On our third wedding anniversary, my husband and I were in Venice, Italy, and we planned to take a gondola ride through the canals. Before our trip, we booked a gondola ride with a singing gondolier and an accordion player, and it was one of the best things we’ve ever done. In this post I will share what gondola ride we booked, how we did it, and what our experience was like. We ended up having the best time, and I am so glad we did it!
There are many spots all over Venice where you can get on a gondola. The pickup spots are clearly marked along many of the canals, so you can wait at one of those until a gondolier comes by.
If you want a musical gondola ride though, you will have to do a bit more planning than that. The gondoliers that are not working on the designated musical gondolas will not sing for you.
Booking a musical gondola
We booked our gondola ride and serenade through Viator. The cost is $66.59 CAD per person, up to six people per gondola. We booked the tickets about a week ahead of time in July and were able to get the time we wanted. I do recommend booking ahead of time though, because you don’t want to get there and find out they’re all sold out! Also, you have to print out your ticket and bring it with you, which is much easier to do at home.
The gondola serenade experience
Since there are six people per gondola, you will be sharing the boat with other people. You can also go private gondola tours, but as I mentioned before, those gondoliers do not sing or play music. If you are ok with that though, then go for it!
The one thing that worried me about the group gondola experience was not being able to choose where we were going to sit. We were so lucky, and ended up being the first people on our gondola, so we got to sit next to each other nearest the gondolier facing the rest of the gondola. Our seat even had a heart as the backrest. It was too perfect!
The singer and the accordion player were on another gondola, but they stayed right next to us the whole time. The ride was about half an hour, and I never wanted it to end! Riding around on the gondola is so much fun, and it gives you a whole other perspective of Venice. However, I really believe the serenading experience takes it to a whole other level. The magic and romance of it is indescribable!
If anyone tells you gondolas in Venice are too cliché, do not listen to them! It was the most magical experience ever, and it was the perfect way to kick off our Italian holiday.
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