Gondola Ride in Venice - It’s long been said that if you go to Venice, Italy, a must do experience is to take a gondola ride on the Grand Canal. Here at TravelingWarrior.com, we completely agree but there are some things to be aware of to ensure you have a great time.
Firstly, if you are arriving through Marco Polo International Airport you cannot catch a gondola ride from the airport as it is too far away. The best option from the airport is to catch a Vaporetto Water Bus to the main island of Venice.
Gondola rides can be bought with cash on the spot or through tours in advance online. Riders will need to pay in Euros. The actual gondola is roughly 11 meters in length and is made of wood. Gondoliers wear a uniform of black pants and striped shirt.
The Grand Canal of Venice is on the main island of the city. Travelers can take their gondola ride in that or one of the side canals. Here are some tips to be aware of:
• Most Gondoliers speak English so you can rest assured there probably won’t be a language barrier. Also, they are officially licensed by the city.
• Don’t negotiate for less money because it will result in less time as the standard ride is 40 minutes.
• Agree to the price and duration before boarding the gondola.
• The larger the group the cheaper the cost. Most gondolas have 6 seats so if you have friends with you or find friends you can save money by splitting the cost.
• If you book your gondola ride with your hotel there will be an additional fee from them.
• Verify fares with the going rates (Check Gondola Rates) to make sure you are not getting taken advantage of or call (tel. +39-041-528-5075).
• Make sure to take your gondola ride near an area you want to explore.
• Rates increase after 7 p.m. local time so you can save money taking the ride earlier in the day.
If you just want to get in a gondola and don’t care if it’s only for a few minutes, TravelingWarrior.com suggests taking a traghetto. A traghetto is a gondola that takes people from one side of the canal to the other. They have these because there are not a lot of bridges that go over the Grand Canal. You can usually catch one of these for a few Euro. There are 8 locations along the Grand Canal to catch these. Here is a video of a traghetto (Watch Traghetto Video).
Overall, we know you will just love your time on the gondola in the Grand Canal of Venice. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to really enjoy Italy! Knowing these tips will ensure you get a great rate for an optimal experience.