A ride that was magical! Gondola in Venice … <3

Gondolas in Venice

Gondolas in Venice

120 euros for a ride! It seemed a bit steep when we went enquiring for a Gondola ride in Venice. In truth there were two rates – 80 euros for a short route of the Grand Canal and 120 for a long one. The longer one is completed in about 40 mins and we wanted to go for it as we didn’t know if we were ever coming back to Venice in our lives. Since, it was still winters and the peak tourist season had not started we got a deal for longer route for 80 euros. Sweet!

One Gondola allows maximum 6 people so the cost gets divided if you are in a group. Alternatively, you can tie up with fellow tourists and spread the expense.

Parked Gondolas, St. Mark's square, Venice

Parked Gondolas, St. Mark’s square, Venice

I didn’t realize how special a Gondola ride can be until I got into one and settled on the comfortable sofa seat. It might not seem so in the pictures but a gondola is quite spacious. It was a great day – cold and sunny. The gondolier hopped in with a flourish and started filling us with trivia while starting to row. As we moved away from the docking bay, he started to hum and whistle some lovely local songs with the water splashes from his oar adding to the harmony.

Bridge of Sighs, Grand Canal, Venice

Bridge of Sighs, Grand Canal, Venice

Once we entered the canal, it became quieter and the voices started to echo. There were all kinds of nooks and crannies, shadows and sunlight patterns to take in. We passed by houses of important people and floated by under the bridges. Once in a while we would turn a corner and see the buildings change. Our gondolier also informed that since it was the low season, the canal has less traffic making for a more enjoyable ride.

One of the many bridges at Grand Canal, Venice. See the patterns the sunrays makes on the bridge underside

One of the many bridges at Grand Canal, Venice. See the patterns the sunrays makes on the bridge underside

We took in all the sights, sounds and smells and it all made up for an extremely relaxing and magical experience. Yes magical and charming … like in the movies 😀

P.S: I don’t often use such terms to describe an experience so this means something

See some of our footage below 🙂

5 responses to “A ride that was magical! Gondola in Venice … <3

  1. Riding Gondola in Venice is one of my bucket list adventures that I have to accomplish soon. Looks so great. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Pingback: Unforgettable Gondola ride – Video | Life is a One Way Street!·

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