Another Venice Tip
Last week we featured a Venice tip from one of our regular contributors, Jennifer Dombrowski (@jdomb), who lives near Venice and knows the city like a local. Her tip last week was so popular that w’eve decided to run another, since it seems many readers are planning a trip to Venice (feel free to forward it). Here it is:
Tourist Trap: Gondola ride
The movies would have you believe that a gondola ride along Venice’s canals is incredibly romantic. You envision yourself gliding along a deserted canal as a gondolier in black-and-white stripes sings in Italian and you steal a kiss with your lover. The reality is that a gondola ride will run you around €80 for a 20-minute ride as your gondolier shouts back and forth with his gondolier friends in Italian, leaving you feeling like you’re on a packed ride at Disney World. And the singing? That will cost extra.
Venice has only one rowing school for tourists, and Row Venice delivers an experience you’ll truly remember for a lifetime. Not only did I row my very own gondola along Venice’s beautiful canals, but I also got a history lesson and learned a lot of fun facts about being a gondolier! A two-hour lesson will cost €60 for singles, €40 per person for doubles, or €100 for a family (two adults and two children).
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