"Gondola ride" Gondole Tip by pauleast

Gondole, Venice: 67 reviews and 76 photos

Yes its romantic and yes your woman will insist on it but lets face it these guys are charging top dollar for a relatively short water experience.
If you must do it then get away from the main gondola areas and wander the back streets until you (very quickly) find a gondolier touting for business in the back water ways. Bargain your price and confirm how long and where he will take you. Be polite but firm and also be realistic - don't expect to get an hour long ride for 20 Euros it won't happen!!

Unique Suggestions: Bargain
Get one away from St Marks Sq
Grab a bottle from a local shop and take it with you!
Take your camera

Fun Alternatives: Take the number 1 water bus down the Grand Canal and get the front open area for great views

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Written Dec 10, 2003
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse


Top 10,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 5 2 9 8

Have you been to Venice?

  Share Your Travels