Gondola Rides & Canal Tours
Written by Viator, August 2010
Water is a fundamental element of Venice. While in any other city you might take a bus or the subway to get where you’re going, in Venice it’s the boat that reigns supreme.
No doubt the most classical way to travel the waterways is the old fashioned gondola. The Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade tour has live music played to enhance the already special atmosphere. But there is also more serious sightseeing to be done - the famous Grand Canal flows like a large inverted "S" through the heart of the city. This is the main artery of the city and has been since the beginning. Being the central waterway, it is lined with impressive Palazzi built by noble families competing for status. Dating from the 13th Century onwards you can see an amazing variety of architecture from Gothic to Byzantine. To get a proper view of 'this enchanted place' The Venice Grand Canal Boat Tour will give you a detailed commentary and take you into the more important minor canals as well.
Outside of the city are islands such as Murano where the centuries old
tradition of glass blowing is kept alive. And tranquil Torcello, which
had one of the first settlements on it in 421 AD. There’s also Burano
with its multi-coloured houses. If you take the Murano, Burano, and
Torcello Half day Sightseeing Tour you will be able to visit all three
of these islands and be treated to the spectacle of seeing Venice rise
out of the water as you head back in to the city.