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…
Indulge in the ultimate romantic experience in Venice, and journey along the waterways on a gondola ride. Sit back and dream your way along the Grand…
Explore the waterways of Venice on a 30-minute gondola ride, and see the sights of the city and lagoon from some the most secluded canals. Discover…
Soak up the romance of Venice on a 30-minute private gondola ride. Journey down the Grand Canal and some of the smaller waterways of the city to see…
Feel yourself in the magic of the Venetian Lagoon on a candlelit dinner cruise through the Venetian Lagoon. Taste the chef's specialities and admire…
Experience the beautiful city of Venice in the most perfect way possible on a private gondola tour and punt along the Grand Canal and some of the…
Enjoy a 1-hour boat tour on the Grand Canal of Venice, where you will see the bustling Venetian waterfront and iconic historical landmarks like the…
Experience an exclusive and romantic 25-30 minute private gondola ride on the canals of Venice. Discover the city from the water, as it was meant to…
Enjoy Venice from a privileged view of a Gondola accompanied by its gentle movement. Take a ride along Canal Grande and minor canals around San Marco…
Top sights in Venice
Referred to as the heart and soul of Venice, the Grand Canal is the longest of the city's 120 canals. Stately homes of former merchants line its 2.5-mile, serpentine banks, reflecting centuries of wealth that have flowed into this majestic port city.
The first settlers to arrive on the marshy islands of the lagoon were refugees fleeing from Huns and Visigoths after the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century AD.
Venice built the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute, with the hope that the Virgin Mary's intervention would rid the city of the Black Plague. "Salute" means "health" in Italian.
The Rialto Bridge is the oldest of the four bridges that span the canal, and it was the only one until the 19th century. First made of wood, the newer stone version was erected in 1591.
The gondola was the original form of transport through the canals from the 12th century, until speed boats made their roaring debut eight centuries later.Venedigs Markenzeichen
Over 170 buildings along the canal reveal the ages of architectural influences on the city. The oldest is the 13th-century palazzo Ca' da Mosto in Venetian-Byzantine style.
The "vaporetti" (water buses) cost €8.50 per ticket from the train station to Piazza San Marco and run every 10 minutes. The trip on Line 2 takes 20 - 30 minutes, and 45 minutes on Line 1. The "taxi acquei" (water taxi) costs €110 from the airport to a hotel, and, depending on the distance, between €40 - €70 within Venice itself.
A typical ride lasts 40 minutes and costs about €80. Add another €40 per 20-minute increment thereafter. The price goes up after 7:00 pm to €100 and costs €50 for every 20 minutes thereafter. In the end, it is always wise to agree on the price with the gondelier before setting off.
This "water ferry" is a cheap alternative to traveling by gondola and costs €4 for a five-minute ride across the Grand Canal. The difference between a traghetto and gondola is that two people are rowing, and passengers generally stand for the short trip.
- When should I visit?Depends on when your chosen gondolier wakes up! From 9AM onward is a good bet.
- Is it expensive?Choose your fancy! You can compare gondola-ride and water taxi prices on our website.
- Will I need a guide?Most definitely, unless you row your own boat. And would you really want to miss an Italian serenade?
- How to get thereBy foot from the train station or Piazza San Marco.
- Additional informationThough the locals stand in a traghetto, find yourself a seat. The bobbing of the boat might bop you into the Canal!
What people are saying about Grand Canal
It was well presented by our guide, who took us to some excellent local food places.
We had a wonderful tour guide, Alice! She was very knowledgeable and very funny and pleasant. We can really recommend this tour.
RUDE GONDOLIERS ARE SMILING OARSMEN, THEY ARE REALLY PICTORESQUE AND STRANGE PEOPLE! Wonderful commentary on board on your mobile, you can't take photos when App is on
This was the best activity that we did in Venice. The food was amazing and gave us the chance to try lots of different fish courses that we haven't had before. It was really cosy and romantic and the views were great. The amount of food and drink along with the relaxing tour of the lagoon make it great value for money too. Would recommend to anyone!
Alice was great to be with and learn from. She is a credit to your organisation and provided for all of our different dietary needs in what was a most enjoyable morning. Her passion for the place and the topic shone through.