Gondola, Venice

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    Old Fashioned Boats

    by DEBBBEDB Updated May 18, 2009

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    I took photos of Gondolas, but we didn't ride in any of them, even though my mom told my grandmother that I wanted to do a gondola ride. I don't know why she said that - I don't remember saying it.

    There are gondola stands (like it would be taxi stands in other cities) at most tourist stops, but there are also (photos 3 and 4) some cheaper commercial gondolas where you just cross the canal from one side to the other. The local people stand up as they cross. That might have been fun.

    Gondolas near St. Marks Gondolas from St Mark's Campanile Commercial gondola Commercial gondolas Near train station
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    Ride on the black gondolas

    by abi_maha Written Feb 2, 2009

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    Coming from a retail background, I always thought of Gondolas as floor fixtures in a retail store till I visited Venice! Then I realised Gondolas were actually a traditional Venetian row boats! With a nice bunch of flowers on one side and an oarsmen who obliges you with a nice song on request this makes for the ultimate romantic trip around a canal in Venice! I only got to pose with one though! I keep telling AJ we shall go back to Venice together just to do this one day!

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    The symbol of Venice

    by lina112 Written Sep 9, 2008

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    What can i say about gondolas that it has not been said, well they were for centuries the chief means of transportation within Venice and still have a role in public transport, serving as traghetti over the Grand Canal. Their primary role, however, is to carry tourists on rides at established prices. Being a gondolier is not easy, they have to pass a history and art exam before gettir the license, so ask all you want to know when you´re in a gondola.

    Que se puede decir de las gondolas que no se haya dicho, que durante siglos era el principal medio de transporte de Venecia y todavía juegan un papel importante, ya que sirven como trasbordo desde y hacia los canales principales. Ser gondolero no es cosa facil, por lo visto han de superar una examen de historia y arte para obtener su licencia, así que pregunte lo que quiera que lo tienen que saber.

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    by mallyak Updated Sep 2, 2008

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    There are two important rules to remember about gondola rides in Venice:

    1) If the price bothers you, don't do it.

    2) If the price doesn't bother you, make sure you understood the gondolier correctly.
    The city of Venice sets official rates for gondola rides, which started at €120 for 40 minutes the last time I checked. Additional 20-minute increments are €40. After 7 p.m., the base rate climbs to €100, with €50 for an additional 2 minutes. Up to six people can share a gondola.
    This doesn't mean you'll actually pay 120 euros, or that you'll get a 40-minute ride. Depending on demand, gondoliers may regard the official rates as a polite fiction. Special services, such as singing, can boost the fare even more.
    WE DID NOT TAKE THE GONDOLO RIDE.I thought it looked boring and a definite rip off for the price.Use the canal taxi boats far more interesting and you see much much more for about 6 euros!

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    Go on a gondola ride!

    by Laurel914 Written Jul 31, 2008

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    If you're researching a trip to Italy and spend any time in the forums, you'll likely see someone ask whether they should or should not take a gondola ride. Personally, I really think you should. The cost is 80 euros if you go before 7pm and 100 euros if you go after. However, if you're not seeking a romantic ride for two, you can fit between five and six passengers in a gondola. I was able to find another girl from my room in the hostel as well as two other people from the hostel. Initially, the girl from my room and I went to St. Mark's Square to find another tourist to share a gondola ride. Surprisingly, no one was interested. Most had either gone already or weren't interested. And then there were the ones that thought we were trying to sell them something, which I thought was kind of funny since I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt and probably screamed 'tourist.' Anyway, four people in the gondola seemed the right number since it wasn't too crowded, but it still dropped the cost per person down to 20 euros. Not staying in a hostel? Try posting a note near the front of your hotel listing a time to meet or asking around at breakfast. Another option would be to post the same note at the front desk of a hostel. You'll be more likely to find people looking to save money by sharing a gondola if you look in a hostel. Can't find anyone to split the cost with? You should definitely still go. After all, isn't it one of the images that has come to mind for years every time you think of Venice. You definitely won't regret it!

    Gondola ride in Venice

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    by kmohandas Updated Jul 22, 2008

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    Gondolas are the traditional and classical luxury boats found in Venice. Earlier these were used to transport goods through the canals of Venice. Nowadays these beautiful boats are primarily for a luxury joyride of tourists along the Grand Canal. A ride in the Gondola is very expensive, but you can enjoy the full beauty of Venice as you sail through the Grand Canal. The ideal time to take a Gondola ride is during the evening.

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    Unique experience

    by tim07 Updated Jul 17, 2008

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    While in Venice I just had to take a gondola ride. As I was on my own I knew there was no way I could afford one to myself. The solution was to hang about near the gondola stops & when I saw a group of people getting in one I hopped in too. I quickly explained that an extra person would bring down the price they were paying, luckily they agreed & let me stay.

    The gondola ride gave unique views of Venice as I travelled through the narrow side canals & under the bridges. The best bit was at the end, going down the Grand Canal in a gondola was worth the price.

    If you can I'd definitely recommend a gondola ride, however if your budget doesn't allow it, there are great views of Venice from the waterbusses that travel the Grand Canal.

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    Gondola tour prices

    by gaia606 Written Jul 2, 2008

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    Here you ca find the official fares:
    That are
    40 euro for
    (40 minutes - maximum 6 people per gondola)
    100 euro for
    (from 19.00 to 8.00, 40 minutes, maximum 6 people per gondola)

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    At every turn-a gondola

    by BruceDunning Updated May 26, 2008

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    I have been there-done that. The gondola rides are great fun once to get the feel for the canals from a close up perspective. The main joy is the friendly attitude of the gondoliers. Most are very pleasant and treat the tourists with respect. It is a serious livelihood for them and to make a living is not easy. Costs can range from 50-75 Euro on average. That is very expensive for 45 minutes. it seems like every tourist, and there are 20 million a year, wants to try it at least once.

    They can take you into the narrow passes Ride under the Rialto Gondola in the middle of Grnad canal Start point to get nto the main canals Line of tourists in gondolas
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    Gondola ride on the canales di Venezia

    by hundwalder Updated May 13, 2008

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    Sorry but the photo you are looking at is not of the misses and me enjoying a gondola cruise. I had to be content with watching complete strangers enjoying their romantic rides. It costs about 90 euros ( equivalent to about $145 of US funny money ) to hire one of these beauties for 45 minutes. Definately out of old hund's Oklahoma farm boy budget ! The gondolas range from plain looking to the deluxe artistically painted models with plush bucket seats. The happy couple shown in photo 1, although probably from another country, appeared to have the Italian hand gestures well mastered.

    Do try limited bargaining with the gondoliers. They are flexible to an extent, but remember that need to pay their stiff taxes to the modern day doge. After all you would not want one of these gondoliers to take the dreaded walk over the bridge of sighs. Just kidding folks. They don't still that. However, I bet that some reader will still take that comment seriously, and will complain to the VT staff about old hund misleading the benevolent public.

    Photo 2 shows the main gondola dock on Canale Grande. Basilica and Piazza San Marco are shown in the background. Don't you agree that they look grand from any angle. You can watch new gondolas being built and others being repaired at the adjoining gondola yard. Unfortunately I visited on Sunday when the yard was closed, but still thoroughly enjoyed my visit.

    gondola di amore Main gondola dock and yard
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    cruising into venice and the time to gondola

    by crazyman2 Written May 1, 2008

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    Well, I can answer some of your questions:

    I've sailed into Venice several times on cruise liners.
    If you are lucky then you moor close to St.Mark's Sq. ---a few hundred metres.
    If you're unlucky your ship will drop anchor of moor in the 'pool' behind the main part of Venice. Then you will either be tendered (ferried) to St.Marks area by the ship that you are on or by boats from the port authority.

    As for the time to take a gondola....as early as possible in the morning so that you get the mists and the eerie silences which are broken by the haunting sounds of the Gondaliers whistling their wherabouts as they prepare to turn left or right in the backwaters.

    Oh, one more thing! Do get up early to enjoy your ship going into Venice! Try to avoid the PA on the ship so that you really get a sense of ...of... magic.
    It has been one of my most amazing experiences, entering Venice at dawn.

    Let me know how you get on!

    Kind regards,


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    by ealgisi Written Apr 30, 2008

    A ride on the traditional Venetian sculling boat.
    This is something really romantic and a great idea if you want to see Venice from the dozen of canals inside the city.

    Gondolas are hand made using 8 different types of wood (fir, oak, cherry, walnut, elm, mahogany, larch and lime) and are composed of 280 pieces.
    The oars are made of beech wood. The left side of the gondola is made longer than the right side. This asymettry causes the gondola to turn to the right to counter the turn to the left caused by the gondolier's stroke on the right side.

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    Gondolas on Venice

    by eksvist Updated Apr 26, 2008

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    A gondola is a traditional Venetian sculling boat. Gondolas were for centuries the chief means of transportation within Venice and still have a role in public transport, serving as ferries over major canals.

    The gondola is propelled by the gondolier who stands facing the bow and pushes, rather than pulls, a single gondol.
    A gondolier, under Venetian law, must have been born in Venithr ce to practice this profession.
    In 2005 in Venice was circa 240 gondolas.

    We decide to take a gondola ride too. Beside the Piazza San Marco there was costly price for the ride. The gondoliers was asking 100 eur for ride 45 min.
    On smaller canal there was gondolier, who asking the 80 eur for our ride (6 people)
    We was agree and I don't regret.
    It deserve every euros ... ;)

    gondolas ride on gondola our gondolier gondolas me at the gondolas

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    A unforgettable ride

    by venteeocho Written Apr 25, 2008

    You want to keep your feet dry in style there’s only one option: a gondola. A ride is expensive (about €75 for 50mins) and, well, cheesy, but the gondoliers are generally friendly and, sometimes, operatic Only take a gondola from an official stand.

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  • what else?

    by olivias Written Apr 21, 2008

    what else to do in venice than have a romantic boattrip.
    I did it once and it was so great. we saw a lot of things, the "capitan" was really nice and we enjoyed it so much.
    don't leave venice without being in a gondol!!

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