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Gondola Service
Gondola Service

Gondola Service

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Ranked #6 in Venice things to do
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Ponte Di Porta Brescia, 37019, Peschiera del Garda, Italy
+39 340 098 8768
http://www.gondolaservice.it/
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The "Traghetto Gondole Molo" Gondola Service is not only a complete staple to the Venice exploration experience, but a key element to a rich aspect of Italian culture and history. Riding across the ... Read more
canal consists of a slow stream of beautiful architectural sites while two oarsmen take you to your destination. It's even more relaxing than it sounds, if you can believe it. Not only is riding on a Gondola a culturally significant experience, it is also an extremely practical one. Taking a Traghetto Gondola across the Grand Canal is easily one of the cheapest and most reliable methods of transportation in the city.

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A gondola tour is certainly a romantic and relaxing way to explore Venice. As Venetian born and professional local guide these are my recommendations: talk to the gondolier before you get on his gondola to find out how is his/her English, a good gondolier is supposed to talk to you while rowing! If possible don't go on the gondoila tour when the tide is very low (whan you see the seaweed on the walls) as the canal bottom is the smelling part! the lower the water, the worse is the smell! It is also advisable to hire the gondola when the sun is not so high in the sky, to get better pictures!
Another recommendation: check the price and the length of your gondola tour before you board!!!

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Las Vegas

We took the gondola at sunset, it was cooler and more quiet in July. We enjoyed the architecture of the buildings. I only wish we asked for the serenade gondola ride it would've made the experience even better.

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Foster City

When in Venice, you must ride a gondola like a Venetian. They have water taxi's going all different routes, but a classic gondola ride is hired per ride basis, maximum 4 or 6 people I believe.

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Wainwright

My favourite highlight of Venice, perfect way to see the city and if you're lucky, your gondolier will sing for you!

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Los Altos

This is a must do if it's your first time in Venice. There is many areas you can get on Gondola depends on the view you like. You can also ride alone or with others to save some money.

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Brooklyn

This was a very romantic ride especially nearing sunset plus the driver sang to us!!

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Sidoarjo

The gondola is one of my favorite things in Venice. Truly enjoyed the ride through the canals. My family and I even get to hear the oarsmen sing

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San Francisco

The gondolas were hands down my favorite thing we did in Venice. Sure it's touristy and on the pricey side, but it's a great way to get away from the crowds and to enjoy the more nostalgic side of Venice. I ended up enjoying the gondola ride even more than I thought I would.

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Puerto Vallarta

The main tourist experience of the city. It's iconic! But it is also expensive, 100 Euro for 30 minutes.

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Longmont

The gondolas are one of the most potent symbols of Venetian culture. These small boats offer guided tours of the city for a hefty price. It's worth it to see the expert oarsmen stand up there in designer clothes with an oar in one hand and a cell phone or cigarette in the other. A good tip is to take a Traghetto ride across the Grand Canal for a shorter trip at a much cheaper price.

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Melbourne

We thoroughly enjoyed our Gondola ride through the winding Venetian canals. The Italian gentleman that took us around the canal had a wonderful, booming voice.

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Munich

Yes, it is expensive. Since I've already been to Venice so often and never took a ride with a Gondola, last summer I finally decide to try it. We could decide whether we want to ride the huge canals or we prefer smaller, quieter ones. The gondolier sang some songs for us. It was nice!

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San Francisco

Riding in a gondola is definitely a at least do it once while in Venice experience. Taking pictures of these gondola is definitely a do it every time you get a chance when the lighting is good experience…and it is free to take pictures.

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Bedford

Gondola rides are exclusively for tourists now, and the hefty prices are regulated, so don't expect to shop around and find a better deal. I thought it was more expensive than it was worth, especially since you can walk at night and enjoy the romantic sounds and sights of the oarsmen from a bridge for free. I recommend taking a traghetto across the canal instead. It's around €1 and technically you can say you've taken a gondola.

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New York City

On my most recent trip, I was finally able to take my first ever Gondola ride. I have to say, this is an incredible way to see the city from within the canals. Touristy, obviously, but fun and informative as well.

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Halifax

A Traghetto ride across the Grand Canal is by far the cheapest and quickest way to take a Gondola ride in Venice. Traghetti ply their trade at various points where there isn't a convenient bridge. Cost is less than€1.

The boats are old gondolas that have been stripped of their brocaded chairs and other luxury trimmings. They are rowed by two oarsmen: one who stands behind the passengers like a traditional gondolier, the other closer to the bow.

Most traghetti have been operated by the same families for generations. There are seven routes that are still active:

Fondamente S. Lucia (in front of the railroad station) - Fondamenta San Simeón Piccolo
San Marcuola - Fóndaco dei Turchi (by the Natural History Museum)
Santa Sofia (near Ca' D'Oro) - Pescaria (fish market)
Riva del Carbòn - Fondamente del Vin
Sant' Angelo - San Tomà
San Samuele - Ca' Rezzónico
Campo del Traghetto - Calle Lanza (near the Salute Church)

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Chicago
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Never realized the hefty price that came with the ride until I was in Venice, but it IS Venice after all...the gondola ride, as touristy as it may be, is a must.

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Los Angeles

You've gotta do the gondola if you come to Venice. Eventhough the experience is mediocre due to all the constructions going constantly, you got to do it!

The best thing to do before you go on the gondola, bring a bottle of wine, set a playlist to your phone, and have a good laughs with friends.

You can't beat the history and the ride is something you have to do once in your life. I had a great time and enjoyed my ride. I could've done it without the stench, but overall great!

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Alameda

Our last day in Venice, we came upon this lovely little street called Calle de la Canonica, and we couldn't help but finally give in to the urge to get on the gondola. As you can see in my pictures, this gondola ride is a touristy one and not a practical one as others have mentioned. But this ride goes up and down the little canals of Venice with a finale in the Grand Canal near Piazza San Marco. Overall, I enjoyed the ride and the view of the city from a different angle.

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San Antonio

Well worth the trip. Although it helps to haggle the price. They can smell a tourist a mile away. Shop around many of them offer the same thing and you may get a better price further down the canal!

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Aliases: Traghetto Gondole Molo - Servizio Gondola

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