Venice: Small Group Shared Gondola Ride on the Grand Canal
- Small group
- Skip the line
- Duration: 45 minutes
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 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.
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the guide was so kind and helpful, replied to extra questions on the islands, we could feel her passion about the islands in particular and venezia in general, even tho we only visited the three main islands of the laguna she still gave us information about other islands! the staff of the boat were so kind too and people on each island are friendly! you shouldn’t skip this activity when you go to venezia!
The guide (Lorenzo) was very knowledgeable and friendly. I really enjoyed learning from him all the interesting things about Venice and he customized the tour to what I was interested in (lucky for me I was the only guest). And he even helped make a reservation at an excellent restaurant. I learned a lot about Venice and had amazing food.
The tour started on time, the audio sets were clean and sanitized. Juliano was engaging, funny and receptive as our guide. Would certainly have understood far less of the Gandola experience had it not been for his commentary.
Excellent gondola ride through Venice. Ask for Ronaldo as the guide, he was the most entertaining and lively guide. He would chat and sing, he really enjoys his job.
A perfect romantic private gondola volta !!! Just like a dream !!! Thank you for your service !!! Till next time....