While in Venice, my daughter Jenn wanted to take a gondola ride. I had a few reservations….
Would it be hard to board the boat? Turns out, not at all. We were lucky to get the back of the boat. Once seated, you cannot get up or move to a different seat and the gondolier will tell you where you should sit. It appeared to me a balancing act.
It was expensive for a private gondola ride… Did we pay $200.00 to take this ride….NO! We took a cruise excursion and as part of a tour that was around $100.00 each we were able to take our gondola ride. When researching this trip I did find out that there are many ways to share a gondola ride for around $60.00 per person. So don’t despair! As long as you don’t mind sharing this ride is within reach.
Was it worth it? You bet! Seeing Venice on a slow boat and going through the quiet back canals is way cool! Our gondolier did not sing to us (it costs extra and wasn’t included in our tour) however, later in the tour, while onshore we heard another gondolier singing O Sole Mio. ( I wondered if they are required to audition for the license bureau to sing – every one of them sounded like a pro). Crowds cheered from the banks as the singing gondolier went by.
Kids: Absolutely a family affair – check to see if there is an age limit.