Ok, who goes to Venice and doesn’t go on a gondola ride?! Of course I had to partake in the most touristy attraction in the City of Water. Sit back and enjoy the ride with me!
All of us riding on the gondola were snapping away – taking selfies. I am such a millennial and have no problem admitting it. 😀
Nevertheless, I was able to hold off on my self-absorption long enough to enjoy the beautiful views around me.
It’s incredible how an entire city was erected on nothing but marshland and water. Our guide actually explained to us (while I was Standing on History in Piazza de San Marco) about the Venice sinking problem. The city is still standing on the original wooden foundation pillars, but those pillars are sinking approximately 4 cm every century. So, yeah, you should visit Venice before it sinks, but it probably won’t be an issue for those in this generation. Or the next, or a few more generations down the road. However, this is a problem that currently has no solution…
These boats are expeeeeensive! No two are the same. Each is a unique piece of handcrafted art. Then they’re passed down from generation to generation. If I remember correctly, it’s hard (and expensive) to obtain a gondolier license nowadays, so what gondolas you see is all there is.
I didn’t think of this prior to the gondola ride, but it’s a tricky business for the gondolier to not hit his head under all those low bridges! But he maneuvered us like a pro.
Here we are, about to enter the Grand Canal. It is the main street of Venice and one of the major water-traffic corridors in the city.
A lot of the gondoliers were stoic (I’m sure they’re tired of us dumb Americans), but luckily mine humored me. 🙂
In the end, I felt a bit ripped off because my ride was supposed to last half an hour but it ended at around 20 minutes. But, really, it’s for the experience – otherwise I could go row around in a canoe and call it a day. Have you been on a gondola ride? What was your experience like?
Thanks for reading!