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Venice: 30-Minute Gondola Ride on Grand Canal with Serenade

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56 reviews

Activity provider: Venice Events srl

Venice: 30-Minute Gondola Ride on Grand Canal with Serenade

Activity provider: Venice Events srl
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From US$ 43.14 per person

Enjoy a romantic gondola ride through the Grand Canal and smaller canals of Venice while being serenaded by a musician on the trip.

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Duration 30 minutes - 2 hours
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Italian, English
Private or small groups available


  • Enjoy a 30-minute gondola ride through the canals of Venice
  • Glide through the Grand Canal and smaller side canals of this magical city
  • Be serenaded on your journey by a musician and a singer
Full description
No visit to Venice is complete without taking a gondola ride down the world famous Grand Canal - even better when it's accompanied by a live musician's serenade! Enjoy a relaxing evening cruising down many hidden canals so small you can literally touch the palazzos as you float by them. Explore the beauty of this city and breathe in the Italian culture unique to Venice. What makes this tour special is its musical flair - local musicians will be on board the gondola to serenade everybody with the traditional romantic music of Italy. What better way to spend an afternoon in Venice and get in the Italian spirit with your friends or family!
  • 30-minute private or shared gondola ride accompanied by music (depending on option chosen)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks (unless option with dinner selected)
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 3 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage

Know before you go

  • Please note that this activity is not wheelchair accessible
  • This tour runs rain or shine, so dress appropriately for the weather
  • For each flotilla (about 6 gondolas) the singer and the musician will be in the center of the row so everyone can hear the music
  • Children are free only if they don't occupy their own seat on the gondola
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.7 /5

based on 56 reviews

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A Venetian gondola with a charming and cool gondoliere

Perhaps two musicians will board the customer who is paying a special fee and sing and play various songs. If there is no special charge, you may get on any ship. Other ships arrive around the ship and listen to it, but I often don't hear it in terms of distance (laughs), but there is a place to give a tip at the end in advance. If I knew it, I wanted to give a tip to the charming Gongoliere. It's not a famous place, but a course that goes around the platform, but there is no problem in enjoying the atmosphere. The skill of manipulating narrow waterways without hitting a ship is wonderful! I highly recommend aiming for the evening time. It's romantic!

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August 15, 2019

This was the #1 highlight of our trip to Italy!

This was fantastic and totally worth the money! My husband and I traveled to Rome, Florence and Venice in July 2018. We were on a budget and didn't want to bust the budget, so went with the "shared" gondola option and then splurged to have the serenade option. The experience was unforgettable and easily the best part of our whole trip! The singer and the man with the accordion had great chemistry and were constantly interacting w/ my husband and I. I thought the 20 mins sounded kinda short, but it ended up being the perfect amount of time. Do it at sunset around 7:30 if possible. Highly recommend this to all my family members and friends, it was simply enchanting and something my husband and I will never forget!

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August 4, 2018

Lots of people turned up at the same time for the shared serenade ride, treble the amount a Gondola could take so we were split into three groups, three separate Gondolas and the musicians rode in a different Gondola to us. We were close to the Gondola with the musicians so could hear them, but that is not what we booked. The ride was meant to be at 3.30pm for half an hour, we departed at 3.40 and were back for 4pm, therefore making it only twenty minutes. Very disappointed indeed. The gondolier was very abrupt and did not look happy or smile once throughout the whole ride.

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December 2, 2019

Product ID: 125042