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Take a Gondola Ride in Venice

Venezia, Italy

based on 7 reviews


Added by Kate Blaze

The city of Venice is one of the most beautiful sights in the world, and the best way to experience it is by taking a gondola ride. 

Tour the Canal Grande as well as picturesque side streets. 

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Take a Gondola Ride in Venice Reviews

Go in the off seasons, which are now few. Seems there are crowds of tourists everywhere. Take the water bus which is cheaper and you can still get great views of the city.

Yes, seeing Venice from a gondola is one of the "must do" attractions. But it also comes with a crazy price tag. And actually, my favourite way to see Venice is just to get lost wandering around all of the little streets. But if you simply must ride in a goldola but you're on a budget, then take a traghetto. These are the gondola passenger boats that ferry people across the canals. You'll know the difference as the drivers wear red and white stripes (instead of the classic black and white). And they only cost a couple of Euros. Sure, the ride is just across from one side of the canal to the other, but you can still say you've been in a traditional Venice gondola.

I feel like a gondola ride is a must do when visiting the city of Venice. We found one away from the main area that offered us a reduced price for a ride through the canals. It was a fun way to see the city.

If you are on a trip to Venice and want to do all the touristy things you can do and tick all your instagram boxes, go do it. But I feel I would it in my retirement... It is far better to explore the alleys and little places all around Venice, enjoy a cafe or view the live museum of art that is Venice on foot, at your own pace and without the kitch of the gondola ride.

It may be a little on the touristy side, but I really enjoyed getting to see Venice from the water and getting to sail through the back canals of the city was something that was super memorable from my trip! It was also interesting to talk to our gondolier and get the perspective on Venice from a local!

The gelato is the way to go. Gondolas were alright, bit boring if you're an adventurer. Our tour guide told us the best piece of advice concerning Venice that I've ever heard- "DO NOT do all the touristy things and just stay in the main squares. Its an island, go get lost exploring and you'll eventually make your way back!" Going down the back alleys and exploring all over was a far better use of time! Plus it gave us time to work off the first gelato and return for a second :)

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