Gondolas and Gondola Rides
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Where to hire a gondola
You'll find gondolas and gondoliers throughout the main
tourist areas, from Tronchetto and the Piazzale Roma (where motorists park their
cars) to the Rialto Bridge area, the Doge's Palace, and busy pedestrian
crossings along the secondary canals. Chances are, you'll encounter men who
politely ask "Gondola?" as you walk past the flotillas of parked boats.
ABOVE: Two gondolas pass a vaporetto on the Grand
Canal. INSET BELOW: Parked gondolas with oars tucked away, and a gondola
flotilla in a side canal.
what kind of trip you want, then find a gondola stand in the area nearest
your destination. For example, if you'd like to experience the hubbub of the
Grand Canal, hire a gondola near the Doge's Palace or the Rialto Bridge. If,
on the other hand, you'd rather tour the quiet and romantic side canals,
book a gondola away from the vaporetti and water taxis. (The latter may be
the best idea if boats make you nervous or if you're inclined to
you'd rather not haggle with gondoliers, or if you prefer music with your
ride, consider booking a tour through a travel agency.
Viator offers online reservations for the
Gondola Serenade Tour and other
excursions; you can book ahead and lock in the price by prepaying in your
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cost you less than a candy beer? See
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