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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Based on 87 Reviews

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5-Excellent
Good job, well done

The tour of Doge's Palace and St. Mark's Basilica was informative, well paced and good value for money. Combining both tours means that you get to see how these two major historic buildings not only tell the history of Venice.


★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5-Excellent
Well worth the organisation

Guide was very knowledgeable. Enjoyed the tour.


★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5-Excellent

Lovely evening, boat looked beautiful, the food and drink was lovely, the tiramisu was the best I've ever had. It was perfect. Would definitely recommend to anyone and I would do it again.


★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5-Excellent
Wonderfully enjoyable time well soeny

Christina was amazing made the trip very enjoyable. She provided history along the whole trip making sure we did not miss anything.


★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5-Excellent
This was amazing

Very romantic and relaxing! we booked the tour in the evening and had dinner in the grand canal. it's wonderful to been there in venice.


★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5-Excellent
Fantastic tour guide

We would definitely recommend this tour (and hopefully you get the same tour guide as us) to all our friends and family visiting Venice.



It’s time to take a gondola tour, Venice is after all the city of streets paved with water. What at first may appear to be a tourist trap is actually a tradition steeped in history and culture. In fact, the earliest documented report of a gondola stretches back almost a thousand years to 1094 when becoming a gondolier was no easy feat. It was a closed trade, with the license passed from father to son. While it’s not the same today, potential gondoliers must still undergo rigorous training that involves over four hundred hours of practice and an exam that tests both navigational ability and knowledge of Venice’s culture and sights. So, a Venice canal tour through the city isn’t just a tourist experience; it’s the genuine artifact.

But what is a gondola, really? Just a fancy word for an Italian boat? That’s not the case. A gondola is its own kind of transportation. A boat designed for the shallow waters of the canal and passways that got narrower and narrower as the lagoon’s population flourished. One of the curious features of gondola boats is asymmetry. They are longer on the front side to make up for the weight of the gondolier standing on the other end.


Indeed, nothing about gondola was left to chance. Even the uniform design has its story. Once, there were no rules on how gondola should look like. However, Venetian rich fell into the abyss of petty competition using gondolas to display their wealth. It went so far that some boats became impossible to navigate or caused traffic problems. Hence, the Doge himself had to issue a decree for uniform design, the one we see today. 


Taking a gondola ride is one of the most interesting and compelling ways to experience the beauty of the city. Venice, with all its bridges and palaces, is absolutely stunning from the water. There are tons of Gondola tour options, from the more conventional rides that allow you to sit back, relax and take in the city as you glide through it, to the more extravagant. But obviously, the best gondola ride in Venice involves a bottle of prosecco and a serenade from the gondolier himself. 


That’s right; you can cozy up to your significant other with a glass of something bubbly. The gondolier croons and you slip silently through the waterways of one of the worlds most romantic cities. And, if you think Venice is romantic during the day, look into going in the evening when under a starry sky the lagoon, bathed in the gentle orange hue of its streetlights, redefines the word. 


So, treat yourself to a gondola tour Venice for an authentic experience that will show you the city from a different perspective. It’s an absolute must.

What is gondola?

 Few things bring Venice so swiftly to mind as the unique shape and appearance of the gondola. A gondola is a long narrow boat created especially for the intricate canals of the floating city. Today, gondolas are absolutely uniform in design:

  • weight 700 kg
  • feature 280 individual components 
  • comprise eight different types of wood: lime, larch, cherry, walnut, elm, oak, fir and mahogany
  • feature beech oar and walnut forcola (rowlock) designed to allow 8 specific maneuvers and carved to suit individual gondoliers
  • Are 10.87 m long (35 feet 6 inches) and 1.42 m wide (4 feet 6 inches) 
  • have one side 24cm (10 inches) longer than the other to balance out the weight of the gondolier

What are the benefits of taking a gondola ride?

 First of all, there is nothing more Venetian than using a gondola to get around town. While today gondolas are too pricey to be used for transport they make a great option for touring the city. Gliding down the canals will allow you to admire all Venetian monuments while avoiding the crowds. Also, you will get to enter clandestine narrow canals for which the water taxis are just too big.

What is the difference between a gondola and a water taxi? 

  • A water taxi is a classic motorboat that can vary in size though most of them can take on around 10 people. If you are on your own, this transport option might be too expensive but in a group.
  • A gondola is a traditional flat water boat without a motor, navigated by a trained gondolier. Today, it’s solely used for sightseeing purposes. 

Is Gondola tour expensive?

The price of a gondola tour ranges from 30 € to 130 € depending on the type of experience you are after. Private gondola tours will definitely cost over one hundred euros while group tours (6-8 people) will be around 30 to 40 euros. You can also to negotiate the price with the gondolier right on the spot. However, be careful, some gondoliers to agree to a cheaper rate but in return make the ride much shorter.


How do I buy a gondola ride?

You can buy a gondola ride when in Venice just coming up to an available gondolier and negotiating a rate. Or, what is a more secure option, book your gondola ride online with a trusted agency.

Should I book it in advance?

 Planning your itinerary always comes in handy, especially when you don’t have much time to waste. Though, usually, you can catch a gondola ride last moment. 

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