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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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Georgia
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11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

We happened to be in Providence on a partial fire evening and we took a gondola ride to celebrate our anniversary. The unique experience was a treat! They provided some delicious Italian cookies, blankets and wine glasses. The gondolier sang to us, gave us a little history about Providence, and took us around the fire pits that lit the river.... More

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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

My husband and I were in town on a business trip, and when I was looking for something to do together I stumbled upon this site. I thought this sounded really cool, so we signed up. We had a WONDERFUL time. The ride is very quaint and romantic. The gondolier (Marcello, the owner) interacts as much or as little as... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We booked a private gondola trip for a full lighting night of waterfire. We brought a bottle of champagne and they chill this for you and pour it into pretty glasses marked with the company's logo. The trip was about 40 minutes...and so worth it. $179.00 for two. Our trip was around 12am so it was very peaceful. The waterfire... More

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Wilmington, Delaware
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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LaGondolaProv, Owner at La Gondola, responded to this review

Dear Matthew Y, Thank you very much for posting this review of us, and I am very happy that you had an enjoyable experience! I am particularly pleased that your gondolier, whoever he was, took some extra time with you, which is always nice to do, if there are not trips booked back-to-back in the schedule. It does create a... More

Newark, Delaware
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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LaGondolaProv, Owner at La Gondola, responded to this review

Dear JoefromNewark; Thank you so much for taking the time to post this review, and specifically for mentioning the authentic feel of the trip. We do try to offer as authentic an experience as we possibly can, and I personally feel like every one of our gondoliers contribute to that, as well as the gondolas themselves (which are authentic,) and... More

Providence, Rhode Island
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
39 helpful votes 39 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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61 reviews 61 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
37 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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