This gondola ride came as a welcome break from a few hours of walking around the city, discovering hidden gems in quieter neighbourhoods with my travel partner in crime. I obviously don’t know Venice that much after a couple days spent there, but I certainly know how to travel while avoiding all things touristy and keeping clear of crowds. I really hate large crowds of people and I don’t care much for sightseeing, preferring a slower travel pace, walking around head in the clouds and stopping at every single coffee shop that boasts more than 5 local grandpas sitting outside.
Isn’t a gondola ride terribly touristy? Well… Yes and no. You do have to mingle with the rubber chicken crowd for a bit, time to find your gondolier, then you may be stuck in a gondola traffic jam, but as soon as you agree to go sail away in the smaller canals, the crowds dissipate and then it is just you, the sounds of the water and Venetian life.
The gondola rides prices are now fixed by the city, so don’t waste time haggling, these guys have a hard job taking visitors around all day. The daytime fare is €80 for 40mn and then €20 extra per 20mn increments. My tip is to avoid riding in a gondola on the Grand Canal, nothing good will come out of it!