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    Gondola

    by solopes Updated Mar 5, 2014

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    Favorite thing: A part of each people’s imaginary, gondolas are present all over Venice. It seems that their only use now is travelling tourists for the mandatory pictures.

    I never used them, but from the bridges it is easy to notice something missing in the cliché: the boatmen don’t sing anymore. Well, with so many tourists around maybe that must be considered a progress towards peace of mind…

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    by mancel Written Oct 26, 2012
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    Favorite thing: Much has been written about Venice. You can find a lot of information on the Internet.
    You should've seen Venice. But I been glad I did not go specifically only for the city .Many cities are also worth a visit. Such as Barcelona, Budapest, Brusssel and Antwerp.
    The venece of Las vegas is a nice copy. (lol)

    Fondest memory: To many people ?

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    Gondola Serenade

    by fishandchips Updated Sep 12, 2006

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    Angie & me in a Gondola

    Favorite thing: No trip to Venice is complete without experiencing a ride in a Gondola. It is very touristy but an essential thing to do. Apart from the romantic aspect it is a great way to see another side of Venice - from the small canals.

    As you are polled around you can see many buildings that are slowly being swallowed by a watery grave. Ancient doorways can be seen way below the waterline proving the rising water line.

    Angie & I had a memorable ride with some Aussies around the waterways. Two of them were Italian Aussies so could translate the Gondalier's rantings as he manouvered his boat around the tight turns.

    Ah Venice........

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    The different views on the water

    by KISSofJUDAS Updated Sep 18, 2005

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    Favorite thing: San Marco square, Napoleonic gardens, Giudecca, Rialto bridge, are the quality that composed a character of this city.

    Fondest memory: For to enter completely inside the heart of Venice, the best thing to do, is to cross the water way "the arteries" that it will bring directly to the center of its soul. There are scenes that you only can see it from the water.

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    Very expensive, but for a special occasion ....

    by sachara Updated Apr 21, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Very expensive, but for a special occasion ... why not ?

    What can be more romantic than having your wedding in Venice. And in that case you take of course also the most romantic mean of transport , what else ....... the gondola !

    Fondest memory: It's was wonderful to see this lovely bridal couple in the gondola at their weddingday, at the last day we were strolling around in Venice.

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    There is always room to bargain...

    by bryINpoland Written Feb 12, 2005

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    We could live with it, barely...

    Favorite thing: There is always room to bargain. A lot of times u will fail, especially when u are bargaining with people that do it 30 times a day, 365 days a year. But you arent going to get better at it if u dont try, and if u dont exceed, atleast u know u tried.

    When it comes to getting the best price on a gondola ride in venice, u have to be able to stand your ground. Most times u will get offered a price at around 70 to 80 euros. Try not to pay that if u dont have to, but honestly, sometimes they wont budge.

    Always question the price, and dont be afraid to drop it 10 euros. try not to drop the price to drastically or u might *** them off. Anything under 65 eruros u should be able to live with. If u cant live with it, then dont pay it...

    Good luck on the bargaining table...

    *Please feel free to rate this tip, or any of my other tips. i am always looking to improve them. thank u...

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    Gondola Making - A Dying Art?

    by JetlagCity Updated Jan 12, 2005

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    Favorite thing: I took a tour of a gondola shop, or squero, where they make those asymmetrical boats Venice is famous for. They used to be the locals' regular transportation, but now are only used by tourists. I was surprised and saddened to learn that fewer and fewer people are going into the business of gondola making.

    The gondolier who spoke with us was married to the daughter of the gondola shop owner. He said you could count the squeros left in Venice on one hand, and that no one new is taking up the profession these days. He explained how gondolas are made by hand using numerous different kinds of wood for different parts, and how you'd have to apprentice for years to really learn how to make them well. I don't know what they'll do when no one's left to make them or repair them anymore... ?

    Fondest memory: One of my most romantic memories is of watching a couple tango-dancing on the steps of the Salute Church, which led right down into the water. I was in a gondola, complete with accordian player and singer, the moon was out, and the church was all lit up at night... fantastic!!!

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    Gondola

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 3, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Gondola is undoubtely the most famous emblem of the city of Venice. These unique boats, which inspired the melodious song known as the barcarola, have acted as discreet witnesses to countless passionate love affairs, such as Alfred de Musset and George Sand, Eleonora Duse and Gabriele D'Annunzio, Lord Byron and his endless procession of concubines, and ........there is more of course.

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    Gondolas

    by clairegeordio Written Jul 26, 2004

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    Favorite thing: I really enjoyed exploring the back canals of Venice and found it just as enjoyable as being in St Mark's Square. It was especially entertaining if you came across a traffic jam of gondolas. It was nice to see them all up close as you can hear the singing or the playing of instruments on board the gondolas.

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    Squero di San Trovaso

    by Tolik Written Jul 18, 2004

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    Squero di San Trovaso

    Favorite thing: In Venetian dialect, squero means workshop. The Squero di San Trovaso is a boat- builder shop, more exactly a gondola repair and construction yard. There are not many left in Venice, and the most famous (and most picturesque) is the Squero di San Trovaso.

    Directions:
    Just off the Zattere in Dorsoduro - turn off Zattere at Ponte Lungo, along Fondamenta Nani.

    Fondest memory: The alpine-style workshop, window sills clad with geraniums is a throw back to the first occupants who came from the mountainous Cadore region north of Venice.

    It is not open to the public, but we passed the squero numerous times and saw gondolas being worked on outside all the time across the Rio di San Trovaso canal.

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    Hystory or Story Telling ??

    by dvideira Updated May 17, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Concerning the "ferro", the decorative iron work on the front of the gondola....

    The Venetians like to inform us, tourists, that its shape comes from the Doge's crown and the six fingers in it represent the six sestieri ( neighborhoods ) of the city, but it seems that there is no written proofs of this.
    Once upon a time... tourists started taking rides in the gondola and asking what the decoration on the front stood for...

    By the way.... this misty picture was not taken by me... My brother took it in 2002

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    Regata Storica - and I missed it!

    by dvideira Updated May 17, 2004

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    Favorite thing: When I first arrived in Venice not only it was raining cats and dogs but I also found out that the day before had been the day of the Regata Storica.... and I missed it! I went there just in time to watch the dismantling of the structures...

    ( This kind of things hapens to those who travel without knowing about VT and its helpful tips .... I had no idea )

    This is one of the most traditional Venetian celebrations. It began in 1315 with the Doge Giovanni Soranzo to celebrate the glory of the Serenissima. The festival was a way to honour foreign dignitaries visiting the city, or celebrate a military victory.

    Today the Regata Storica takes place on the first Sunday of September and has two different components: the Historical Procession and the 'Regata' races.

    So, if you are visiting Venice this year and are interested in the Regata, do not forget....
    Regata Storica:
    Sunday - September 5, 2004

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    Gondola - The "Stradivarius Boat"

    by dvideira Updated May 17, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The gondolas are built under strict rules and using the same material and yet each one of them is a unique masterpiece, a work of art.

    They are built using eight different kinds of wood (fir, oak, cherry, walnut, elm, mahogany, larch and lime) and are composed of 280 pieces. The wood is still mostly worked by hand. The curved shape of the boat is achieved by bending boards of seasoned, dry timber which are wetted and then heated continuously.

    The main characteristic of a gondola is its longitudinal assymmetry. Since 1890 gondolas have been built this way so as that one single gondolier - whith one single oar - is required to row the boat from one of its sides and it will still go straight !

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    Gondolas

    by dvideira Updated May 17, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The gondolas are, undoubtedly, the most typical symbol of the city. Before being used exclusivelly for tourism as today, they were born as private means of transport for rich people but due to their manoeuverability they became being employed for transporting people.
    By tradition, they have their dimensions, colour and appearance strictly regulated.

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    Gondolas

    by RACCOON1 Updated May 14, 2004

    Favorite thing: Venice is an incredable site in October on a sunny Sunday when people are out for their Sunday walk. If you decide to explore the streets of Venice on a cloudy day beware. To do this you need a very good map of the city , not just a tourist type map. You also have to pay attention to the street names and make sure you know where you are. Otherwise you can become lost in 15 minutes, and it may take you a few hours to get out. This happens to a lot of people.

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