Venice, Gondola, Sunset. As romantic as it can get!
When chatting to friends, family, and co-workers about our trip to Italy, the first question they all asked us about Venice was, “Did you take a gondola ride?”. Yes, Justin and I did take a romantic gondola ride in Venice down the canals and it was even better than how we imagined it! It might be considered touristy or typical, but it’s just something you’ve gotta do if you’re visiting Venice with your special someone. We decided to take a gondola tour on the very last evening that we were in Venice. It seemed like the perfect way to wrap up our three days in the city: a peaceful excursion on the water to conclude our days in this magical place.
Our tour was booked with Tinggly, a company specializing in experiences all around the world – over 350 activities in more than 80 countries. One Tinggly voucher opens a world of opportunities where you can book an adventure in an assortment of destinations. It’s perfect for those who love travel, those who happen to be going on a trip in the future, or even for a “staycation” at home. One Tinggly box can provide the gift of an unforgettable experience. When Tinggly asked us to review one of their experiences in Italy, we decided to try their tour, “Discover Gondola Serenade in Venice for Two.” This selection allowed both of us to share a romantic gondola ride together in one of the most dreamy locations in the world.
We met our tour operators along the Grand Canal where we boarded our gondola. There were six passengers and a gondolier in each boat, with the exception of one gondola. That gondola had four passengers, a gondolier, an accordion player and a singer. As a group of four gondolas together, we toured around and were serenaded by the musicians performing famous Italian songs. It felt right out of a movie or something, really. We started to slowly float down the Grand Canal, giving us the chance to admire the intricate details of the buildings. I adored all of the detailed windows, archways, and balconies. The sun was beginning to set, which contributed even more to the romantic atmosphere.
While it was not a private affair, we didn’t mind that there were a few boats in our group or other passengers in our gondola. It was actually convenient as we were able to ask the other passengers in our gondola to take our photo. From the Grand Canal, we continued our journey down one of the narrow canals. It was fascinating to watch the gondoliers in action. They underwent extensive and strict training before becoming a gondolier, and you can really tell that their are masters of their craft. First of all, it must have required a lot of balance to stand on top of the boat. Next, they had to keep the gondola perfectly balanced so we didn’t tip over. They never collided with other gondolas, and often used the walls of the buildings and other boats to maneuver down the waters. I saw them push off the walls with their foot or their oar on a couple of occasions.
We really enjoyed the musical entertainment as we glided along. As we watched many gondolas touring down the canals during our days in Venice, we never saw any other ones with musicians. It definitely added to the overall experience. Many people stopped along the edges of the water to watch our gondolas pass by. They were enjoying the music, too, and even taking photos and video of our experience.
The ride lasted about thirty minutes in length, and while we would have enjoyed more time on board, all good things must come to an end! I would highly recommend this experience with Tinggly. It was nice having a designated time arranged in advance to take our gondola tour. This kept us from having to track down a gondolier who was free at sunset, which was prime time for gondola rides. It was also very unique to have the musicians floating down the canals with us. We had a fantastic time and it was a brilliant conclusion to our wonderful days in Venice. For those who question whether or not you should take a gondola ride, I think you should do it, especially if you’re traveling with your partner! It’s a unique experience that shouldn’t be missed.
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