Like another reviewer we also booked our gondola ride in conjunction with a tour of the city ( 39 euros each total ). It was excellent value and we enjoyed a 35 minute ride in one of these wonderful boats. Starting from the mooring place in the Grand Canal we were expertly steered along the narrow side canals. Our gondolier did not sing unfortunately but we were treated to a wonderful piece of Opera by a lady who we couldn't see. She was either in one of the nearby gondolas or perhaps in one of the overhanging houses, who knows ? It really made our journey special, her lovely voice was amplified and echoed between the buildings as we slid along.
A word of warning though. Getting on and off these fabulous vessels can be unnerving unless you have perfect balance ! Hold onto anyone who has a hand out to help you, they do wobble about a bit. Once seated however you are quite safe. Enjoy the experience !
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