Pure Romance: Experience an Unforgettable Gondola Ride in Venice

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The characteristic gondolas that decorate the city's canals are a symbol of Venice. For many visitors, a gondola ride is a “must-do” while in Venice. This unforgettable experience will let you see Venice and all its buildings and attractions through a whole different perspective by showcasing the city and its attractions from the Canal Grande and smaller canals around the Piazza San Marco.

A gondola ride through the canals of Venice is included free of charge in the Venice City Pass, saving you € 31,00.

The history of the canals and gondolas of Venice

Why the gondolas are all black today

Venice, the city of canals and gondolas, is globally renowned for its unique water landscape. But how did it all come about? The history of Venice's canals dates back quite far. The city was built on a group of islands in the Venetian Lagoon, and water was an integral part of urban life from the very beginning. The first canals were dug in the 5th century when people began connecting their islands. Over time, an extensive network of waterways developed, forming the foundation for the city's distinctive charm and functionality.

The gondolas, these elegant black boats with curved arches, are also a striking feature of Venice. Over the centuries, they evolved into important means of transportation through the narrow and winding canals. Originally, gondolas were elaborately decorated, but in the 17th century, a law was passed mandating that all gondolas should be black, aiming to eliminate social distinctions and create visual uniformity within the city. To this day, gondolas remain a romantic and traditional way to explore the city.

The tradition of the gondolieri

The Gondolieri, the gondola rowers, are proud custodians of an ancient tradition. To join this profession, they must undergo rigorous training, encompassing history, culture, and navigation in the canals of Venice. Gondolieri are not only storytellers but also experienced captains who safely guide their passengers through the labyrinth of waterways.

The canals and gondolas of Venice are not just an integral part of the city but also a symbol of its unique beauty and history. A ride on a gondola through the tranquil waterways of Venice is an unforgettable experience that allows you to fully immerse yourself in the romantic ambiance and charm of this exceptional city.


Highlights of the gondola ride

  • Romantic Atmosphere: Venice is often considered one of the most romantic cities in the world, and a gondola ride provides the perfect backdrop for couples.
  • Unique Views: During your journey, you'll have the opportunity to savor unique vistas of historical buildings, palaces, and churches lining the canals. The perspective from the water offers an entirely new and awe-inspiring experience.
  • Historical Landmarks: Venice is steeped in history and culture, and many of the city's most significant landmarks, such as St. Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace, and the Rialto Bridge, are visible from the water.
  • Relaxation and Tranquility: A gondola ride offers a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. It's a moment of calm amidst the lively streets.
  • Tradition and Culture: Gondolas are emblematic of Venetian culture and tradition. Your gondolier will take pride in sharing the history and significance of their profession, and they may even serenade you with some traditional Venetian songs.
  • Photographic Opportunities: Venice's canals provide countless opportunities for breathtaking photos. The reflections of buildings in the water and the city's unique architecture create a visual feast for photographers.


Times of the gondola rides

01/03/2024 to 28/03/2024
11.00, 12.00, 15.00, 16.30

29 march to 31 october 2024
11.00, 12.00, 14.00, 14.30, 15.00, 4.30pm, 5pm

Duration: 20 - 30 minutes

Important information: The gondola ride is guaranteed for a minimum of 4 persons.

Please note: The meeting point is the "Alilaguna & Bucintoro Viaggi Ticket Office at San Marco in Giardini Reali" (Opening hours: daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM).


Booking your gondola ride

Meeting Point:Alilaguna & Bucintoro Viaggi Ticket Office at San Marco in Giardini Reali

Opening hours: Daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Please arrive 15 minutes in advance at the meeting point to reserve your tour.For further information, you can contact them at incoming@bucintoroviaggi.com.


Terms of use

  • Please note that this is not a private gondola ride. It is possible that other individuals may share the gondola with you. The Venice City Pass does not guarantee exclusive use of the gondola.
  • A maximum of 5 persons is allowed in one gondola.
  • Please be aware that gondola rides are not suitable for wheelchair users.



Getting to the meeting point

Take lines 1 and 2 of the vaporetto to the Rialto stop.



Alilaguna & Bucintoro Viaggi ticket office San Marco at Giardini Reali

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