Gondola Ride in Venice. At the time of the Republic of Venice, gondola riding was perfectly normal. The gondolas were adorned by noble families with decorations, paintings, golden ornaments, flowers. They spent a real fortune to demonstrate their power and wealth through their gondola.
The ostentation mania came to an end after a senate bill between the 15th and 16th century defined that all gondolas should be black and white, banned the decorations exaggerated, thus standardizing the means of transport. Making the gondolier is not for everyone: is a profession that is passed from father to son, caste system, which continues over time to maintain the tradition.
The standard gondola ride, lasting about half an hour, costs about 80 euro, while if it is done at sunset (or at night) the price is around 100 euro … the beauty of Venice at sunset pays dearly, as well as the peace of its canals.
The price is not per person but divided between 6 which, at the most, can climb on the gondola at the same time.
It is difficult to describe the routes, since Venice has about 250 canals and that the tour depends a lot on the starting point, but in any case, we try to create a circular tour of the main attractions, like the Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto.
The gondoliers are allocated in 10 points (called Stazio): in front of Danieli Hotel, Piazza San Marco, Punta della Dogana, Orseolo Basin, near Hotel Bauer, S. Maria del Giglio, S. Tomà, In the Rialto, in S. Sofia and near the station.
Of course, they know the channels like the back of the hand, the itineraries are designed to try to give a view of Venice and its channels from another point of view, the water, but on request you can agree the tour you want to do. I present the so-called “standard itinerary” that usually the gondoliers propose. A unique itinerary for each boarding point.
Gondola Ride in Venice – Stazio Danieli ou Molo (Piazza San Marco)
It runs along the river del Palazzo passing under the famous Bridge of Sighs (tourists believe that passing under just married, is a good omen… we know very well what is called “sighs” for nothing romantic reasons!).
The tour continues towards river di Santa Maria Formosa and to the river di San Severo to finish in the San Marco Basin.
Gondola Ride in Venice – Stazio Dogana
If you walk along the Grand Canal, passing the Basilica of Our Lady of Health and then, in front of Ca’ Dario to the Guggenheim Museum.
It proceeds through small channels, passing by the Opera House della Fenice, the Mozart house, the Church of S. Moise and the Palazzo Bauer Hotel.
Gondola Ride in Venice – Sightseeing Tour & Tailor Made Holidays
Gondola Ride in Venice – Stazio Trinità
From Campo San Moisè you will pass by the river dei Barcaroli, where there is the house of Mozart, and then continues along the river dei Scoacamini to the river San Salvador, from where you go then, arrive in the Grand Canal and in the Rialto Bridge.
Continue along the canal and we entered the S. Luca River and continue towards Campo Manin.
Gondola Ride in Venice – Stazio Santa Maria del Giglio
From Santa Maria del Giglio you enter the Grand Canal towards the Academy Bridge, where you can admire Palazzo Barbaro. He changes course and arrives at Ca’ Corner and “red casetta” of D’Annunzio.
Passing through the Teatro La Fenice, through the river di Verona and the river dei Barcaroli. From the San Moisè river, it leaves on the Grand Canal in front of the Basilica of Our Lady.
Gondola Ride in Venice
Gondola Ride in Venice – Stazio de San Tomà
Traveling along the San Polo River, you cross small internal canals, then return to the Grand Canal, where you can see Palazzo Barbaro and Palazzo Corner Spinelli, as well as Palazzo Pisani Moretta.
Gondola Ride in Venice – Stazio da Bacia Orseolo
From the Orseolo Basin you get lost between the small minor channels, river dei Barcaroli, river dell’Ovo and then enter the Grand Canal.
Ponte di Rialto and palaces like Ca’ Farsetti Rialto are part of the tour, to Palazzo Grimani, the largest palace on the Grand Canal.
Last stop, river San Luca, where is the Palazzo Manin, seat of the last Doge of Venice, Ludovico Manin.
Whichever itinerary you choose, which is regular or private, I believe that the experience of a gondola ride in Venice should not be limited to the traghetto from one shore to another on the Grand Canal. The use of the gondola is part of the story and, in any case, it is undeniable that it represents one of the most exciting moments that one can live in Venice.
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In order for you to the chance to make all of our tours private without rushing and be sure not to miss any top tourist attractions, we suggest hiring a private driver to make the most, who will also guide you through the tour. We have van service with drivers (and guides) all year’s day we are ready to welcome you at the airport or the hotel which will take you, a perfect way to explore this wonderful city!
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