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Wonderful experience! Don't forget to bring along a bottle of wine.
This was a very pleasant experience, the Gondolas are lovely crafts, and I was in the one with the serenaders. The accordionist played a variety of pop classic tunes, and then the tenor stood and sang excellently, such songs as A Gondolier, and Volare.
As it was 6.30, darkness fell, and so it was like a night tour also. As we entered the smaller canals from the Grand Canal, the footbridges lent an enchanting echo to the singer's voice, and diners at the cafe's above took photographs. It was very dark in some areas, but the flash from cameras illuminated the musicians spasmodically, and I managed to capture some quite a memorable video shots. Excellent.
A 'tourist activities' go, this is a must do in Venice and was value for money. The evening tour in my opinion would be much better than a daytime one - it does add a certain 'ambience' at dusk, even though you are with quite a few other gondolas.
This was literally the highlight of Venice. The romantic singing, the flirtatious gondolier, and other couples in love in our boat sealed the deal. Venice is beautiful, but this ride made the city magical. I even got to stand on the boat and steer!!! Italians are truly friendly people. I'm in love.
Everything what I hoped it to be. Well organised, excellent route and serenade. Highly recommended
Absolutely amazing. How wouldn't love spending sunset in Venice, on a Gonzalo and being serenaded by some traditional Italian music.
Wonderful experience!! They had an accordion player and a singer on one of the gondolas out of about 6 in the group. Sometimes it was a little difficult for all of the gondolas to stick together but the gondoliers did a great job and the music was very well done. This was especially romantic when we got to the back canals just as it was getting dark. Yes, a little smaltz, but hey, it's Italy, and that's what romance is about! The only problem is that of the 4 passengers in a gondola, 2 get to sit close together as pictured but the other two have to sit at 90 degrees - one on the bench facing backward and the other on a small chair facing sideways. Try to be the first two onto your gondola to get the cozy seat together.
Highlight of our trip get in line early, they are strict about who goes on first,- many gondolas.
Sit on seats to right or form a line to the right. We were there really early. No guide to meet us.
I was travelling with my mother and my 2 sons. We were able to find the launching spot for our ride without difficulty. We sat in a gondola, decked out fancily with gold and velvet, and were joined by an accordionist and an older man travelling by himself. We started off down the Grand Canal and much to our surprise, the older man stood up and began to sing! His voice was wonderful! Once we turned down narrower canals, people stopped on bridges and popped their heads out of windows to look and listen. Everyone we dealt with was nice, even with our language barriers. The trip was a good length and we definitely felt like we got to see a lot of Venice that we wouldn't have otherwise. I felt like it was an excellent value for the price and made Venice one of the most special stops on our trip!
Fantastic! So worth having the serenade makes it extra special : )
This ad photo is very misleading. You end up in a gondola and only one of the three couples get to sit like you see in the picture here. Spend the extra $40 and sit next to your spouse or partner. I go to sit alone at the end of the boat on a wooden seat and my wife was about 6 feet away from me. It was absolutely a terrible experience for us both. Our one time together in Italy in what should have been a highlight of the trip was purely depressing!
About a 35 minute shared gondola ride. five or six gondolas weave through the canals of Venice one gondola has an acordian player who accompanies a singer who serenades you through out the tour.
Easy to find location. We really enjoyed it, a must when travelling to Venice.