Venice, Italy: Romantic Gondolas
One of Europe's great experiences is a Venetian gondola ride. An expensive rip-off for some, this peaceful glide through the canals is a traditional must for romantics. Wait till early evening, when the crowds diminish and the light is right. Choose a gondolier whose personality you enjoy, settle on a price, hop in, sit back and enjoy the magic of Venice. A visit to a gondola workshop provides a fascinating look at the age-old craftsmanship of these sleek, graceful boats. For more information on the Rick Steves' Europe TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit www.ricksteves.com.