This is a great experience that you should definitely consider if you are in the Providence area. You will get a unique view of Providence. The ride itself is very pleasant and relaxing. Our gondolier was exceptionally professional. He added interesting facts and even a song to the conversation, and as a true professional, knew when to hold back when the conversation became more personal.
The boat itself is beautiful, truly in a league with those found in Venice. The sweet biscuits they provide are a nice touch.
Be sure to bring a beverage and if you like a little snack. Having a glass of proseco or even a beer can add a real festive touch to your ride.
The gondoliers are professionals and will never press you into giving a tip. If you are able to give a healthy tip, however, you really should try to do so. Gondolier service is actually hard physical labor. These gentlemen make it look easy and really try hard to ensure that you enjoy your gondola ride.
In Venice, gondolas do have a greater area to explore than in Providence, and in Venice there is a real range of prices. We found the Providence trip a great deal compared to Venice pricing. Even with adding a 25% tip we found the experience a great value.
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