A gondola is a traditional narrow and long Venetian rowing boat. The boat is steered by one person called a gondolier with the help of one long oar.
Although gondolas were the main means of transport in Venice centuries ago, today it carries tourists from one point of the city to the other. During the seventeenth century, the canals were packed with gondolas. Nowadays, there are less than one hundred.
Gondolas are one of the top attractions in Venice and very popular with tourists. One of its perks is that they can take you to parts of the city that are otherwise inaccessible.
The official tariff of a 30-minute ride on a gondola is € 80 (US$ 78.70). The price goes up to € 100 (US$ 98.40) from 7 pm onwards. If you want the gondolier to sing or to play an instrument during the ride, you will have to pay extra.
Note that most gondoliers will charge you more than the official tariff.
The most romantic thing to do in Venice
Despite it being expensive, is it not a one-time experience to discover the canals of Venice on board a beautiful gondola with the gondolier singing romantic and melancholy songs?
If you want to make the tour cheaper, and you don't mind sharing a gondola with other guests, here are two alternatives