One never forgets the thrill of climbing in a gondola for the first time. The feeling of leaving the safe mainland to climb into a small rickety wooden boat creates a mixture of excitement and amazement. When the Gondolier “springs” the ropes and pushes himself from the poles to get away from the shore, he feels a sensation that is as strange as it is beautiful. You feel yourself sliding on the water, caressing it, and your view of the world around suddenly changes.
The Grand Canal is the 3800-meter long canal that divides the city into two parts. To show off the wealth of the Venetian Republic, over time the Doges have built magnificent structures along the way. Just think that to see it all in a gondola, it would take at least two hours. The Dolfin tour starts directly on the Grand Canal shortly after its starting point, and you will see: Church of La Salute, The Peggy Guggenheim Museum, The Accademia Bridge, Palazzo Gritti And much, much more.[readmore] Cradled by the waves, you will feel small in front of these majestic and magnificent buildings. After seeing one of the most beautiful pieces of the Grand Canal, it’s up to the smaller canals. Those less famous but very typical, picturesque, and just as rich in history. The Gondolier veers the boat decisively and introduces himself into one of these. Here you will see with your own eyes, the great dexterity necessary to maneuver a gondola in tight spaces. So tight that by extending your hand, you can touch the walls of the buildings around you. You will be left speechless many times along the way. It will seem impossible for you that the Gondolier can do what you will see him do.
You will admire many historic buildings such as Palazzo Barbarigo, Mocenigo Palazzo Marin Among others. You will pass under three small bridges, and you will experience how beautiful it is to navigate the small Venetian canals. The calm and peaceful silence, alternating with the loud shouting of the gondoliers, who, speaking in dialect, coordinate with each other. There are no traffic lights in Venice, everything works as it used to a long time ago, and it works perfectly!
After completing the tour in the smaller canals, you will end up back on the Grand Canal for one last breathtaking show. The great beauty of the Church of La Salute and the San Marco Basin, on your left. The majestic view of the Grand Canal up to the Accademia Bridge, on your right. The Gondolier makes a spectacular and complex maneuver and takes you back to the starting station.
The trip ends after 30 minutes. The Gondolier helps you get off the gondola, and you can continue to enjoy Venice happy from the beautiful experience. This is an experience that will remain etched in you forever in your heart. When you talk about Venice with friends and relatives, you can proudly say: I’ve been in a gondola!Read more
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