While riding in a gondola in Venice is one of the most common ways to see the city, it is also one of the most expensive. A ride on the traghetto, a sort of foot ferry on a gondola, is usually crowded and quick, leaving little time to see the city from the water. A ride on the vaporetto (water taxi) can be so crowded that you may not even be able to see the water from your standing spot.
Although I think a trip to Venice should include all three of the above, on a hot summer day I’d suggest taking to the water on a motor boat.
A motor boat will take you nearly everywhere that a gondola will. The faster pace may be a little less romantic, but the trade off is a little breeze on your face and a chance to see a little bit more of the city during your rental time.
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