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.
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.
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.
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 🙂