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Sunday, July 14, 2024
Sunday, July 14, 2024

Gondola ride in Venice, an experience to carry in your heart

Venice seen from the water, seated on what was once the boat of choice for Venetian nobles and guided by an expert who will reveal stories and secret itineraries, has even more charm.

What could be more romantic than a gondola ride in Venice? Anyone planning a visit to the city will sooner or later find themselves dreaming of plying the waters of the lagoon aboard this iconic craft. As wonderful as it is to explore the city on foot, letting the opportunity to observe it from another perspective, that of the water, means seeing it only halfway. Did you know, for example, that there are secret itineraries only accessible by gondola? You will see the city through the eyes of Giacomo Casanova, as he glided over the lagoon in the evening to visit one of his lovers, or as Peggy Guggenheim saw it on her way home at dawn from some social gathering. Accompanying you on this exploration will of course be the gondolier. In how many films have you seen him, in his red and white striped shirts and black hats? Although gondoliers don’t all look like Hollywood actors in real life, the description fits quite well. But Venetian gondoliers are not a tourist attraction per se, they are actually the guardians of tradition, with a deep knowledge of the history of Venice. During your gondola ride they will tell you anecdotes and delight you with songs and colourful sayings.