VENICE: The Dreaded Gondola Ride

ME: How much for a gondola ride?

GONDOLIER: 80 for 30/40 minutes

THE HUSBAND: I’ll pay 200 not to go.

Not go, oh no no no no…I don’t think so, honey. I’m sorry but you can not go to Venice without taking a gondola ride, which is exactly what The Husband did. He had to. Hey, he made me go shopping for salami all day, and I mean all day. It was the least he could do! And anyway, he enjoyed it. He even said so.


  1. Welcome home Osama bin Heather! I see that you are no match for London security.

    Loved your last few blogs!

    I hope you did not eat all the food, as I will be going to VCE [twice] on a 48 hour layover in June. But not before having 2 Milan layovers two weeks prior. [Domestic? What type of flying is that?! Sounds yucky.]

    Osteria Ai 40 Ladroni will be the first place I will eat at, thanks for the tip. Any other recommendations are appreciated.

    By the way, I talked one of our FAs into sharing an order of guinnea pig with me on a Quito Ecuador layover 2 weeks ago. I can’t recommend this dish however. The locals love it, but not I. Plus, there is not much meat on those poor little critters. We ended up going to another restaurant and ordered pizza.

    Do you need anymore olive oil from Italy?

  2. BOB – a 48 hour layover in Venice….OMG I’m so jealous! Okay, you have to go to Osteria ai 40 Ladroni for dinner. It’s on a street called Fundamenta della Sensa – 3253. (phone 041715736)The service is not great (slow), but the food is really good. Like most restaurants in Venice, they won’t open until 7pm, so you have plenty of time to find the place, and while you’re looking for the place, you’ll get a chance to see Cannaregio, which is a place I think you’ll like. Head towards the Rialto Bridge and then when you get to the bridge ask an Italian which way to Cannaregio. You’ll follow Strada Nuovo for about 15 minutes from the Rialto Bridge, which is a very nice street full of shops and cafes. Once you see the Cannaregio sign, you’re close. I wish I could tell you exactly how to get there, but I can’t. If you get lost, ask for Hotel Mori D’oriente, because just about everyone knows where that hotel is, and the staff at the hotel is really nice. The restaurant is about two blocks from the hotel. Make sure to order the gnochi and crab. If you make it to the hotel, ask for Guido, and he’ll give you a few more recommendations nearby. One night we didn’t take Guido’s recommendation and regretted it big time! If you find a fruity olive oil, bring it home!

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