Venice: Traditional Shared Gondola Experience

Venice: Traditional Shared Gondola Experience

From $40.14 per person

The gondola is a symbol of Venice, as emblematic of the famous city of canals as it is mysterious in its origins. Experience a half-hour gondola ride that takes you to the heart of Venice as you admire its historic sites as they were meant to be seen.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 30 minutes
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Experience

Highlights
  • Experience Venice from the water on a Venetian gondola ride
  • Glide along some small canals in the area of Campo San Moisè
  • Pass by La Fenice Theater, admire palaces and iconic bridges
  • Enjoy time on the Grand Canal facing the Salute Church
Full description
Take your place on the gondola (maximum of 6 people per shared gondola) and let the local gondolier, in his distinctive blue and white striped shirt, carry you along the hidden channels of Venice on a 30-minute ride. Considered one of the most beautiful and elegant boats on earth, the traditional Venetian gondola is built following unique techniques that incorporate symbolic meanings. For example, the gondola’s multi-pronged ferro, or prow, features pettini that are symbolic of the 6 sestieri (divisions) of Venice. This part is made of iron to balance the weight of the gondolier, and has the shape of an S, evoking the flow of the waters of the Grand Canal. On this enchanting and relaxing way to enjoy the sights, charm, and beauty of Venice, you’ll admire elegant canal-side palaces, unique bridges, and the magic atmosphere that you’ll only find here.
Includes
  • Approximately 30-minute ride on a traditional Venetian gondola
  • Boarding assistance
  • Commentary
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Musicians
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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Participants

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Meeting point

Calle Larga Ascensione, in front of the Post Office behind Saint Mark’s Square

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This is a shared gondola (up to 6 passengers per gondola)
  • Infants up to 1 year of age can ride for free only if seated on a parent's lap
  • No refund is available for no-shows or late arrivals. The tour also operates in the rain, although in the case of exceptionally high tides or heavy rains the tour might be cancelled by the organizer, with a full refund provided
  • Please note that it is possible that someone would be not seated in the desired place next to their partner, due to organizational and weight distribution
  • Please note that the ride could last less than 30 minutes depending on how busy the canals are. The length of the gondola ride is up to the discretion of the Gondolier.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 1587 reviews

Review summary

  • Transportation
    3.6/5
  • Value for money
    3.6/5
  • Safety
    4.3/5
  • Service
    3.9/5
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Giro suggestivo tra i canali più nascosti di Venezia, circondati da palazzi stupendi, in una città unica al mondo. Il giro comincia a pochi passi da San Marco e dura circa mezz'ora, prima tra i canali più stretti per poi sfociare nel grandioso Canal Grande con il ponte di Rialto a pochi metri. Il nostro gondoliere Mario è stato simpatico, professionale e gentilissimo. Un'esperienza che si ricorda tutta la vita

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September 28, 2020

Better than 2 days in the spa ... the relaxation that this ride gave me made me feel good. The calm of the canals of Venice, very little traffic even in the grand canal, the sound of the water against the gondola, and of course the hospitality and friendliness of the gondoliers.

August 24, 2020

You get what you pay for, it was a really enjoyable experience but the gondolier didn't talk throughout the whole ride so if you want more. If a guide it might be best booking a different type of gondola ride but for me this was ideal as I was a solo traveller and its great value for money!

August 6, 2020

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