Water activity

Venice: Off the Beaten Path Private Gondola Ride

4.3 / 5

12 reviews

Activity provider: Faberest

Venice: Off the Beaten Path Private Gondola Ride

Activity provider: Faberest

From US$ 78.76 per person

Experience Venice from its most traditional mode of transport and venture off the beaten path on a romantic, private gondola ride. Discover the city from the water, as it was meant to be seen.

About this activity

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Duration 20 minutes
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English, Italian
Private group


  • Glide down the hidden canals of Venice aboard your own private gondola
  • Venture down some of the secret waterways of Venice far from the crowds
  • See beautiful architecture that most tourists miss
  • Experience Venice from its most traditional mode of transport
Full description
Climb aboard a gondola to experience Venice from the water on a private ride down some of the city's hidden canals. Journey back in time as you explore Venice on its most traditional mode of transport. It's estimated that in the 17th and 18th centuries, there were as many as 8 to 10,000 of the unique boats plying the waterways of the lagoon. Today, there are just 400 still in active service (mainly for tourism), but they maintain a strong bond with the history of the city. Depart close to the train station, and then travel down some of the hidden canals. Marvel at beautiful buildings, such as the Palazzo Gaffaro, Palazzo Zenobio, church of Santa Maria dei Carmini and many more. Sit back and relax as your gondolier punts you gently back to Piazzale Roma (next to the train station) at the end of the ride.
  • Roughly 30-minute private gondola ride
  • All taxes, fees, and handling charges
  • Transportation to the meeting point
  • Live guide
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet at the wooden Servizio Gondole stand (Fondamenta Cossetti, 30100 Venice).

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This activity takes place rain or shine. However, please note that in the event of exceptionally high tides or heavy rain, the tour may be canceled by the local supplier and a full refund will be provided
  • The gondola ride lasts for about 30 minutes
  • Each gondola carries a maximum of 4 people (children count as adults). Larger groups will be divided between multiple gondola
  • Animals are not allowed on the gondola
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 12 reviews

Review summary

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  • Transportation
  • Value for money
  • Safety

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Just take the water taxis, ride other gondolas, or walk to see the smaller canals. I don't think this is worth such a high price. Booked a different experience for less money and had a better time. Too short for the cost.

April 12, 2022

Everything worked out, wonderful gondola ride.

November 3, 2021

Walk Far from the crowds and in a popular area. Brilliant!

October 20, 2019

Product ID: 99711