Skip the hassle of waiting in long lines and book the best Venice Gondola Rides online. Enjoy the best deals, get discounts, and book packages from handpicked and verified tour operators. A trip to Venice isn’t worth much until you’ve sailed its scenic canals on a relaxing gondola ride. Choose from a wide variety that includes tours with audio or live commentary, sightseeing boat tours, Grand Canal tours, romantic sunset rides, and more. The very symbol of the floating city, gondola rides are heavily in demand throughout the year and can sometimes be overpriced. So book well in advance to ensure that you don’t get fleeced and enjoy a wonderful journey through the iconic canals of Venice. You can also explore other Venice attractions like Murano And Burano Tours, Doge's Palace, and more.
Venice is made up of 118 small islands situated in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. Over 150 canals and 400 bridges connect Venice that can be accessed via a gondola ride. A gondola is a Venetian boat that has a flat bottom and has been used as a mode of transport to navigate over shallow waters for over 1000 years.
A gondola ride is one of the best tourist activities in Venice that offers a unique perspective to explore the city from the water. Generally, tourists take a 40-minute gondola ride that starts at 80 Euros. Initially, gondolas used to be colourful but after a 16th-century law, they were required to be painted black. Gondolas are handcrafted and may take months to make. They are usually made up of wood from oak, cherry and walnut. People who steer gondolas are called gondoliers. There are over 400 gondolas in Venice that are either owned individually or by companies. One of the most popular gondola songs is Barcarolle which is from Jacques Offenbach's opera "The Tales of Hoffmann."
April to October are the busiest months in Venice and also the most expensive. These months constitute the summer season and can be busy. July and August are humid months but the weather is quite favourable. The winter season in Venice is from November to March. There will be fewer crowds and ticket prices will be affordable as well. The best time to book a Venice boat ride is in the late afternoon or early evening when the number of people has reduced, and the lighting is ideal for capturing photographs.
The cost of a gondola ride depends on various factors such as the time of the day, duration and the number of passengers. A typical gondola ride starts at 30 Euros for a 30 to 40-minute ride.
The usual duration of a gondola ride in Venice is about 30 to 40 minutes, although you can bargain with the gondolier for a lengthier or briefer ride.
During a gondola ride, you can witness the breathtaking views of the city, its canals, bridges and other key landmarks. It is an idyllic way to explore the city while also listening to the traditional music played by the gondolier.
It is advisable to dress appropriately for a gondola ride in Venice. Comfortable, non-slip footwear is preferred, and clothing that is prone to getting wet should be avoided. Dressing stylishly is also appropriate for the event.
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