The city of Venice sets official rates for gondola rides, which started at €62 for 50 minutes the last time I checked. Additional 25-minute increments are €31. After 8 p.m., the base rate climbs to €77.50. (Up to six people can share a boat without paying a supplement.)
This doesn't mean you'll actually pay 62 euros, or that you'll get a 50-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.
You'll find gondolas and gondoliers throughout the main tourist areas, from Tronchetto and the Piazzale Roma (where motorists park their cars) to the Rialto Bridge area, the Doge's Palace, and busy pedestrian crossings along the secondary canals. Chances are, you'll encounter men who politely ask "Gondola?" as you walk past the flotillas of parked boats.
Traffic jams, steadily becoming a major problem in Venice. With tourism on the rise in Venice, the local waterways are becoming jammed. Seriously ask your gondolier of choice to avoid the more heavily travelled parts, unless getting held up in traffic is your thing.
At one time you could take a leisurely trip down the back alleys with your loved one, and never encounter a soul. Today, the rules have changed.
Take a gander at the photos.
Of course they are expensive, and of course its a dead giveaway that you are a tourist, but if you are with someone you love you must ride in a gondola ...
its the image of Venice that everyone knows, and it is wonderful to slip along the quiet canals, cool in the shade of the buildings which look so high because you are sitting so low ...
Our gondolier couldnt sing, he tried but we asked him to stop - we are lovers of the opera
so he rowed us over to his friend who serenaded us for a few minutes in a lovely tenor voice, then we set off through the narrow canals, after an unscheduled dip in an Australian lake last year I am not a fan of water transport and tried to sit very still, till we came to a low bridge ...
the tide was high, the gleaming ornament on the prow of the gondola would not go under the bridge...we had to lean ...
we leaned and leaned, so much that I was sure we would fall into the canal, I hadnt liked a nice clean lake while wearing a life jacket, I knew I wasnt going to like a Venetian canal
but we glided under the bridge, and sat upright again, safe and dry ...
it was a lovely trip [ride ? float ?] its not something I`d like to do again, but I would always have regretted not doing it ...
Gondoliers are very proud of their craft, we didnt see a shabby gondola, and the boats are passed down from Father to son,
our ride cost 70 euro, if you would like a short ride in a gondola there are gondolas which ferry you across the Grand Canal for very little money, but you wont get singing, or red cushions and flowers, and you wont be alone cuddling that special person who is sharing Venice with you
Everyone wants a ride in a gondola when they go to Venice. However, I like my moneys worth and for 100 euros I would want the boat. They are great to watch though and sometime you get one going past with a old guy playing a squeezbox and another standing in the gondola singing. God knows how much that cost but it is good to see.
Don't miss the Gondolas..
I do know that a lot of people say its a tourist trap.. I didn't see it that way!
Our Gondolier was the perfect guide..
Yes it cost us 80 euro for a 30 minutes ride but it was worth it.. We passed the palazzo of Casanova, Vivaldi, under the bridges...
The Gondola. This narrow, black boat is one of the icon's of Venice.
People come here dreaming of a romantic sunset ride on a gondola, being serenaded whist sipping champagne and amazing over this wondrous city....that is until they find out how much it is!!
A gondola ride in Venice is unfortunately a luxury that many tourists can't afford. Although there are supposedly "official rates" for hiring a gondola, it is really up to the individual gondolier how much they try to charge you - you will need to negotiate before getting in the boat. Any it costs more for that serenade too.
If it is in your budget, then there are plenty of places to hire one from - just take a wander and you will see the gondoliers waiting near bridges for your custom.
And if you get lucky, perhaps your sweetheart will propose to you in a gondola, at sunset.....
Gondolas are very expensive ... but if you are with someone you love I can image it worth the money :)
I saw groups taking groups of gondolas ... they went all together and one of the gondolas did had singers ...
I prefer the option of one man and a gondolero :)
Taking a gondola is surely the most romantic way to sightsee in Venice.
Gondolas are one of Venice’s most famous symbols worldwide. This typical Venetian boat is extremely ancient and is the result of a series of extremely complex craft techniques. A gondola is 11 meters long and weighs 600 kilograms. In spite of its considerable weight it is quite ease to maneuver by just one person using a single oar. We recommend you visit the Squero (boatyard) at San Trovaso where gondolas are still made today by the master craftsmen using the ancient techniques.
The institution for the preservation of the gondola and the protection of the gondolier publishes the fares on its official web site: www.gondolavenezia.it
hehe...and when on a gondola ride you may even get the chance to have a driver sing to you. Although it's not the cheapest ride, you are able to choose between two different rides; a longer one which takes you on a tour of the bigger waterways in Venice and is more expensive, and a shorter tour that is less expensive of course.
The Gondola ride is some peoples ultimate Venice, and that contributes to why they are so expensive! Because people pay it!!
We heard a Gondalier specaking to some Americans, and this was in the daytime, he was going to charge them 80 Euro!!! At night its not unusual to pay 100 !!
They look really romantic, but they are so expensive.
They must all be the same colour and shape, this is to avoid competition.
The Gondola is probably the most famous italian boat in the world, and the simbol of Venice. It is hand made with an hard work. A great experience is to see Venice from it!!!!
I think its about time they started puting traffic lights on the canals of venice hahahaha.
Very fun, but expensive. Be sure to know how much you want to spend, and where the driver is going to take you before you go.
I didn't take neither watertaxi nor gondola. You need to haggle for good gondola price. My friend used to get only EUR 50.
Expensive to do on your own better to do with a group. Absolutely a tourist thing to do but worth it.