Hotel Caprera

Cannaregio 219, Venice, Veneto, 30121, Italy
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Different size Gondolas ?

by CallMeNickie

While in Venice, I found on the back canals gondolas that were much cheaper, �€50/40minute ride where everyone else was in the €80-100 range.
Seeming "too good" to be true, I passed. But checking back on a different day/different person that rate was similar.
I asked a Grand Canal A gondolier who told me that is because A) the boat is smaller than the licensed gondola,only holding 4 persons;
B) that the oarsman isn't licensed by the city, as this is a kind of apprentice step prior to getting a big boat license and
C) they are only permitted on the secondary canals.
As I am returning to Venice in 2010, I was wondering,is this all baloney or did I pass on a great deal?

Re: Different size Gondolas ?

by leics

That's the rate I heard quoted for gondolas away from the main tourist areas when I visited last year.

If I'd wanted a gondola ride, I would have been quite happy to take one of yes, imo you did pass on a good deal.

This page has some useful info:

Re: Different size Gondolas ?

by ricky52

Saw a documentry on tv about this.
The cheaper gondolas are as described above, they are like provisional oarsmen and must grade up to controlling a boat on the large canals, this may take several years to acheive. It is a bit like London cabbies who must acheive "The Knowledge" before becoming a full cabbie.

Re: Different size Gondolas ?

by SandiM

When I was in Venice 2 years ago, I asked my hotel concierge about prices for gondola rides. He informed me that if I didn't mind sitting in a gondola with about 3 other people, I could catch a ride for about 35euros. He then directed me to a spot near San Marco square (on the southwest side behind the square) at 2pm (or so, can't quite remember) and sure enough there were about 3 gondolas ready to take passengers on a lovely ride, complete with accordian player and singer. Great deal!!! Ask your hotel!

Re: Different size Gondolas ?

by puerto_lover

There are often queues of gondola waiting to pass under the Bridge of Sighs. I don't see any joy in all that, especially at the prices mentioned. If you want good value gondola rides then just ride the Traghetto across the Grand Canal. For 50 centimos you can tell all your friends that "Yes, I had a wonderful gondola ride"

Travel Tips for Venice

Alley - Calle - - - Orientation skills

by sinoda

Venice is not your average city with a nicely layed out (rectangular) city plan. Venice has only a few very staright streets, if streets at all.

The alleys are almost randomly winding around canals and houses. So it is pretty hard to navigate your way through those alleys.

My piece of advice: check out the city map and learn ie where P Roma, Rialto, Accademia, S Marco and the Park is and how they are situated in respect to each other, so you can grasp the city in a larger scale - during day time look for the sun and how the shadows fall, this helps you to remember where roughly is north, south, east and west... and the spot you are heading to going to a piazza off the VERY centre (S Marco), spinning around with eyes closed, then trying to get to a certain place without a map...

Glorious Display

by tpal

Carol and I love flowers. From May through September much of our time is spent working in and enjoying our garden. The payoff is fresh flowers inside our house as well. As the garden fades Carol heads off to the flower shop to fill her vases. Around here the flower shops are in the supermarkets or in small hard to find little storefronts but in Venice and in other Italian cities the shops are anything but obscure.

This flower shop in Cannaregio was typical but hardly ordinary. The variety and quality of the flowers was first rate but what really impressed us was the marketing. To promote their goods in the best possible way, the shop keepers appear to place their entire inventory out on the street. The effect was stunning. The "take-it-out...take-it-in" effort must be worth it. It's certainly an eye catcher!

San Michele ( Cemetery Island)...

by chrissyalex

San Michele ( Cemetery Island) this was formerly a 'prison island',but in the early 1800's, Napoleon's occupying forces told the Venetians that they should stop burying their dead in Venice and start burying them somewhere else. Though the cemetery is mostly Catholic, there are also small sections for Protestants and Greek Orthodox.
The island is small and these graves are not permanent. The bodies can only stay there for 12 years!!!After 12 years, they are dug up and placed in metal boxes for permanent burial somewhere else.

Regatta Storica

by SPW

The first Sunday in September is the date for the annual historical regatta on the Grand Canal, preceeded by a parade of historical vessels with the crews in traditional dress.
Crowds gathered early all along the Canal, and eventually the vaporettos stopped running as various historical racing gondolas, police boats, tourist gondolas and spectator rowing boats milled around. A band provided pre parade entertainment and then the procession began.
The parade is led by the Serenissima complete with heralds sounding trumpets, and drummers. Other boats include the Dogaressa which carries the Doge and Queen Catrerina of Cyprus who was honoured by the first parade, and other fabulously decorated boats.
Following these, the racing competitors also parade, decked out in their vivid colours.
We stood near the Salute and as the vessels passed the oarsmen stood and held their oars vertically, saluting the Virgin commemoated by the church.

Venice Fire Department

by croisbeauty

Venice fire-brigade, called Vigili del Fuoco, use boats, what else could it be. I wonder if this boat can pass through all those narrow canals we see around. Do they have step-ladders to reach the upper storeys?, I haven't see any on this boat.


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Address: Cannaregio 219, Venice, Veneto, 30121, Italy