Two gondoliers who are highly experienced in the gondola business sit on the bench along the Riva degli Schiavoni in Venice, Italy waiting for their next passengers. These two gondoliers dressed in their black pants, black shoes to match, white shirts and stylish hats are always prepared to set sail.
Taking a gondola ride down the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy is not cheap but the scenery is stunning and your gondolier can make all the difference to the pleasantness of your trip. When looking into this expensive taxi ride, be sure that you can understand the facts and choose the right person from the selection of gondoliers.
Gondoliers will have a set price for just a basic ride down the canal but depending on the time limit that you want, the price can differ greatly. If a romantic cruise is what you are after, the singing is extra and each of the gondoliers have their own set of price lists. Haggling is something you should be good at when dealing with the gondoliers, and if that is not the case, you are best to book your trip through a travel agent.
Gondoliers have spent time in learning the techniques of controlling their boat and a great deal of money has been put into each vessel. A Venetian law is that every gondolier must be born in Venice to be able to take part in this type of career. There are variety of excursions that one can take while in Venice which are usually readily available and the gondoliers can be found at many places along the Grand Canal.
If money is not a problem, a gondola trip down the Grand Canal is definitely worth it and will be a very memorable part of your trip to Venice, Italy.
Gondoliers along the Riva degli Schiavoni, Venice, Veneto, Italy, Europe.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/5.6, exposure time of 1/60 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 38mm.
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