No visit to beautiful Venice is complete without a gondola ride through through the city’s canals. Once the main mode of traffic with almost 10,000 gondolas in operation, the city now has fewer than 500 used to ferry tourists around the city.
There are different routes you can choose and tour operators that you can book in advance with. You could wing it and decide once you’re there! A ride typically lasts about 40 minutes and the pricing is fixed so expect to pay between 80 and 100 euros and slightly more towards the end of the day. You can also save money by sharing with others. There are gondola “ranks” around San Marco Square and near the Rialto Bridge you will also see gondoliers touting within the city.
Or, you could try something different and head to the Jewish Quarter! Search out an elusive gondolier named Koba who wears his hair in blonde dread-locks and works this area. He will take you through less congested canals of the city. There is no said area where he can be found so you’ll have to explore the quarter to find him. Happy adventuring!