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Gondola’s History

Gondola’s History

Though opinions vary regarding the etymology of the word, it is certain that the name appeared for the first time in some 1094gondola history documents.

Several paintings show how the Gondola evolved from an ordinary boat to gradually become how is today.

The current form was achieved in the 17th century. Initially Gondolas were steered by two men, each with an oar, successive variations attempted to make it easier to operate by a single oarsman. 

Noblemen and the upper middle class made it a symbol of their wealth, embellishing it with designs and marquetry, lining it with silk and satin.  Even the tail coats of the gondoliers were refined in gold. 

A wooden cabin, the FELZE, provided shelter for the passengers, protecting them from the cold and maintaining their privacy.

Equipped with side Windows and drapes, mirrors and a warming pan, the band adorned with inlay booth was covered with black cloth.

The ostentatiousness reached such an extreme that the Senate called for fines to be imposed on crafts too richly outfitted, an ordinagondola historynce that proved to be useless. The color black was imposed on gondolas and gondoliers by an act.






Charming Gondola Ride in Venice

40.00 33.00


  • Relaxing gondola ride through scenic waterways
  • Gran Canal, secret hidden canals & spots inaccessible by foot
  • Skip the line service
  • Your own commentaries on your mobile.

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A Charming Gondola Ride in Venice that will take you along the canals of this magical city. Enjoy the Gondola cruise through the Venice most secluded waterways passing under small bridges and along part of the Grand Canal!

During your pleasant Gondola ride you will admire the Mozart House passing by the worldwide famous La Fenice Theatre proceeding along the Rio (Canal) “De le Ostreghe” leading into the most charming part of the Grand Canal, where you will admire the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Once reached the Salute Church and Punta della Dogana you will enjoy a quick unique breathtaking view of the Doges Palace and of St. Marks’ Belltower. During this amazing gondola tour you will have the most beautiful views of Venice.

Do you know? Gondola is the oldest and easy way to cross all the Venice canals… learn more! Take a look at our Blog!

The only gondola tour with commentary: a mobile-guide which will explain the magnificent palaces and attractions around you!
The commentary is an innovative mobile app (included in the price) that you can download easily on your mobile. Don’t miss this unmissable opportunity!

EXCLUSIVE: with this tour you will receive a detailed map of the itinerary with a description of the palaces and monuments you will see!  (more…)

Additional information

Know before to go

You will receive an e-mail with the QR code and the instruction to activate and use the commentary on your mobile: please download before to start the tour – This tour is not fully accessible wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities – FREE children under 2 years old – Comfortable shoes suggested – The tour is not considered private but it is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party – Each gondola can host maximum 6 people; the seat aboard cannot be chosen but will be assigned by the gondolier depending of guest’s weight – Tour does not operate on 25th december, the 1st January's morning (11:00) and in case of exceptionally bad weather, exceptionally high/low tide or local gondolier's strike – The itinerary could change in case of wind or bad weather. Mobile vouchers are accepted. – For general conditions refer to our brochure “Discovering Venice”.
The mobile app is supported by the followed system:
Apple: from IOS 8; IPhone, Ipad and Ipod Touch
Android: from the 4.1 version system

Meeting point

Calle Larga dell' Ascension. At the entrance of Museum Correr – St. Mark's Square.
Our assistant will wai for you with the sign GONDOLA TOUR.


Approximately 30 minute gondola ride
Multilingual assistance for embarking
Map with description of attractions
Mobile app with audio-commentary to download on your mobile

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