Friday, May 31, 2013

Waiting for Tourists

Gondola with lavish seats and gondolier's hat, Grand Canal, Venice
Gondola with lavish seats and a gondolier's hat
Canal Grande (Grand Canal)
Venice, October 2012

“As much a symbol of Venice as the winged lion, the gondola is one of Europe's great traditions, incredibly and inexplicably expensive but truly as romantic as it looks (detractors who write it off as too touristy have most likely never tried it). Though it's often quoted in print at differing official rates, expect to pay 80€ for a 40-minute tour (100€ 7pm-8am), with up to six passengers, and 40€ for every additional 20 minutes (50€ at night). That's not a typo: 150€ an hour for an evening cruise.
(Cruising the Canals, Frommer's Venice)


Revrunner said...

I can remember traveling the canals by gondola. It was a very wonderful way to see Venice. Of course, I didn't have to pay for the experience, so maybe that's why I enjoyed it so much. 80€! Wow!

cieldequimper said...

80€ is ok if you feel like a dogaressa which is what I would feel like here.

Kovács Miklós said...

I have never been to Venice yet but sure that's a fantastic city. This gondola is very nice and spectacular.
Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend. Greetings, Miklos