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Venice and a gondola ride

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1. Posted by guiny (Respected Member 143 posts) 9y

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I have heard that no visit to Venice is complete without a gondola ride. I believe so. I also heard a gondola ride can be very very expensive but there is a place or way to get a cheap ride. Does anyone have any idea, suggestions or advice?

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

It's cheesy but a must! It's also pretty expensive. We dealt a guy down to 60 Euro for a shorter tour (about half an hour in the side canals). I don't think you an get any fantastic deals - it's a Venice staple.

3. Posted by will13 (Full Member 73 posts) 9y

I believe that the Gondola companies have formed a sort of union so that all the prices are basiaclly the same and noone can under cut a competaros prices...

I think the Gondolas rides are a waste of money and a tourist trap, just walk the city and take the water bus, you will see the city the same. And who really wants to listen to an old man sign corny Opera music anyways? Save your money, and enjoy Venice :)

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Quoting will13

And who really wants to listen to an old man sign corny Opera music anyways? Save your money, and enjoy Venice :)

Our lovely young Gondola driver gave us each a lovely kiss on the cheek. That alone was worth the price. ;) (Ask for Mauro if you can find him!)

Sincerely - it's a little corny but one of those things you just have to do, if you can. Like visitnig the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

5. Posted by dbchase53 (Full Member 88 posts) 9y

There are two ways of crossing the Canal Grande, by one of the three bridges or by traghetto. You will see these small passenger ferries marked on any decent town map. The cost of less than one euro and you get to ride in a gondola on the Canal Grande.

The ride is short (probably just 5 minute) but is plenty of time to get that photo in a gondola. anyhow if you miss the photo just wander around a little, get lost (like everyone does in Venice) and catch another Traghetto back for a second chance.

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6. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

Being a professional gondalier is something of a dying art.

The numbers are dwindling, people are taking other forms of transport, and I read somewhere that there are few new people moving into the job of gondalier. There was a report that there will be no gondaliers, and hence, no gondalas, within a decade.

If you like all things Italian, and fancy yourself as someone who likes to keep traditions alive, then take a gondola ride in Venice.

It might be a bit cheesy and a tad touristy, but get over yourself and just enjoy the ride.

[ Edit: Edited on May 27, 2007, at 3:52 AM by james ]

7. Posted by Loisp (Budding Member 23 posts) 9y

We took a gondola from Piazza Santa Marie Formosa and it was around 50 USD. The ride lasted around 45 minutes and it was very picturesque, went through the back canals. We even saw the home of Casanova. Hope this helps.

8. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 9y

The way I look at it, it all depends on what kind of mood you want to set. Sure, if I was traveling with my girlfriend of perhaps a few other friends I wouldn't mind. But I'm going to Italy next month and doing it solo so although a gondola ride would be nice, doing it by yourself for 60 Euros is not really worth it. This is only if you're a solo traveler. We all have our opinions I guess, maybe I'm just a tad cheap lol