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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
No reservation is required to enjoy your Gondola ride open voucher: you can show up at the meeting point just 30 minutes before your preferred…
Sample the traditional food of Venice on a small group 2.5-hour walking tour with a local guide. Visit the Rialto Market and marvel at the produce,…
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
This was a perfect way to see so much of Venice, the guide was excellent and I highly recommend taking this tour verses a gondola.
Such a great way to experience the city. Gave me a good grasp of how to get around and what areas I should explore more of. Learned a lot about Venice’s history and how things have changed. So glad we did the tour and our guide Camilla was terrific. She was so wonderful and knowledgeable. Great sense of humor and sense of culture. Would def recommend to anyone traveling to or through Venice.
Claire was very knowledgeable and did a great job! Food was delicious and enjoyed all the wine pairings. I’d highly recommend this tour.
Make sure you take your voucher to the travel agency to get your tickets. There is a big crowd later in the day when the gondolas are ready to take you. This is an excellent choice if you don't mind sharing with 4 other people. We had a great time. A nice affordable way to see the canals of Venice in a gondola.
This was fantastic and totally worth the money! My husband and I traveled to Rome, Florence and Venice in July 2018. We were on a budget and didn't want to bust the budget, so went with the "shared" gondola option and then splurged to have the serenade option. The experience was unforgettable and easily the best part of our whole trip! The singer and the man with the accordion had great chemistry and were constantly interacting w/ my husband and I. I thought the 20 mins sounded kinda short, but it ended up being the perfect amount of time. Do it at sunset around 7:30 if possible. Highly recommend this to all my family members and friends, it was simply enchanting and something my husband and I will never forget!