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Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride Including the Grand Canal
"Step aboard your boat at a gondola stop near St Mark’s Square and then sit back and relax as your gondolier expertly navigates your gondola around the waterways. The traditional flat-bottomed boats have been used for centuries in the city and as you explore the canals your onboard guide will keep you entertained with trivia and history about them. Cruise along Rio della Madonnetta a picturesque channel that borders the San Polo and Santa Croce neighborhoods and enter the Grand Canal. Snaking some 1.9 miles (3km) through the city the famous canal is lined by grandiose churches and glamorous palazzi that look out on the countless gondolas
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Private Tour: Peggy Guggenheim Collection Guided Visit
"Created by the American heiress Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979) the museum acquired the majority of her works between the years 1938 and 1947 in Europe and in New York with the advice of friends artists and art critics.The American patroness exhibited her collection for the first time in Europe at the 1948 Venice Biennale. A year later she purchased Palazzo Venier dei Leoni an unfinished palazzo of the 18th century
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Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade
"Choose from one of four start times when you book and on the day make your own way to the gondola pier near Santa Maria del Giglio Square in central Venice.When you’re ready be shown onto your shared gondola by a traditionally dressed gondolier. Each gondola seats six people and your craft will be just one of a group of around eight gondolas that will cruise the canals together as a flotilla. A singer will board one of the gondolas in the flotilla and will serenade your group of shared gondolas as you waft along the waters. the stunning marble bridge designed by one of the finest Italian architects of the 16th century – Anthony da Ponte.

 After around 35 minutes of gliding along and around the Grand Canal return to the start pier where your gondola ride finishes."
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Ai Gondolieri: Venetian Specialties in Dorsoduro

Ai Gondolieri is one of Venice's most renowned restaurants. It has been around since the '40s, but it was only in 1987 that it became the restaurant it is now with fine cuisine. The menu contains typical Venetian specialties and is best known for its delicious risotto. Ai Gondolieri is located very close to the Guggenheim Museum in Dorsoduro, so consider eating here on the day you decide to visit the museum.

Note: the restaurant is closed on Tuesdays.

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Apr 27, 2009

Ai Gondolieri: A Splurge (when you're tired of pesce)

Good food in Venice is not always easy to find, and good meat dishes are even rarer still.

Ai Gondolieri is an expensive splurge, but sooner or later I get tired of fish, pasta and cicchetti in the bars.
Great location on a little canal in Dorsoduro.

They cater / serve delicious and affordable lunch at the Guggenheim if you want save some money. That's how I found out about it.

Again, very expensive to eat dinner in the restaurant, but the way the dollar is crashing, chances are you're not even going to Venice these days unless:
you're flush;
Venice is your passion and you're going no matter what it costs.

Supposedly Ai Gondolieri is closed on Tuesdays

Favorite Dish Meat, meat, meat.
Lasagne, pork, lamb and veal dishes.

Argentine angus steaks are great also.

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Apr 22, 2008

Ai Gondolieri: Better than Harrys or Cips !!

Located on a small side street /canal between Academia and Saint Maria Del Salute in Dorsoduro, near the Peggy Guggenheim [ Frommers Venice Day by Day shows the wrong location for this restaurant]. This is a lovely quietly sophisticated area.
The restaurant unusually for Venice does not serve fish but specialises in meat and fungi with a number of vegetarian options. Good wine list sensibly priced.
Meal comes complete with free glass of prosecco, taster starter and choclates at the end. My main course veal was meltingly tender with the lightest, fluffiest, creamiest potatoe I've ever tasted.
Menu in italian only which can be read to you in any language !

Sep 16, 2006

Ai Gondolieri: The Best Risotto Ever!

Dinner here was an excellent experience all around. I'd heard that risotto is a Venetian specialty, so I tried the risotto funghi and it was far better than any other risotto I've ever had! Something about the texture of the rice...

In addition, they brought two little appetizer items we didn't order - it looked like they just include them with every meal, like the bread. One was a jar of yummy marinated red peppers, carrots, & other veggies. The other item came in shot glasses and completely confounded us at first as to what it was or how to eat it. Our best guess at this point is that it's an amazingly good potato soup, served cold, green in color, one shot glass per person. Plus there's one shot glass of croutons for anyone who wants to add them to their soup. (Aha! A year later and I think I've finally figured out that this was vichyssoise! It was superb!)

Finally, the service was very friendly. The menu is in Italian only, and while I could figure out a few items, they were very happy to help translate into English.

Closed Tuesdays
Reservations Recommended

Favorite Dish the risotto funghi!

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Mar 11, 2005
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Getting to Ai Gondolieri


Ponte del Formager, Dorsoduro 366


  • Sunday 12:00 to 15:00
    19:00 to 23:15
  • Monday 12:00 to 15:00
    19:00 to 23:15
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 12:00 to 15:00
    19:00 to 23:15
  • Thursday 12:00 to 15:00
    19:00 to 23:15
  • Friday 12:00 to 15:00
    19:00 to 23:15
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    19:00 to 23:15