From The TV Show: Gondolier Lesson in Venice

In the Venice episode of the second season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy enjoyed a uniquely Venetian experience!

While Kathy learned how to row a gondola from 8th-generation gondolier Franco Grossi, he doesn’t give lessons to the public. To cruise the canals on a ride in a private gondola, you can book a ride through your hotel’s concierge or at a gondola stand in Venice. There are official rates but gondoliers often end up charging more. For a fun and cheaper option, consider booking through KiShare, a gondola ride-sharing app that Grossi co-founded. KiShare charges a fixed price of 160 € for a six-person, 60-minute gondola tour, and will match you with other travelers who want to join you and split the cost. For more information, visit

To learn how to experience everything Kathy did in Venice, get your free copy of the full Dream of Italy: Season Two Travel Guide here.

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