Two Venetian Gondoliers, Venice, Italy, photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
TWO VENETIAN GONDOLIERS, VENICE, ITALY: Gondolas are synonymous with Venice. Some might say that no trip is complete without a ride in the ubiquitous boats. However, as a photographer, I’d much rather photograph them from a distance. Most gondoliers wear their distinctive and traditional hats and shirts. They know they are the constant subject of photographers.
Gondoliers have a website that explains their official rates. Find rates at: GondolaVenezia.it. It’s not cheap, by any means. At the time of writing, prices were approximately 80 Euros for a 40 minute ride for up to 6 persons. And that’s during the daytime.At night, rates rise to 100 Euros for a 40 minute ride. If you have your heart set on a romantic ride for two, that’s the rate you’ll pay. But if you hang about the popular spots where rides commence, you’ll find fellow travelers looking for others to share the cost of the ride. Don’t be surprised if gondoliers ask for more than these posted rates. So, settle on the price and length of the ride at the outset. Also, check the time of the start of your ride and confirm it with your gondolier. Why? Gondoliers’ watches can run suspiciously fast!
Shot with a Nikon D300, Nikon AFS 16-85mm at 80mm, f8, 1/320 sec, ISO 1250, Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography