One of the symbols of Venice... It's appraised that during the XIV century there were in Venice about 10000 gondolas, with lot of colours. After an order by law (1562), all gondolas became black. They have standard measures and the construction is not easy: they are long 11 metres and width 1.75 mt.
Fondest memory: By the popular tradition, the tooths are 6 like the sestrieres.
Departure from Santa Maria del Giglio (Hotel Gritti) every day, a romantic "promenade" by gondola with music songs which will make you dream along the canals of Venice.At 7:30 P.M, from april to October and at 7:30 and 8:30 P.M. from May to September and at 3:30 P.M. from November to March. The tour lasts 40 minutes approx
30 euro for person
Well, the best time to ride the gondola is really sometime in the evening.... just before the sun sets.
Please imagine with me for a moment.....
You are now seated inside one of these huge gondolas as it glides effortlessly along the Grand Canal. You take a deep breath as you savor this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Then in the far horizon...you suddenly catch a glimpse of the sun sloowly disappearing.... and dusk sets in a moment later. Silence. Tranquility and peace soon enveloped the entire lagoon......
"Sailing round the world in a dirty gondola oh, to be back in the land of Coca-Cola!"
- Bob Dylan
:-) My sentiments exactly, Mr Dylan.
Yes, this is part of the lyrics to a Bob Dylan song....
Fondest memory: There is no better way to appreciate the beauty of Venice than from a gondola. Really. However, you MUST be prepared to pay the price.
If you choose to ride a gondola from a stand during the day, please expect to pay at least EUR 60.00 for up to 6 people. You can bargain the price down with the gondoliers (but not with those at major gondola stands) and this is generally for shorter rides only.
Remember also that night rates are ALWAYS higher. So, do plan everything carefully before you embark on a gondola ride...
Gondola rides are disappointingly expensive - prohibitively expensive.
But I was lucky enough to meet two great Venetian men who took me on a ride in their boat. It was smaller than a gondola but they had to row in the same way, standing up.
They took me through the canals and it was very different than just walking around.
It helped that these two men were some of the nicest Italians I had ever met!
Don't plan on taking a Gondola ride in Venice unless, of course, you're planning on shelling out over 100 Euro for the experience! Save your money and ride the "bus".
I was lucky enough to have my Dad spring for one when my family came to visit. It is a unique experience if it's a nice day and you don't mind the extra expense.
Favorite thing: Venice is not just a city of stone, if you hire a boat (although you need to be very specific about the boat you want in a city surrounded by water!!) you can cruise through areas of nature for hours ( if you could afford it )
Hire a gondola and explore the canals.
Fondest memory: Every year for centuries a special ceremony took place to reaffirm the importance of Venice's maritime commerce. A procession of gilded barges would proceed along the Grand Canal. On board would be the Doge as well as council members and church officials. The Doge would drop a gold ring into the water along the way to symbolize that Venice was forever wedded to the sea.
A RIDE IN GONDOLA
Ok, is a too touristis atraction, but what's Venice without gondolas? You can do it from 1/2 hour to the whole day. You can even bargain with the gondoliero, but the prices are high and there are queues for a ride! It will cost you no less than 80.000 lire/hour (prices of 2000). Tell the driver to go through the quieter little channels, in Grand Canal is not so romantc.
Favorite thing: It's amazing how much the water is a part of everyday life in Venice. The locals are so accustomed to it, that it doesn't seem to be an obstacle, but instead is something to celebrate and take pride in.
Favorite thing: Gondola ride. I didn’t think it was very romantic but we had 5 people in our gondola. Also the fear of falling into the nasty water left little room for day dreaming. Still, it was a very Italian experience. Seeing a city from the water is a must. A couple in our group even got engaged on their gondola ride.
Take the vaporetto from the railway station down the Canal Grande. This was the first thing I ever did when visitting Venice for the first time, and it was amazing. You get to see most of the splendour of the town and why it has impressed so many people. Step off at Piazza San Marco, and you have the best entrance/presentation of Venice:)
Fondest memory: A gondola ride. The ride was interesting, but the funny thing was the gondolier having a 'yelling' conversation with his friends about an important soccergame. It was old and present Venice at the same time:)
The Italians lost by the way... snif.
Favorite thing: Take a gondola ride! They are expensive, but if you split it with 2 or three others, it's not bad. Our ride was about $90 USD, but there were 3 of us so it was $30 each. Our boatman was very knowledgeable about the city, and quite friendly. He offered to take our picture without us even asking!
Favorite thing: Take a ride in a gondola. Talk about romantic... I was there alone. That's one of the times you feel the pain of traveling alone. I'll still take my travels alone most of the time.
Favorite thing: go on a Gondola. This is the type of thing you only do once. You can not come to Venice and not have a trip on a Gondoola.There area number of gondola ranks throughtout the city and plenty of gondoliers waiting for business. Before boarding, make sure you agree a price.