Best time to visit Venice

Gondola Rides in Venice

An incredibly romantic way to discover the beauty of Venice

Best time: September–May

Gondola Rides
Gondola Rides
Gondola Rides

Venice is a unique city with many attractions, charming architecture and a great history. There is no doubt that the gems of Venice are the prominent Venetian gondolas. Venetians started using gondolas for transportation in the Middle Ages, and by the 1600s there were 10,000 gondolas in use around Venice. Nowadays, a gondola cruise around Venice is a top-rated touristic attraction!

The gondola ride lasts 40 mins and can be considered an expensive form of entertainment. However, this is a great way to relax, enjoy beautiful views and fall in love with the city. With some luck, Gondoliers will tell you historical facts about the city filled with exciting stories—they might even sing serenades for you. One of the most famous gondola stations is the Grand Canal, but it's guaranteed to be extremely busy. There are other places to catch a ride, however, such as Campo San Barnaba square, the Bridge of Sighs, behind St Mark's Basilica, Campo Santa Maria Formosa, etc.

This activity is available all year round. But extremely hot and crowded summer is not the best time. For the most romantic experience, go in the off season from November through to March,—you'll find no crowds or traffic and the water level is higher due to rains. The months of March and April, September and October are often suggested as the very best in terms of weather.

Practical info

What makes a gondola ride a unique experience in Venice?

The gondola is an authentic Venetian boat with a long-standing history and unique features that make the experience special. Gondoliers are experts in navigating the Venetian canals and give tourists a personalized and romantic tour of the city. The ride offers peaceful serenades or exciting tours through the city's bustling waterways. It is an experience unique to Venice that you won't find anywhere else. Show more

What is the best season to ride a gondola in Venice, and why?

The best time to experience a gondola ride in Venice is from March to April and September to October, thanks to the great weather, fewer tourists and lower water levels. November through March offer a chance to experience the city's higher water levels due to rain but is considerably colder. The summer months can be hot and packed with crowds that might hamper the romantic gondola experience. Show more

What are some other places to catch a gondola ride in Venice apart from the Grand Canal?

Apart from the Grand Canal, you can catch a gondola ride at Campo San Barnaba square, Bridge of Sighs, behind St Mark's Basilica, and Campo Santa Maria Formosa. These locations offer unique views, fewer crowds and a chance to get the authentic Venice experience. Remember, despite the location, the price of a gondola ride is usually fixed, making it essential to agree on the price and details with the gondolier beforehand. Show more

Can the gondolier speak English, and is there an option for guided tours?

Gondoliers can speak English and provide detailed information or narration on the city and its vibrant history. The navigational skills of gondoliers are exceptional, and they know some of the city's scenic, romantic corners. It's always recommended to ask the gondolier any questions or request entertainment before starting the ride. Gondoliers are known for their friendliness and eagerness to personalize the tour experience. Show more

How do gondoliers ensure passengers' safety while on a gondola ride in Venice?

Gondoliers are highly trained professionals, and safety is their top priority when navigating Venice's canals. Life jackets and first aid kits are typically provided in case of an emergency. Gondoliers adhere to strict safety protocols to ensure the safety of their passengers and others using the canal. Passengers, particularly those who can't swim, are advised to follow the gondolier's instructions and wear life jackets for an enhanced safety experience. Show more

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin