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La Gondola

1 Citizens Plz, Providence, RI 02903
401 421 8877
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Ranked #1 of 20 Activities in Providence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours
Owner description: Experience Providence from a new perspective! Benvenuto! We invite you to revel in the sights of the City from a unique vantage point that captures... more » Owner description: Experience Providence from a new perspective! Benvenuto! We invite you to revel in the sights of the City from a unique vantage point that captures the heart of Providence. Enjoy an excursion along the Woonasquatucket and Providence Rivers and witness the revitalization of the City, river walks, and waterfront parks. Whether you are celebrating an anniversary or birthday, looking to propose to that special someone, or just on a vacation to the city, a gondola trip is a great way to make your visit to Providence memorable and unique. La Gondola operates three authentic Venetian gondolas along the Providence Riverwalk, accommodating up to six passengers at a time on each gondola. Reservations are highly recommended and are always exclusive to your party. We are open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Our season is from 1 May to 31 October, and of course trips are always subject to availability and the weather. La Gondola Providence: For Lovers, For Families, For Everyone. « less
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Wilmington, Delaware
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Got into town late afternoon on our way to a vacation in Nantucket. Hot afternoon, but there was a stiff breeze and there was some shade on the water. Had a nice chat with the gondolier during and after, because there was no one else waiting. We got some history of the area, a few songs and a unique experience... More

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Newark, Delaware
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

My wife and I found out about La Gondola through Tripadvisor and booked our trip a couple of weeks before our vacation. Because of rain in the forecast we were contacted by La Gondola and offered a new time/date for our ride without issue. Very nice trip and gondolier. You can't find this type of authentic excursion in any city... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We were so glad we had a violinist joint our party of 4 on this perfect Summer evening. Marcello, our Gondolier sang beautifully and the violinist was also a talented young lady. We were served our sparkling wine before departure with a dish of Chocolate Biscotti. Marcello was very knowledgeable about questions we had pertaining to the canal, buildings and... More

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LaGondolaProv, Owner at La Gondola, responded to this review

Dear MissRoxiegirl; Thank you so much for taking the time to post this review, and for taking the trip with us! It was a pleasure being your gondolier; it is great to show the city off to tourists, but just as great to have locals on board. You are the only guests who can take this trip and remember in... More

Wantagh, New York
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68 reviews 68 reviews
45 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

My wife and I loved our gondola ride in Providence. Who would have ever guessed that you would find real gondolas from Italy in Providence? Marcelo, our guide, both pointed out the attractions and sang us several songs in Italian. The ride was extremely relaxing.

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LaGondolaProv, Owner at La Gondola, responded to this review

Dear dbtraveler58; Thank you so much for taking the time to post this review; it was a pleasure meeting you both, and being the gondolier for your trip. I am happy that you mention the boats themselves, as few people do, and we are very proud of the gondolas that we have here in Providence. Two of the three were... More

Saint Louis, Missouri
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60 reviews 60 reviews
6 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My wife and I had a blast doing this. Amadeo was a wonderful tour guide who was personable and gave us quite a lot of history about the city. A little pricey for a 45 minute tour, but a very romantic and different kind of way to see the city.

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LaGondolaProv, Owner at La Gondola, responded to this review

Dear mphopkins99; Thank you so much for taking the time to post this review, and I am very happy that you enjoyed the trip. Amadeo is a fine young man, and it is good to see him getting some publicity on TripAdvisor. All of our gondoliers are very dedicated to their craft, not only in terms of being good rowers,... More

Davidson, North Carolina
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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Enjoyed a trip on the Providence River prior to lighting for Water fire. I am glad we decided on the pre-lite trip as it gave us insight into the preparations and we were able to see the shore better. Walking on the river sidewalks after the lighting of the fires felt warm and our clothes smelled of wood smoke, so... More

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LaGondolaProv, Owner at La Gondola, responded to this review

Dear dolphinlover98, Thank you very much for posting this review; I truly appreciate you sharing your thoughts, and am happy that you enjoyed your trip. Per our conversation, I do apologize for the mis-communication between myself and the staff scheduled on that day, as you were indeed told by me that there would be a gondolier on the lounge to... More

Washington, Pa
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We traveled from Cape Cod to do this for a 60th birthday, and it was wonderful! Marcello was our gondolier, owns the company and has a wonderful singing voice. We brought along a bottle of wine and snacks. We were provided an ice bucket, glasses and wine biscuits. An absolutely wonderful way to see Providence and learn about the history.... More

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LaGondolaProv, Owner at La Gondola, responded to this review

Dear momdzall, Thank you so much for posting this review! It was a pleasure meeting you, and as I probably already said on the trip, I am very happy that you tried this trip first rather than WaterFire. Providence has a magic to it that does not need the fires to bring it to life. Having said that, hopefully we... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The best guy ever! So warm and happy! A very good guide if you've never been to Providence before. Everyone must take a gondola tour for sure

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LaGondolaProv, Owner at La Gondola, responded to this review

Dear Angelos S, Thank you so much for posting this review of us! I am thrilled that you enjoyed the trip AND particularly your gondolier. I truly do feel that every one of our guys is not only talented and knowledgeable, but also personable. Every gondolier tailors every trip to the party who he has on board, and as such,... More

New York City, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My husband booked this Gondola trip for us in Providence, Rhode Island. It was an unexpected and wonderful experience. The man is charge, Marcello, was friendly and told us a little about this operation. Our Gondolier, Amadeo, gave us background on these authentic Italian boat designs and their history. By the way, he has a gorgeous tenor voice. With my... More

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LaGondolaProv, Owner at La Gondola, responded to this review

Dear blazingburgundy1, Thank you so much for taking the time to post this review of us; I greatly appreciate it, particularly for giving Amadeo a little publicity. He truly is a very talented, knowledgeable, and courteous young man, and I am thrilled to have him as part of the team. We certainly agree with you, and do feel that Providence's... More

New England
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167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Right off the bat, I must say that the four of us - two couples - have been to Venice - the real one, in Italy, - The Venetian, in Las Vegas, where we've also been doesn't count, LOL - and we have both, in Venice, separately, taken several gondola rides as well as ridden the vaporetti extensively - so... More

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LaGondolaProv, Owner at La Gondola, responded to this review

Dear lexmiller, I truly appreciate you writing this review of us; I do not think there is anything else for me to add, other than that it is trips like yours that are the reason why to a man we all feel that the gondola is much more personal, romantic, and authentic on a non-fire evening, basking in a Providence... More

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