Hiring a gondola in Venice
for a tourist is very expensive, let’s say exorbitant. Tariff is 120,000 LIT
for 50 minutes and for 1 to 6 passengers. If you want to stay longer, just
discuss with the gondolier about price and time. Now the “traghetto” is a
traditional shuttle service still used by Venetians and rather unknown by the
tourists. These are public gondolas shuttling from morning until evening over
the Grand Canal for a miserable amount of liras. A good scheme that will allow
the clever people among us, especially the broke ones, to be entitled to a
gondola tour (without the serenades
for tourists I’m afraid),..Of course the embarkation is less luxurious as the
promenade gondola, but it is at least authentic, black with its silvery prow.
The crossing of the Canal, quite short, entitles you at least to take an amusing
picture. Price: 700 LIT!!
You can find these traghetti in 10 different points along the Grand Canal. They
are indicated on panels near the place and in the streets around from where they
start. From North to South they connect the train station and fondamenta San
Simeon Piccolo, the campo San Marcuola and Fondacho dei Turchi, the Ca’d’Oro
and campo della Pescheria, campo San Silvestro (200 m south of Rialto) and
fondamenta del Carbon, the Ca’Rezzonico and San Samuele, the church della
Salute and campo Santa Maria Zobenico (also called del Giglio)
And since I decided to spoil you here are the unfindable schedules of the
gondola traghetti services:
--Santa Lucia station 7.45 to 13.45 during the week, 8.45 to 13.30 on Sunday and
--San Marcuola 7.30 to 13.30 during the week, doesn’t run on Sunday and
--Santa Sofia 7.00 to 21.00 during the week. 7.30 to 19.00 on Sunday and festive
--Al Carbon 8.00 to 14.00. Doesn’t run on Sunday and festive days.
--San Toma 7.00 21.00 during the week. 8.00 to 20.00 on Sunday and festive days.
--San Samuele 8.40 to 13.15 during the week. Doesn’t run on Sunday and festive
--Santa Maria del Giglio 8.00 to 19.00 from March to October and 8.00 to 18.00
November to February.
--Dogano 9.00 to 12.30 and 14.00 to 18.00 in the summer. 9.00 to 12.00 and 14.00
to 18.00 in the winter.