ride more, ask the gondolier about his offer and get settled with the rate, number of minutes, and route. Otherwise, your gondola ride may leave you with a memory which has nothing to do with enjoyment.

Some establishments are closed and al fresco dining was limited during winter

It was really cold I had hand warmers in both pockets. The lady in black coat standing on the center of the bridge is
yours truly. My hair was still long :) Moss growths at the base of the buildings show the level of water when tide is high.

Our gondolier, Alex, had a great job amazing us with the history of each building and canal we passed through. He serenaded us (this is expected from gondoliers) with a song he said was taught to him by his father who used to be a gondolier.


A glimpse of our gondola ride

Alex came from a family of gondoliers

24 comments:

  1. That is really cool. It does look like it would be cold. You do have a very interesting life. It is fun to follow the pictures. Feels like I am with you in seeing sights.

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  2. What great fun, even if it was cold. I've not been to Venice. Well, I've been to Ft. Lauderdale, which is known as the Venice of America. Not the same, though! :-)

    The lady in black with the long black hair caught my attention immediately. I thought, "What a lovely Italian woman"!

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  3. Great story and shots. It looks like a really romantic and memorable outing, but I know the cold weather must've been bothersome.

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  4. Beautiful pictures you have taken.
    I think a gondola ride very costly, it is wonderful to see all the old houses.
    Greetings Irma

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  5. I've never been in Venice, but I see you enjoyed your travel very much :)
    Nice photos, I like them.

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    1. You'll enjoy it :) Thanks for the visit!

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  7. Oh, Lea, I've always wanted to do this--so happy for you!

    Have a great weekend,
    Jen

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    1. Thank you, Jen! Have a good one, too.

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  8. My only gondola ride was at the Venetian Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was warm and cozy, but I'm sure it wasn't much like the real thing. You're lucky to have gone to Venice.

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    1. Thank you RIchard! The Venetian at Vegas sounds good, too!

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  9. Lea, thanks for stopping over to Quirky Vistas yesterday and letting me know what you were up to. Hope the book is a good read. So glad I came by because it was fun to take in a little Italian sighteseeing and gain some gondola knowledge. I love that you got a picture of yourself standing on that bridge. Great post and fun to think about such a trip!
    Liz

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    1. Yes, it was a good read and I'm halfway through it. Thank you, Liz!

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  10. Awesome photos, Lea. I have Venice on my places-to-visit bucket list ! We winter in Cape Coral, FL which apparently has more miles of canals than Venice - however, the scenery is nothing like this and there are no gondolas (at least that I've seen ;>)

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    1. Cape Coral sounds good, too. Thank you, Rick!

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  11. Never been to Venice but it loogs a great place. loved the pictures.

    Yvonne.

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