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Ente Gondola
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Reviewed April 5, 2018 via mobile

Took the long tour on a sunny day in glorious early morning sunshine. Did the ride 5 years ago starting at Rialto bridge, this time at the Doges Palace. We took the long tour, did see St Marks Square, Doges Palace, Bridge of Sighs and Rialto bridge. And of course lots of small canals, Marco Polo’s house, Casanova’s house. Brilliant trip, worth the money

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Reviewed March 28, 2018 via mobile

We took a gondola ride from st marks square as the sun was going down, it was €100 for around 35mins, its more expensive at night , €80 during the day.
We saved it for our last night in Venice & wow what a way to end our holiday!!!! Yes its expensive but its well spent, our gondola driver was lovely , told us interesting facts along the way about buildings, gondola life, his family & the history of the gondola & how its changed over the years.
He also remained quiet at other times & let us enjoy the relaxing journey. It was definitely one of the most romantic things to enjoy in venice, we both loved it & would pay the money again without hesitation if we were to go back.
10/10 fantastic!!!

1  Thank Michfen83
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Reviewed March 24, 2018

Along with the most obvious fabulous sights in the city, one of the other ones is watching a gondola majestically gliding along the Grande Canale, one of the most fantastic centuries old modes of transport. First time visitors to the city, this is first on their list of ‘to do’, but be aware the experience is not cheap.

What tourist’s see is just a shiny slim/very flat boat with a funny guy in a black and white striped top with a straw hat, what they do not realise is there is centuries of history behind what they see.

Making a gondola takes time/expertise/expense, the outline is unmistakeable, unique, the shape is perfect for the conditions on the grande canale. There is a family tradition of passing down information from father to son, all Gondoliers are said ‘to be borne with webbed feet to help them walk on water’. They have intimate knowledge of waterways of the city, and taking over from a member of their family they first have to take an exam, then negotiating the most difficult canal in the city. Gondoliers still wear the same traditional dress, a straw hat with a ribbon hanging down the back, black/white striped top/black trousers, and can be very pushy. There is a special shop at the foot of the Rialto Bridge which sells all the gear needed.

With a slim hull/flat underside, it takes 7 coats of black lacquer paint to give it it’s glossy finish, takes 3 months to build at a cost of £10,000 each.

Whilst wandering around Dorsoduro you will find the San Trovaso Boat yard at the side of small canal. One of the very few surviving gondolo working workshops in the city, long ago there were hundreds in the city. You will see new ones being built along with others being given a facelift.

From the window of our suite in The Centurion Palace hotel we can see them/hear them singing as they glide down the Grande Canale in cold/sunshine or rainy conditions.

One of the most wonderful sights in the world you will only see in Venice

1  Thank Raffiella11
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Reviewed March 22, 2018

This is an absolute must do in this romantic sinking city. We hired non shared gondola as a couple and it was so lovely. I think we paid around 90 euros.

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Reviewed March 7, 2018 via mobile

Me and. My wife have been on a gondola before but my daughter wanted to go on one so we went with her. It was 80 euros for half an hour but it was worth it as she loved it. We went from the Rialto bridge and passed Marco Polos house.

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