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I took my first gondola ride on my recent trip to Venice this year. I know a lot of people are of the opinion that gondola rides are overrated but it still feels incomplete (almost akin to cheating) if you come to the Floating City and don’t take one.
A perfect sunny day awaited me and I couldn’t be happier- the perfect way to capture the beauty of Le Serenissima. My gondola ride started from near the Luna Baglioni Hotel, crossing several famous landmarks and buildings of Venice. 

It passed the Regina Hotel and the Salviati Building, such a great way to escape the crowds at San Marco.

My gondolier was extremely courteous and sweet and chatted for a few minutes. He was rowing the traditional boat since 35 years, something easy to listen but hard to comprehend. 

He knew the secret corners and quiet alleys of Venice and it was a short and sweet journey to go there. I could hear nothing but the sound of the water and the oar. What a memorable experience to treasure!

I am so thankful that I chose Avventure Bellissime -one of the several tour companies operating in quintessential Venice for this service. What struck me most about their website was that they provided several offbeat tours such as the Walking Tour of Hidden Venice or the Private Ghost Walk (I have this in mind for my next trip). Another important factor is the pricing- they are priced comparatively quite low to their competitors

It is great how things are just meant to fall in place, for Avventure Bellissima was my friend Susan’s idea. Grazie Mille Susan, I had a wonderful experience with them and I hope that next time we can take a gondola ride together. Susan’s adventures of Italy can be read here.

“It is always assumed that Venice is the ideal place for a honeymoon. This is a grave error. To live in Venice or even to visit it, means that you fall in love with the city itself. There is nothing left over in your heart for anyone else.”