Gondolas and Gondola Rides
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The traghetto: a two-euro gondola crossing
Venice's best transportation value is the
traghetto, a public gondola ferry.
Traghetti are similar to privately rented gondolas, but you'll pay only €2 to cross the Grand Canal at
one of the half-dozen ferry points between the railroad station and the Campo
del Traghetto near St. Mark's Square.
ABOVE: A traghetto crosses the Grand
Canal. INSET BELOW: A fisheye view from inside a gondola ferry.
ride is short, but the experience is memorable--especially if you emulate the
Venetians by standing up during the crossing. For more information and photos,
see our Traghetto article.
External Web links
Official Gondola Site
Learn about the gondola's history, or assemble a bibliography of books
(mostly in Italian) about gondolas and Venice. The site also discusses the
or gondola ferries across the Grand Canal.
Official Gondola Tariffs (Comune di Venezia)
Use the numbers on the City of Venice's gondola page as a starting point for
negotiating with gondoliers. If you're lucky or it's out of season, the
gondolier may be happy to take you for the official rate.
This article from VeniceWord, a media service in Venice, describes the history
of the gondola and current construction rules.
For well-heeled tourists in a hurry:
Hotel Cipriani's 'Gondola Massage'
Are you pressed for time (but not for money) and stressed by a tight
vacation schedule? Get a soothing spa treatment and see the sights in one
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