Gondola

The gondola, the iconic vessel of Venice Italy.

Artviva: The Original and Best Walking Tours
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On 2017/06/08
Eddie Wong said:
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Ishmael is Excellent

Ishmael led us on a fascinating food tour in and around the famed Mercado in Florence. After sampling tasty pizza dough poppers and lattes, we ventured into the indoor central market (mercado) and met several family owned businesses that sold olive oil, cheese, and other goodies. I'm not a huge foodie but enjoyed the food and learning about the process of aging olive oil and balsamic vinegar. We also had a full lunch at a local restaurant with delicious pasta and oxtail. I can't say enough superlatives about Ishmael. He is knowledgeable, personable and attentive. I would love to invite him over for dinner in San Francisco so that we can continue our conversations about food, music and art. There's so much more than food on a tour with Ishmael. Peace and blessing on to you. Ciao, Florence. We will return.

On 2017/06/04
Marita said:
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Artviva guides set a high standard

I booked Artviva's Original Florence Walk for 5 people and the Uffizi and David tours for three people. Our Artviva guides lived up to their reputation for being extremely knowledgeable about the city and its many wonders and their ability to transmit it all in flawless English was amazing. We really could not have wished for more. It was also great to spread this tour package over three days -- more time to take in all the interesting stories that we were offered. Special thanks to Barbara and Brenda for sharing their passion.

On 2017/05/24
Kathy Harris said:
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Florence walking tour

During a recent visit to Florence I was on a small group walking tour called "Sites and Statues" with tour guide Brenda. It was a delight spending the time with Brenda as she shared her stories and her knowledge of her beloved Florence. Thanks ArtViva for sharing Brenda with us!

On 2017/05/02
John Aldeborgh said:
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Just A Fantastic Tour

We took the tour of the Uffizi Gallery on April 22nd with Loredana as our guide. Just an outstanding way to see the museum as you get the opportunity to merge the art with the history of Florence and the Medici family history. If you love art history and the renaissance then Florence and the Uffizi have to be on your bucket list. Loredana is an outstanding guide, she is very personable and a walking encyclopedia of knowledge on both the art in the gallery as well as history of Florence and the renaissance. A great way to spend an afternoon.

On 2017/04/02
Kathleen O Pierce said:
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We were a group of 6 that had taken 4 tours in Florence and loved all of them. This tour in Rome was significantly different. This tour is not for the faint of heart. It is crowded and loud and tiring. I would never do it again even though our tour guide, Rosie, was great.

On 2017/04/02
Kathleen O Pierce said:
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Elisabetta gave us the two hour tour at the Uffizi Gallery. She was an EXCELLENT tour guide. We had a group of 6 and she held all of our attention. I would highly recommend this tour and this tour guide.

On 2017/04/02
Kathleen O Pierce said:
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We loved our tour to visit the David with Claas. It is only an hour long, and it is a MUST if visiting Florence. The only issue was that it was crowded and Claas did not hold his microphone up to his mouth, but pinned it on his shirt. There was a lot of background noise, walking to the tour, and inside the building. I would highly recommend he talk slower and hold his microphone to make the tour even better. I would highly recommend this.

On 2017/04/02
Kathleen O Pierce said:
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Our family of 6 spent the day visiting Tuscany with Stefan. We had a glorious day. Stefan was knowledgeable and fun...we learned so much. I highly recommend this tour! Couldn't have been better!

On 2016/11/04
Tasha said:
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BEST way to see Rome

My husband and I were on our honeymoon and booked the "Original Rome Walk" for a Monday afternoon on Halloween; it ended up being a private tour with our guide Sylvie and it was FANTASTIC! She was super knowledgeable and funny, and took the time to answer my husband's multiple questions. The tour itself was also great - I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Rome!

On 2016/11/02
Dawn Everidge said:
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Tour of a lifetime

My friend and I took the Genius of Michelangelo Tour by Artviva and it was absolutely brilliant, the highlight of our time in Florence!! We cannot recommend it enough!! Our tour guide was fabulous, a riveting former art history professor, who brought The Renaissance to life for us as he guided us through Florence. His stories pulled us back to the Florence known to Michelangelo and his contemporaries. The crowds disappeared for us as we were transported through time and were guided to Michelangelo's well-known and lesser known works. Ultimately the masses literally parted for us, momentarily, as we realized the dream of a lifetime, seeing his masterpiece, The David. It was the tour of a lifetime that we never wanted to end!

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Gondolas were once the main form of public transport in Venice. Indeed, during the 1600-1700s, there were many thousands of gondolas in existence. There were also several other forms of vessels in use at this time, most of which have all but disappeared from the Venetian waterways.

With only 400 gondolas left in Venice today, and 425 official gondolier licenses up for grabs, becoming a gondolier is a highly prestigious – not to mention expensive – process. There are many exams covering not only the technicalities of rowing the gondola, but also history exams and language skills.

The form of the gondola changed gradually over time, until rules came into force banning additional changes to the design.

Comprised of some 280 parts, eight varieties of wood go into the construction of the gondola. Gondolas could have been painted in any colour until an ordinance requiring all gondolas to be painted black came into force legally and then traditionally.

Gondoliers stand on the back of the gondola and use a made-to-measure oar - called a rèmo - to row along the water. The rèmo is cupped in a fórcola that allows the gondolier to manoeuvre the oar.

The flat base of the gondola was designed to allow the vessel to navigate the waters of the Venetian lagoon.

The gondola is balanced off-centre to compensate for the weight of the gondolier and the effect of rowing on one side with a single oar. The férro – a metal decoration on the front of the gondola – serves as a counterbalance.

Gondolas originally had a small cabin to protect passengers from the weather. Venetian blinds take their name from the form of shutters that once provided passengers privacy there within.

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A Venetian Wine Tour

Under the expert guidance of our professional Sommelier, enjoy sampling some of finest food and wine in one of the local ‘Bacari’ establishments.   
 
 
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An Enchanting Evening: Gondola Ride and Serenade

Glide along the charming canals and waterways in style during this private gondola ride complete with serenading musical accompaniment. As the sun sets across the lagoon, you’ll relish the stunning views and enjoy the gentle breeze as it ushers in a romantic evening for two.
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Glorious Venice in a Day (or Two or Three)

Take advantage of our expert personal guides for the ultimate exploration of the ‘City of Canals’. Be entertained by the stories and the history behind this magnificent world as told by your own walking-talking fountain of knowledge!
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The Original Grand Canal Experience

Experience the magnificent Grand Canal in this truly unique way complete with luxurious water transportation that will whisk you off to the most breath-taking views, famous film locations, and grand palaces. Hear all about the mystery, intrigue and scandals that have been born from this sumptuous landscape, and enjoy a taste of the lifestyles of the rich and famous.
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Learn To Be a Gondolier

Learn to navigate the city’s gorgeous canals and stunning lagoon at your own speed with one of our unique rowing classes. Our great English-speaking instructor will guide you through all the techniques and skills needed to become an expert Gondolier in no time!
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The Ultimate Venetian Experience

Explore one of the most charming and unique cities in the world while gliding around on a traditional gondola. View the beauty of this metropolis both on foot, and by water, as part of this bespoke introduction to the authentic Venice. 
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The Gondola: King of the Canals

Begin your evening with a dreamy ride down Venice's beautiful canals. Once the only mode of transportation, a gondola ride is still the best way to see this floating paradise through the eyes of the Venetians from yesteryear.
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