At the Venetian casino in Las Vegas, my husband and I went on a gondola ride in the outdoor canal. They also have an indoor canal, which we’ll check out next time. We wanted to have this experience. Okay, I wanted to have this experience and my husband went along lol! I’ve always wanted to ride on a gondola in Venice, and I hope to one day. In the meantime, there’s the Venetian.
The gondolier helped me step into the gondola at the starting point. Gondolas are maybe 12 feet long by 5 feet (if that) wide. Both the bow and the stern curve upward. Before you take off, a photographer takes pictures of you and your party that you can buy at the end of the ride. Oh, that reminds me: it looks like the gondolas seat 4 people at a time. We wanted a private ride (because I didn’t want to sit with strangers), and ended up paying for the 2 empty seats, but it was worth it.
Finally, we took off. During the ride, our gondolier sang “traditional” Italian songs in English, such as “‘‘O Sole Mio” and “That’s Amore.” He sang unaccompanied and thankfully had a good voice. I imagine that’s one of the criteria for becoming a gondolier.
The ride seemed to only take 5 minutes. It had to be longer than that, but that’s how it felt. We pulled back into the pier. We disembarked and bought 2 of the many photos they took of us, one of which you can see above. I love the gondolier’s face lol!
What sorts of touristy rides have you been on?