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Venice Gondola rides

You'll recognize the official Venice gondoliers by their black pants and striped t-shirts. They won’t necessarily always wear the little Venetian hat.

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To experience a gondola in Venice, you have three options:


Cruise line organised gondola ride shore excursions

You'll take a gondola Venice ride as part of your cruise line organized tour if:

  • you like sticking with your fellow Mediterranean cruisers from the ship
  • you’re not comfortable getting around Venice on your own
  • you’re not comfortable negotiating with Venice gondoliers
  • you don't mind somebody else picking the time of the ride for you
  • you don’t mind paying more for the cruise line services of organizing this excursion
Important: when you decide to take a gondola ride as part of your cruise line shore excursion, be ready to share a gondola with other cruise passengers. So, if you're a young honeymoon couple and are hoping for a romantic Venice gondola ride and serenade just for the two of you, you might be disappointed!


Getting a gondola on your own

If you like improvising, you can simply catch a Venetian gondola directly by one of the numerous Venice canals that are easy to reach from the cruise terminal if you use the new Venice people mover.

This, combined with the option of simply walking downtown Venice, will save you and your family a substantial amount of money.


Where to get a gondola in Venice

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In general, gondolas in Venice will be in your face all the time!

If you decided to walk from the cruise ship to downtown Venice you will first see gondolas at Piazzale Roma which is easy to reach by using Venice people mover.

You'll recognize the official Venice gondoliers by their black pants and striped t-shirts. They won’t necessarily always wear the little Venetian hat.

If you’re taking some kind of transportation to central Venice , you'll see your first gondoliers along the waterfront in front of the Doge’s palace.

There's a big Venetian gondola stop behind the Old Offices of St. Mark’s square.

Here’s how to find it:

  • Stand on Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s square) with Basilica di San Marco (St. Mark’s basilica) behind you. The long arcaded building that closes the right hand side of the square in front of you, is the Old Offices. There, you will also find the famous Lavena and Quadri cafés.
  • Walk to the very bottom of St. Mark’s square (with the basilica behind you) and turn right underneath the arcades before you reach the bottom.
  • Go through the little passage underneath the building and you'll find yourself on the canal with dozens of gondolas lined up (right next to the Venice Hard Rock Cafe).

Although this is one of the biggest gondola stops in Venice, you might find it a bit too crazy… it’s always packed with tourists and gondoliers shouting, trying to arrange people into boats… it takes away from the whole romantic experience a bit, I think.

Another Venetian gondola stop is on Campo S. Moise, just 5 minutes from here, here’s how to get there:

  • Walk to the bottom of St. Mark’s square with St. Mark’s basilica behind you
  • Take the passage on the left hand-side of Napoleon’s wing (Museo Correr)
  • Go past the Chanel and Louis Vuitton boutiques, down the Sal. San Moise street until you get to the first little square (Campo S. Moise)
  • The Venice gondola stop is right by the little bridge

If you're looking for info on Venice gondolas in general, Venice gondola fares etc. you will find it in our article on Venetian Gondola.

If you would like to have a private tour guide onboard your gondola or pre-book your gondola ride ahead, check these suggestions of ours...


Booking gondola Venice ride online

If you would like to save some money and can't be bothered negotiating for the gondola price with the gondoliers you can still book a gondola tour online, maybe even pair it up with a nice walking tour. That is, of course, if you don't mind getting to the meeting point in Central Venice yourself.

1. Private Tour: Venice Gondola Ride Including the Grand Canal

  • Highlights: Join your private tour guide and your gondolier aboard a gondola to learn about the history, fun facts and trivia of the Grand Canal and lesser known canals of Venice
  • Departure time:
  • 10am; 3pm
  • Departure point: Central Venice, near St Mark's Square
  • Duration: 60 minutes
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3. Venice Gondola Experience

  • Highlights: Take your friends or family (up to 6 pax) or join a group of other travellers for a peaceful gondola ride through the enchanting canals of Venice.
  • Departure time:
  • Departures at 11:30am, 3pm and 5:15pm
  • Departure point: Central Venice, near Hotel Bauer
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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