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Found everywhere along the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy, especially in St. Mark’s Square.
  • Agree on prices and duration first to avoid any surprises
  • The Venetian Gondolas are a fixture of Venice and most people want to go on one, and by following these helpful tips, you can make it a more affordable experience

    • by Jessie Bahrey
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      When people think of Venice, Italy, they usually imagine the romantic and famous Gondola rides up and down the Grand Canal, with the colourful, sleek boats and equally colourful Gondolier, singing and steering the boat while standing. I had this vision in my mind when I visited Venice, and I was very excited to take a boat ride and get those popular photographs. After touring around St. Mark’s Square all morning, we soon figured out that there are numerous Gondolas available all along the Canal, and that the Gondoliers were easy to spot in their brightly coloured hats, striped shirts and black pants. Some will try to sell their rides, but the

      rides are so popular that most Gondoliers don’t have to work at getting business. The Gondolas themselves vary from plain black to ornately decorated, with bright colours and emblems.

      The Gondola rides are fun and certainly one of the symbols of the city, and for many people, it is a must-do. However, this popular attraction is outrageously expensive unless you are aware of the following facts and tips that I discovered while spending three days in the city:

      The Gondoliers are all specially licensed and the prices are officially set; there is no bargaining for better prices, and the only way to minimize the high price is to find another couple or two ...


      • to split the money, because each boat holds 6 people, plus the Gondolier. We went with two other couples and it was great, and we all got great pictures. Do not let yourself be talked into paying more than these rates, just go to another Gondola stop-there are many.

        The cost is: 80 Euro for a 40 minute ride, 40 Euro for each additional 20 minutes; at night, the price goes up to 100 Euro, plus 50 Euro for each additional 20 minutes. There are no other price or duration options. It is best to decide before getting on the boat if you are going to buy the additional time, as the Gondoliers

        don’t really appreciate snap decisions. Agree on prices and duration first to avoid any surprises. The rides offered by tour companies will be higher, as they will add their own fees.

        The Gondoliers don’t all sing. Some of them will tell you about the sights as you sail along the Canal. Most speak excellent English and some other languages.

        Getting around in Venice is extremely easy by walking or taking the very inexpensive water ferry, the Vaporetto, which we ended up taking everywhere for almost nothing.

        The Venetian Gondolas are a fixture of Venice and most people want to go on one, and by following these helpful tips, you can make it a more affordable experience.




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