60-minute private gondola ride with official guide in Venice on the Grand Canal - Grand Canal and canals of the centre of Venice
60-minute private gondola ride with official guide in Venice on the Grand Canal: € 324 (up to 4 people + the gondolier)
An unmissable opportunity to get on an authentic gondola in Venice and travel the Grand Canal and the canals of the historic center in a 60-minute ride on a gondola reserved only for you and with comments from an official guide on the history of the buildings you will see and their fascinating stories of past centuries.
After meeting your guide you will get on the gondola to Santa Maria del Giglio for a journey full of history that will begin on the Grand Canal passing in front of Ca' Dario, the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, the Accademia Bridge, Casanova House, Palazzo Grassi, Ca' Rezzonico, Ca' Bembo, Ca' Pesaro, Campo Manin and Mozart's House.
You will also discover the secrets of the gondola itself while admiring the majestic Rialto Bridge up close.
Duration of the 60-minute private gondola ride with official guide in Venice on the Grand Canal
– 60 minutes.
What includes the 60-minute private gondola ride with official guide in Venice on the Grand Canal
The tour includes a 60-minute private gondola ride with an official guide in Venice along the Grand Canal. It is a gondola just for you that can accommodate up to 4 people (+ the gondolier).
– Gondola ride skipping the line up to 4 people (+ the gondolier).
– Multilingual assistance on boarding.
– Official guide.
Cancellation policy of the 60-minute private gondola ride with official guide in Venice
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel your reservation up to 24 hours before the activity starts.
History of the Venitian gondola
The gondola appeared in historical documents only around the 10th century A. D. , but its name states an older origin.
So the kondura in medieval Greek was used to describe a boat typical of the Upper Adriatic – similar to the sandolo or the mascareta that can be seen in some of Bellini’s paintings – and used in Venice at least since the High Middle Ages.
So the kondura was similar to the current gondola but shorter and lower, and without the typical asymmetrical shape of the modern gondola. The bottom was shallow and flat to be able to navigate better in the shallow channels of the bars of the Venetian lagoon.
This brings us back to a much older document that testifies to the navigational abilities of the Venetians, that is, of those populations, who after the invasions of the Visigoths (401) and especially of the Huns of Attila (452), separated from the inland Aeneti and began to live on small islets of the lagoon, building stilts there. Here they moved for centuries on small boats of which there is no evidence but which were certainly – for functional reasons – very similar to the ancient kondura.
This is the document written in 537 AD by Flavius Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus, Prefect Praetorus of King Ostrogoth Vitige, to the Venetian Maritime Tribunals, in which the Senator asks for the intervention of the Venetian fleet to bring the rich annual production of wine and oil from Istria to Ravenna – capital of the Empire.
"...ubi alternus aestus egrediens modo claudit, modo aperit faciem reciproca inundatione camporum. Hic vobis aquatilium avium more domus est."
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