I have always dreamed of going on a gondola ride in the canals of Venice. I made it a point to visit when I was in Eastern Europe because who knows when it’ll be unsafe to visit the sinking city. I wanted to love Venice, I had dreams of getting lost in the narrow passageways and crossing over all the canal bridges. However, I have to admit, I was a little disappointed with my visit to Venice and with the gondola ride. I was unaware of how touristy the entire city is. In fact, very few Venetians even live in the city. It’s really there just for tourists. Most of the streets we walked down had a ton of shops, and not just Italian shops. They were super expensive and fancy and made me wonder if anyone ever even bought anything from them.
Our gondola ride was not quiet and it was super short. The person steering us around the canals was loud and yelling to his friends in the other gondolas. It lasted maybe 20 minutes and didn’t feel worth the expense. Definitely not like those romantic rides you see in movies.
With all that being said, I’m glad I visited the city. The architecture is beautiful and it was pretty neat to see the streets flooding from all the rain. I enjoyed visiting St. Mark’s Basilica and getting some tasty Italian gelato.
Below is the Bridge of Sighs that we saw as we first got off our ferry.
I did enjoy walking over all the bridges and looking down the narrow canals. It must be pretty cool to get to work by boat every day.
I spent some time touring St. Mark’s Basilica. I was unable to get pictures of the inside due to their policy, but I do remember how uneven the marble floor was because of water damage. Even the front foyer was flooded a little when we were there. I’m thankful we went in November because it wasn’t that crowded. Our guide mentioned in the summer time, people may wait for hours to get inside. I don’t think it’s worth that long of a wait.
4 bronze horse statues.
Views of St. Mark’s Square that’s lined by soooo many shops.
You can see St. Mark’s Basilica off in the distance on the left with the Campanile in the foreground. Definitely spend the money to go up in the tower, the views are worth it!
Views from the St. Mark’s Campanile, a must do!
Always trying to keep Venice afloat. But really, look how close the water is to the surface!
When in Venice… here are a few pictures from my gondola ride.
This was probably my favorite moment of the gondola ride. No other boats in sight and I was able to see down at the bridges crossing the waterway. Beautiful! Also, check out the buildings on the bottom by the water. Lots of water damage.
We saw several beautiful buildings from the gondola with very unique architecture.
The famous Rialto Bridge. I actually recognized this bridge because they have a replica in Las Vegas, haha.
Lots of gondolas all lined up!
Didn’t even have to go to Pisa to see a leaning tower!
As you can see from the umbrellas in the shot above, it rained during most of my time in Venice. I was prepared for the rain and didn’t mind walking around in it, but definitely wear boats if you think it’ll rain during your visit. The walkways were very flooded and people in my group got soaked.
Have you been to Venice? I’d really love to hear your honest opinion of it!
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