The theme for our travel pics this week (and a bit) is I, for Italy.
When you go to Venice, you simply have to take a Gondola ride.
Yes, it’s cheesy. Yes, it’s cliched, Yes, it is only for tourists. But you still have to take a ride – because, well, it’s Venice, dammit! 🙂
Gondolas were regularly used by upper-class Venetians as transport – but today locals are more likely to use ferries, or the sleek speedy vaporetti water-taxis.
in the 1800s, its estimated there were 10 thousand gondolas but today there are only about 500.
The 600 kilo boats are 11 metres long, painted black and gold, and are controlled by (usually male) gondoliers who are licensed, wear black pants and striped shirts, and who generally don’t sing.
In fact, if you are unlucky, you may get one who spends the 40 minutes of a standard ride on his mobile phone.
4 thoughts on “Travel Pics Theme: I for Italy”
I guess it is cheesy and cliche, but I agree that it’s a necessity…if anything, because of its uniqueness and great memory to reflect back on. For a tip, your gondolier will sing. When visiting Venice years ago, we specifically asked for this to complete the experience.
We didn’t do the singing gondolier but.. Next time 🙂
I would take a ride even though it is a touristy thing. I love Venice and can hardly wait to return. Beautiful photos!
Thank you! We loved Venice, too, and want to go back. But there’s so many other places we want to go, too 🙂