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…
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…
When you’re visiting Venice don’t miss the opportunity to explore the interior of St. Mark’s Basilica to admire its priceless treasures and take an…
Take an unforgettable gondola ride through the canals of Venice while being serenaded with famous and authentic Italian songs.
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…
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…
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…
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…
Enjoy an exclusive, small group gondola ride with music and singing along the Grand Canal. Skip the long lines and enjoy the commentary that will…
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
Great guide and perfect way to orient yourself. See the city from the water! Best view
Food was excellent, wine was delicious and plentiful and the local restaurants were places you would never find on your own! The gondola ride included is merely crossing a canal, but you still get the idea!
Genuinely had a great time learning and eating our way around a portion of Venice. Alice was a fun and engaging host. Learned a lot and got to try excellent food.
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.