Experience Venice with all your senses during this romantic ride that reveals the most characteristic pleasures of this magical, watery city. Gliding along the canals and admiring the stunning buildings, you will be offered a glass of Prosecco and a sampling of cicchetti, the classic Venetian appetizers that are made up of small portions of bite-size delicacies, similar to tapas.
The tour starts on the Canal Grande, not far from the Franciscan basilica of the Frari. From there your gondola will take you into increasingly smaller canals, where you will stop to pick up your tray of cicchetti and bottle of Prosecco, continuing into quieter areas of the San Polo neighborhood, where you can admire beautiful buildings that can only be viewed from the water. You will reemerge onto the Canal Grande, from where you will see the Palazzo Barbaro and Palazzo Corner Spinelli and catch a glimpse of the Rialto Bridge, before being dropped off at your departure pier.
Please note that this is not a guided tour, but the chance to enjoy a typical Venetian aperitivo as you float silently upon the canals. The route may differ depending on the season, the tides, the amount of boat traffic and the time of day.
Please note that this is NOT a guided tour. The gondolier usually does not speak to clients nor provide any information about Venice. Each gondola can accommodate up to 6 people and the boat ride lasts approximately 30 minutes.
Gondolas cannot operate in the event of inclement weather or high tides. If the gondolier has to cancel the service, the cost will refunded.
Please also note that Select Italy cannot be held responsible for the gondolier's service and selection of the travel route. Furthermore, there is no set rule on how gondoliers should dress: some of them wear a white shirt with a long collar (the traditional gondolier's outfit), while others wear a black-and-white striped t-shirt or casual t-shirts in various colors.
Sites Included: San Toma' gondola pier, Canal Grande, Rio San Polo, Palazzo Barbaro, Palazzo Corner Spinelli (Route may differ depending on season, tides, boat traffic, and the time of day.)
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