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We Take A Touristy Gondola Ride In Venice!
cwo3ward @ 08/ 23/ 2009

Everyone knows about the gondolas in Venice. Las Vegas has them at the Venetian Hotel. I've always thought that a ride on a gondola would be a boring waste of money. But, I had a great time on the ride and really got to see the buildings close-up and the way the people get around.

 

Becoming a gondolier is not easy.  There are a number of people who test for just a few positions as gondoliers.  Each year, only a handful are selected.  You don't just put on the gondolier outfit and start taking people on rides.  There is a committee that decides who will be selected.  A license is required and they are very hard to get.  So a gondolier is a member of a very exclusive club.

 

There are no cars in Venice, so floating around in a long line of tourist gondolas was quiet and peaceful. I enjoyed it immensely. I've posted pictures of our little adventure, but the video is really great. It gives you a really good idea of what the ride is like. You can't experience this anywhere else, so my advice is to pay the money and take a Gondola ride! Be sure to take a lot of pictures and bring the video camera!  This is an experience you won't soon forget.

What were the WOW moments you experienced?
Gliding along through the tall buildings and seeing the old buildings was amazing. The water is pretty tough on the buildings and I understand they have problems with flooding on a pretty regular basis. I highly recommend this ride. You'll remember it forever!
Italy, Venice, Gondola Ride
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