Gondola Rides in Venice

Clichés exist for a good reason. A Venetian gondola ride is one of the top things to do in Europe, an experience steeped in history and romance and brimming with photo opportunities. No two gondola rides are the same. Whether it’s your first time visiting Venice or not, there’s always a small canal to discover and an Italian gondolier ready to surprise you — sometimes even with a lovely serenade! Do you have a gondola tour on your Venezia bucket list? This blog will bring you travel tips to plan a Venice gondola ride and get amazing photos. 📸

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TLDR

  1. Top Tips for Booking a Gondolier in Venice
  2. Best Places for Gondola Rides in Venice
  3. Venice Gondola Proposals
  4. Gondola Rides for Couples
  5. Gondola Rides for Solo Travellers
  6. Gondola Rides for Families
  7. Venice Gondola Frequently Asked Questions

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1. Top Tips for Booking a Gondolier in Venice

Gondola rides are the quintessential way to experience Venice. The fares are standard for a gondola that accommodates up to six people. Although they may vary from time to time, you can expect an €80 fee for a 30 to 40-minute ride, with extra charges for additional time. You can opt for a shared gondola ride or a private tour. 🛶

There are gondola stations along canals all over Venice, but you can also get your tickets in advance online on official agency websites, which is handy, especially during busy hours, afternoons and weekends. 

Most gondoliers speak good English and will engage in conversation or narrate the journey. Not all are musicians, so it’s a good idea to ask about their serenading skills in advance. Also, confirm the route, sightseeing spots and prices beforehand, but you can pay after the ride. Be sure to bring cash on the day of your gondola ride, as credit cards are not usually accepted.

🚨Planning a photoshoot? Keep in mind that these are the gondolier fees alone and are not included in the cost of your shoot. Once you buy the tickets for this Venetian tradition, let your photographer know, and they will give you the instructions for a smooth ride together.

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2. Best Places for Gondola Rides in Venice

Figuring out the best gondola route in Venice might feel like an impossible feat, but we can simplify it into two main types: ✌️

  1. The Grand Canal: The majestic Grand Canal of Venice is where the most famous sightseeing spots are located, including the Doge’s Palace and the Rialto Bridge, and some gondola ride options might include passing underneath the Bridge of Sighs, a short distance away. That’s the perfect option to capture the iconic sights of Venice, but it’s also the most crowded spot, with lots of water traffic.
  2. The back canals: If you’re looking for a more peaceful experience, you can choose a guided tour through the back canals of Dorsoduro or elsewhere, where you’ll see some beautiful hidden corners of Venice, away from the crowds, with charming houses and laundry drying on lines strung between windows.

Photo: Marta in Venice for Flytographer. Estee and partner capture memories in Venice with a couples photoshoot on a gondola ride.

3. Venice Gondola Proposals

We know what you’re thinking, what could be a better place to pop the question? From idyllic gardens to sumptuous palaces, Venice has many spots for a romantic wedding proposal, but of course, a romantic gondola ride is the ultimate way to make the “Yes” moment unforgettable. 💍

There are many details you might want to think of to spruce it up:

  • Choose the perfect spot: Do you want to do it gliding down a calmer, narrower waterway, under ancient bridges, or surrounded by the majestic scenery of the Grand Canal? 🤔
  • Soundtrack: You can ask your gondolier to sing a serenade — “O sole mio” is a total classic. 🎵
  • Hire a photographer: What about capturing the moment with a professional photographer? After you book your proposal photoshoot with your Venice Flytographer, they will help you organize the details to capture the moment. Simply include this in your request, book your photographer and our team will take care of the rest. 👍
  • Book a restaurant: After your gondola ride, celebrate your engagement at a nice restaurant overlooking the canals, on an open terrace with candlelight. You can even throw in some romantic Italian sentences… the ambiance calls for it! 🍝

Photo: Flytographer in Venice. Nihal and partner capture memories in Venice with a proposal photoshoot on a gondola ride.

4. Venice Gondola Rides for Couples

Even if you’re not planning to propose, or perhaps you already have, a private gondola ride just for two is quintessentially romantic and perfect for couples seeking privacy. 🥰

While romance can’t necessarily be scheduled, twilight could be a brilliant choice for a more romantic gondola experience, as the lights of Venice shining on the water are gorgeous. ⭐️

While early mornings are quiet, sunset has a lovely play of colours, and you still get to see all the glow coming from the palazzos facing the canals. Nighttime also sees much less water traffic.

Believe us when we say there’s nothing quite like seeing the city in the moonlight. Want a soundtrack? We suggest “Venezia la luna e tu.” 🌚

Photo: Alberto in Venice for Flytographer. Steven and partner capture memories in Venice with a couples photoshoot on a gondola ride.

Photo: Matteo and Pietro in Venice for Flytographer. Austin and partner capture memories in Venice with a couples photoshoot on a gondola ride.

5. Venice Gondola Rides for Solo Travellers

Travelling solo? We say there’s no reason you shouldn’t enjoy gliding through the canals on a Venetian gondola. The experience is just as magical for solo travellers.

In this case, you might want to look into a shared gondola ride, a great way to meet fellow travellers. You’ll find the meeting points close to major tourist spots, and chances are that your hotel also knows a nice ride-sharing option. 😉

If you prefer something less social, you can take this chance to learn about the history of the city. Like a guided walking tour, some gondoliers offer pre-recorded or live commentary along the way. This is like a history lesson from a different perspective!

For gondola photoshoots, you can use the entire gondola as your stage with a private tour — and what a stage! Here’s a style tip: Italy breathes glamour, and a gondola ride is a perfect opportunity to flaunt a stunning and colourful flowy dress — a proper fashion statement in the City of Canals. 👗

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6. Venice Gondola Rides for Families


Bringing the family along? No worries: these gondolas are quite spacious, accommodating up to six people. When you have little ones in tow, here are some extra tips to ensure your Venetian adventure goes smoothly: ✌️

  • Gondola rides can be short, around 30-40 minutes. So, if the kids tend to get impatient and have lots of energy to spare, you might want to choose the ride length accordingly. ⏰
  • As you know, there are no restrooms on gondolas, so it’s a good idea for everyone to use the restroom before boarding. This will make everything more enjoyable, especially if you opt for a longer ride. 🚻
  • It’s also a good idea to have a snack beforehand to stave off hunger and grumpiness midway. A nice gelato before boarding is always a hit. Who needs an excuse for one anyway? 🍦
  • Finally, kids might find the Grand Canal more interesting than the back canals because there’s so much to see: different types of boats, palazzos, and vibrant colours. 🤩

Photo: Marta in Venice for Flytographer. Shilina and family capture memories in Venice with a family photoshoot on a gondola ride.

Photo: Marta in Venice for Flytographer. Alexa and family capture memories in Venice with a family photoshoot on a gondola ride.

7. Venice Gondola Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a gondola ride in Venice?

There are standard prices for gondola rides in Venice, set by the gondoliers’ association. These may vary from €80 to €180 depending on the length of the ride. 💶 These are set prices for one gondola ride, with up to six people onboard.

If you’re considering a photoshoot, note that these fees are not included in the shoot cost. If you want, your Flytographer can recommend the best gondola options after you book your photoshoot!

Is it worth taking a gondola ride in Venice?

Venice gondola tours are famously pricey, but think about it, where else in the world are you able to do this and get the authentic scenario of one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in the world? Some things are worth every penny, and this is one of them. 👌

How long does it take to ride the gondola in Venice?

Typically, gondola rides start at 30-40 minutes. However, if you’re booking a photoshoot, we recommend scheduling at least a 60-minute photo session to also capture some moments before and after the gondola ride. 😉

How many people can fit in a gondola?

Standard gondolas can fit up to six passengers, and this can include your photographer. For photoshoots, we recommend keeping your party to four people or fewer if you are planning to book only one gondola.


Are there any alternatives to a gondola ride?

Yes. The Traghetto is like a “gondola ferry,” carrying passengers across the Grand Canal. It’s a quick crossing and only lasts a few minutes, but it’s still a traditional Venetian experience at a more affordable rate.

If you want to take a boat ride and aren’t particularly picky about it being a gondola, you can take a water taxi, a motorized boat that travels a lot faster. Also, the Vaporetto is like a public bus. It travels along designated routes with stops at various sights. 🚤

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Capturing Memories During a Gondola Ride

Like seeing the Colosseum in Rome and crossing the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, a gondola ride in Venice is a classic experience that never grows old. 🇮🇹

Still, the city is not all about the gondola experience; there’s much more to it, including fantastic walking tours to discover major sights like San Marco Square and St. Mark’s Basilica, hidden gems like La Fenice Theatre, and some wonderful boat rides you can take to Burano and Murano.

For more inspiration, check out these other places to take photos in Venice. While in town, reach out to one of our local Flytographers. Whether on a gondola or not, they will make your visit to the city more magical and memorable! ✨