This is the view from the window of my room at the locanda where I stayed in December. I’d hear singing or an accordion playing, and I’d open the shutters and watch a gondola (usually full of Japanese tourists) float by.
I’ve never been on a gondola ride! I’ve been on the traghetto many times, but I’ve not had the full-fledged quintessential Venetian gondola experience. During my short first trip to Venice, my family went for it but I went to the Accademia instead. If I’d known I’d end up returning to Venice so many times, I’d have gone with them to split the cost. I think the prices are a bit outrageous.
But if I could find a gondolier who was a church expert AND could sing…..