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  • Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration:  35 minutes (approx.)
Float past the beautiful palaces and bridges of Venice on a 35-minute Venice gondola ride and enjoy a serenade, too. Select an afternoon or evening ride, and then see the sights of the city from the impressive Grand Canal. Aboard a traditional wood-carved gondola boat, look out for top Venice attractions such as Rialto Bridge and listen to Italian songs; it’s a must-do Venice experience!

Highlights

  • 35-minute Venice gondola ride and serenade
  • Glide from the smaller canals near Santa Maria del Giglio Square to the Grand Canal
  • Enjoy a serenade from a musician on board one of the gondola boats in your flotilla
  • Admire Palazzo Barberino, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Rialto Bridge from the water
  • Choose from an afternoon or evening ride

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What You Can Expect

Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade

Enjoy a gondola ride and serenade along the Grand Canal in Venice!

Choose from one of four start times, and then hop aboard your traditional gondola near Santa Maria del Giglio Square in central Venice. Each boat seats six people, but you will travel in a flotilla of eight gondolas in total. Aboard one of the boats in your flotilla is a musician, whose job is to serenade you as you ride around the Grand Canal.

Sit back, listen to the romantic Italian songs and gaze at the landscape of Venice that surrounds you. The Grand Canal (or Canalazzo, as the Venetians may say) is an ancient waterway that meanders through the city, cutting in front of some of the city’s finest buildings.

Admire enchanting palaces such as the lavish Palazzo Barberino and other Renaissance buildings that line the canal banks as well as the Grand Canal’s other traffic; private boats, vaporetti (water buses) and water taxis are all common on this bustling stretch of water. Look out for iconic Venice attractions such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Rialto Bridge, a stunning marble crossing designed by one of the most prominent Italian architects of the 16th century – Anthony da Ponte.

After 35 minutes of gliding back and forth around the Grand Canal, return to the pier near Santa Maria del Giglio Square, where your gondola ride finishes.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Don't know if this will post more than once, as my computer shut off before I could submit (I think)..Anyway, this tour, too good for stars or a description! I think if you don't do this tour, you will be missing the best part of Venice! Forget about the simple gondola ride, you have to do the serenade tour! My family and I laughed so hard, we loved the accordion playing of Peter and singing of Francesco! If anyone has Italian roots, this will remind you of your Nono's basement and waiting on Nonna's cooking around the table with a soft tune in the background! Too awesome for words...A MUST DO!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Our experience Venice Gondola Ride and Serenade was fantastic! Our trip to North Italy was my birthday gift. We were very impressed with gondola and serenade where our guide was signing through all our ride which lasted 40 min. Loved the ride, loved the city!! Would definitely recommend! Worth the money :)

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