Sorry for the delay but my obligations were so many and i didn't have a lot of time.
While gondolas were once regularly used by Venetians, especially of the upper classes, today vaporetti have become the main form of water transportation in Venice. A couple hundred years ago there were about 10,000 gondolas but today there are only about 500.
A gondola is flat and made of wood. It's 11 meters long, weighs 600 kg and is hand built in special workshops called squeri of which there are still a few today. Gondolas are seen in festival parades and in regate or rowing competitions.
Most people recommend taking a gondola ride on the quiet, back canals rather than on the crowded Grand Canal. If you want to ride on the Grand Canal, a vaporetto is much less costly. Riding on canals in less touristed areas lets you see a different view of Venice and there won't be bumper to bumper gondalas.
Choose a gondola stop in the area you want to visit. If you want back canals, walk a few blocks off the main street (and away from San Marco) to look for a gondolier. Our Venice sestiere map and information can help you choose what neighborhood you want to explore.
A gondola is like a luxury car. Although black is the official color, many are ornately decorated and have comfortable seats and blankets. You can stroll around and look for one that suits your fancy.
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dkmurphys (52823) 2012-12-03 2:42
Very beautiful classical capture. I like the POV and the elements of this composition. Good work and to many more posts!
papagolf21 (90616) 2012-12-03 3:15
Bonjour, chère Maria,
Félicitations pour cette 300e publication sur le site.
Cette composition présentée est de toute beauté et fait rêver à de magnifiques voyages.
Un pur régal.
ikeharel (63039) 2012-12-03 4:10
Every pic. is a good reason for a celebration... not round numbers only. But, here you had chosen a pic. from the most photographed town on TE, vivid and lovely, with a symbol of the Gondola anchored - so, my cong.'s for the double achievement.
Noel_Byrne (27448) 2012-12-03 5:25
Congratulations on number 300 :) Thanks also for the fine gallery of shots you have shared.
A great image for the milestone too, the gondola itself is presented perfectly against the interesting architecture in the background. Thanks also for your interesting note, I only learned recently that these are all black in Venice.
All the best
bayno (18344) 2012-12-03 5:25
Ciao Maria, you chose one of the more beautiful city in the world for your 300 Th post, congrat and tank you for you always appreciate comment...
beautiful colors, nice quality and perfect framing....nice job....
Sergiom (67560) 2012-12-03 5:45
Une belle manière de célébrer ta 300ième. Il n'y a rien de plus beau que Venise. J'aime le point de vue derrière la gondole .Il apporte de la profondeur à l'ensemble. L'arrière plan est magique.
lgir (7189) 2012-12-03 6:15
beautiful staging, on this composition with contrasting colors, despite dreary weather.
A very nice picture to mark this 300th. bravo !!
mohammad_H (9754) 2012-12-03 7:02
The colors are attractive, spectacular and eye-catching
Venice and civilization dating back several years, in Italy it is obvious
Have a nice day
bertolucci (13362) 2012-12-03 7:36
Congratz with your 300th picture on TE Maria!
And it's a beautiful one that's very typically Venetian: the juxtaposition of that lovely waterfront acrhitecture and the playful lines of the gondola, the colours.... Very enjoyable and graphical pleasing work!
Have a fine start of the week,
Best regards from Rotterdam,
eldancer1 (32137) 2012-12-03 7:42
I went to the Venetian casino yesterday and I was tempted to take pictures of their gondolas, I like yours better they are real not fake like ours. Good lighting and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
Sonata11 (33697) 2012-12-03 8:12
Wow!!! very beautiful and always spectacular Venice. We are always with pleasure coming back to this unique city. Wonderfully captured and presented fabulous photo job. An execellent excuted this magnificent image. Love it. Awesome shot. Thanks for sharing.
ourania (36486) 2012-12-03 12:23
η πρώτη φωτογραφία με την οποία σε γνώρισα στο ΤΕ ήταν της Βενετίας. Θυμάμαι μου είχε αρέσει και με είχε εντυπωσιάσει πολύ. Έτσι και αυτή με την οποία σημειώνεις 300 συμμετοχές στο site. Μου αρέσει πάρα πολύ η κομψότητα της σύνθεσης, το ελκυστικό βάθος και η προοπτική, η σπουδαία ευκρίνεια της εικόνας, τα θαυμάσια χρώματα και η γοητευτική ατμόσφαιρα. Συγχαρητήρια, ευχαριστώ και καλή συνέχεια στην εξαιρετική δουλειά σου!
Να είσαι καλά, καλό βράδυ,
cornejo (35919) 2012-12-03 12:58
Hello Maria, very nice picture of this beautiful and interesting postcard Venetian to celebrate your 300 post. A nice and interesting picture nicely framed and on, with good technique and quality. Very good and nice job superbly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing your interesting work.
Good night and happy week.
carlo62 (38805) 2012-12-03 14:47
festeggi le 300 foto con un classico, Venezia e la sua gondola lungo il canale dai bei palazzi colorati.
Luce non splendida, ma con un ottimo risultato.
fabbs99 (16817) 2012-12-03 18:27
I like your note on gondolas as much as I like this special shot of the boat with such colorful buildings in the background.Very nice saturated colors and perfect sharpness.Very well done.TFS.
macjake (61566) 2012-12-03 18:39
congrats on reaching 300 photos, its alot isn't it.
its amazing to think we post so many!
I liked reading your note below, for me personally it was really interesting to learn that these gondolas weigh so much!
I also enjoy how the gondola in the photo takes up basically the entire width of the frame, and up above we see the classic Venetian architecture.
well setup and composed.
pajaran (55113) 2012-12-03 22:59
Lepa fotografija za jubilej 300. fotografija na TE.
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o gondoli, sa datim podacima.
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazana gondola i stara arhitektura.
Sve njabolje u daljem radu i zivotu, sa lepim fotografijama na TE.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan.
Beautiful photos for 300th photos on TE.
Very interesting and good article on the gondola, with the given data.
Good image sharpness, contrast, beautiful color.
Good composition, beautifully demonstrated gondola and old architecture.
All the best encryption in their future work and life, with beautiful photographs of the TE.
Have a nice and successful day.
Silvio1953 (130518) 2012-12-04 0:52
Ciao Maria, congratulations for your 300th post on TE and thanks for all your beautiful photo, great parade of lovely facades, nice composition with gondola in FG, excellent clarity, fine details, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
delpeoples (55094) 2012-12-04 2:13
Kalimera dear Maria
Congratulations on your 300th photo here on TE, what a great achievement and I would like to thank you for your contribution, your photos and your friendship. The photo of Venice is sensational, beautifully coloured despite the overcast conditions. The details of the gondola set the mood and atmosphere beautifully. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
adramad (40710) 2012-12-04 13:12
My congratulations on these 300 pictures in TE, which nourish your gallery of varied and beautiful images that make us enjoy. I hope and expect to continue to share several hundred more.
Fabulous this composition, which conveys all the charm and beauty of this magical city.
Superb POV with the gondola in the foreground and the variety of beautiful facades in the background.
Great job with good sharpness and brightness and a lovely range of color.
Have a nice day.
Schnappilic (9690) 2012-12-05 11:45
Congratulations for this superb postcard from Venice and for all 300 picture!
All the best!
thebest (4276) 2012-12-08 23:07
Isn't Venice a wonderful destination - I only spent a few hours there before I had to leave to come back home to Australia.
I love your photo showing the gondola on the ' Grand Canal ' with the wonderful architecture in the background. A lovely photo excellent content & POV.
I would like to wish you & your family '' A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS '' with much love in the New Year.
jemaflor (89405) 2012-12-09 0:24
Nice view for your 300 th, Well composed, beautiful colors, well made, tfs.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-12-16 5:23
Despite the dim light, colors and sharpness are very good. The view is cleverly chosen. The composition is very nice. Bravo.
Have a nice sunday
Cricri (111515) 2012-12-25 0:45
F"licitations pour cette 300 ème image romantique de Venise
bon cadrage de la gondole, les bâtiments colorées, dont l'architecture ne manque pas de charme, compliment
Merry Christmas to You and Your Family
mirosu (15302) 2012-12-31 3:41
Excellent composition with the gondola in the front and the colorful bulding facades in BG. Beautiful colors, very good clarity and sharpness.
Many thanks for all your comments in 2012, and I like to wish you and your family a happy and successful New Year 2013.
npecanhuk (70129) 2012-12-31 3:43
Very beautiful picture of always wonderful Venezia!!!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent photo qualities that really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
A very Happy and Prosperous 2013 !!!
ciakgiak (30423) 2012-12-31 4:19
Colgo l'occasione su questa splendida foto per congratularmi con te per le 300 foto e per farti gli Auguri di Buon Anno!!! Cari saluti.
Angshu (56592) 2013-01-07 23:04
A postcard from Venice. The colourful facades of the houses creates a typically Venetain backdrop to the gondola. Congratulations on your personal landmark of 300 posts! A matter to be proud of, surely!
My best wishes to your & your loved ones for this New Year which has just begun
dip (23844) 2013-01-30 10:43
Τα όμορφα και φυσικά χρώματα και ο καλός φωτισμός,καθώς η ευκρίνεια και το καλό καδράρισμα,καθιστούν την ωραία φωτογραφία σου ξεχωριστή,
δίκαια την εξέλεξες για την συμπλήρωση των 300 φωτό στο site,
jcpix (13816) 2013-01-31 14:21
A classical and timeless image of Venice. I never grow weary of seeing this beautiful and unique city, and you've done a lovely job in presenting it in a manner fitting of its charm and personality. I enjoy this well chosen spot along the canal, the colors are strong and rustic. Splendid composition to highlight the iconic gondola in its most wonderful surroundings. Well done!
jmdias (59000) 2013-02-01 15:37
beautiful corner of venice with the typical boat, the façades, its colors and shapes. I liked the softness of the light and the precious sharpness you got here. TFS.
Miguel82 (26543) 2013-02-12 8:02
It is indeed a magnific city and I like gondolas among the different kind of boats
Great shot with beautiful buildings in the background
Superb colors, excellent sharpness