For cruises departing 6th May, 10th June and 24th June 2018, guests aboard hotel barge La Bella Vita are offered a free Gondola ride through Venice. In addition to this, there's a 20% discount for the 6th May cruise departure and 10% off the 10th and 24th June cruises, respectively.
Emblematic of Venice, the Gondola has to be one of the most romantic modes of transport available to us today. It is a vessel steeped in history which over time has become a must do activity for those who visit The Floating City. At the turn of the 18th century it is estimated that there were some 4000 gondolas in operation on the waterways of Venice, a monumental number when you consider that today, there are only 400.
The Gondolas are 36 feet (10.87 metres) in length and weigh a staggering 1545 pounds (700kg). A quirk of their design is that they have one side longer than the other, created to counterbalance the weight of the gondolier. This unique feature gives them their distinctive lean as they cruise along.
Becoming a gondolier is no easy feat. The prospective applicant must be vetted, and pass a series of tests before they can obtain their full licence. Even then the number of gondoliers in Venice is capped, so they must wait for their chance to get out on the water. Besides the obvious perks of the outdoor life and the physique one must obtain from rowing every day, owning and operating a Gondola is a lucrative business, average earnings are said to be between $83,000 and $140,000 per year.
ABOUT LA BELLA VITA
La Bella Vita is a stylish 20-passenger vessel offering comfortable, fully air-conditioned accommodations with a choice of single or double beds. She has two upper-deck junior suites and eight lower-deck staterooms, all with en-suite facilities; and a bright, spacious dining room/bar area. Louvred doors open to the side decks to give a perfect viewing platform. Above, there is a huge sun deck with comfortable loungers to relax on with a drink and a good book, or just watch the world go by.
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View La Bella Vita's online brochure
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