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Strolling in Venice 1.5-Hour Afternoon Walking Tour

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Duration: 1.15 hours – 1.5 hours
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Discover the secret sights of Venice on a 1.5-hour walking tour, and get a more intimate experience of life in the city. Wander the streets off the…

Duration: 1.15 hours – 1.5 hours
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5 historical facts about the Grand Canal

Referred to as the heart and soul of Venice, the Grand Canal is the longest of the city's 120 canals. Stately homes of former merchants line its 2.5-mile, serpentine banks, reflecting centuries of wealth that have flowed into this majestic port city.

Home sweet home

The first settlers to arrive on the marshy islands of the lagoon were refugees fleeing from Huns and Visigoths after the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century AD.

Here's to your health

Venice built the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute, with the hope that the Virgin Mary's intervention would rid the city of the Black Plague. "Salute" means "health" in Italian.

Bridging the gap

The Rialto Bridge is the oldest of the four bridges that span the canal, and it was the only one until the 19th century. First made of wood, the newer stone version was erected in 1591.

It's what makes Venice Venice

The gondola was the original form of transport through the canals from the 12th century, until speed boats made their roaring debut eight centuries later.Venedigs Markenzeichen

Aging gracefully

Over 170 buildings along the canal reveal the ages of architectural influences on the city. The oldest is the 13th-century palazzo Ca' da Mosto in Venetian-Byzantine style.

Grand Canal: Our Tips

Getting around by bus and taxi

The "vaporetti" (water buses) cost €8.50 per ticket from the train station to Piazza San Marco and run every 10 minutes. The trip on Line 2 takes 20 - 30 minutes, and 45 minutes on Line 1. The "taxi acquei" (water taxi) costs €110 from the airport to a hotel, and, depending on the distance, between €40 - €70 within Venice itself.

Getting around by gondola

A typical ride lasts 40 minutes and costs about €80. Add another €40 per 20-minute increment thereafter. The price goes up after 7:00 pm to €100 and costs €50 for every 20 minutes thereafter. In the end, it is always wise to agree on the price with the gondelier before setting off.

Getting around by traghetto

This "water ferry" is a cheap alternative to traveling by gondola and costs €4 for a five-minute ride across the Grand Canal. The difference between a traghetto and gondola is that two people are rowing, and passengers generally stand for the short trip.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Depends on when your chosen gondolier wakes up! From 9AM onward is a good bet.
  • What is the price?
    Choose your fancy! You can compare gondola-ride and water taxi prices on our website.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Most definitely, unless you row your own boat. And would you really want to miss an Italian serenade?
  • How to get there
    By foot from the train station or Piazza San Marco.
  • Additional tips
    Though the locals stand in a traghetto, find yourself a seat. The bobbing of the boat might bop you into the Canal!

What People Are Saying About Grand Canal

Venice is even more beautiful from a gondola!

My wife and I booked this gondola ride in advance on Getyouguide. Honestly I was very glad we did, since the gondola stands were quite crowded when we went there. Luckily with our voucher we could skip the queue of people waiting to get on a gondola and aboard one straight away. Fantastic. The tour was beautiful, we passed along some the most known canals but also had the chance to see a few hidden spots, very pictoresque! And our "gondoliere" was super friendly and accepted to take a couple of pics of us on the gondola at the end of the ride. Can't hide it we paid a bit more than if we had paid on the spot but considering the amount of people around and the queue, well... it was well worth the money in my opinion!

Venice: 30-Minute Private Gondola Ride Reviewed by Frank, 11/17/2016

Nice short trip - very skilled gondolier.

Money well spent. Guide was easy going about matching up people to each gondola. Great job. :-)

Venice: 30-Minute Traditional Gondola Experience Reviewed by Wayne, 11/12/2016

lovely ride, super communication with GetYourGuide, Greyline negative

everything from GetYourGuide was perfect, their communication is very fast and nice and they solved my problem. However the same thing can't be said about GreyLine who operates the gondola rides. Rude guide, had to wait for 22 minutes to get on a gondola and instead of 30 min ride, we only got 15 min ride. I timed it, so I know it for a fact. Asked about it right after the ride, we were told we're lying. That we only had to wait 7 min. no problem waiting if the ride would've been the promised 30 min. if you book the ride, be sure to ask before - that is has to be a 30 min ride.

Venice: 30-Minute Traditional Gondola Experience Reviewed by Eveli, 11/07/2016

I loved the museum, but the Skip-the-Line ticket was unnecessary.

My husband and I really enjoyed this museum but felt that the skip-the-line ticket was unnecessary, since it was not clear where to enter to skip the line, and by the time we were assisted we could have purchased a regular access ticket. But the museum was really wonderful!

Venice: Peggy Guggenheim Museum Collection Ticket Reviewed by Amanda, 10/21/2016

It was a worthy experience, but not 30 minutes as advertised.

It was nice, not fantastic. This is mainly due to the volume of people trying to do this. You're kind of herded up by a guy that You may never find, because it is not displayed where to meet on site, then they get you into a boat and the ride begins. It is a nice ride. It starts off with about ten boats that split up so you kind of have your own canal. I don't mind that it was 20 minutes, I only mind that I paid for "30."

Venice: 30-Minute Traditional Gondola Experience Reviewed by Bradley, 10/20/2016

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