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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, Sightseeing Tours
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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.

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Lexington, KY
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

For a truly unusual and comfortable tour of the city, try a gondola cruise! La Gondola has authentic gondolas and gondoliers which cruise the river, offering a tour and even Italian songs! You can read a more detailed review on our travel blog here: http://www.wanderlustwonder.com/2014/10/28/our-first-gondola-tour-with-la-gondola/

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Clifton Park, New York
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49 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014 via mobile

My husband booked us a gondola ride as a special surprise for our trip to the WaterFire event, and it was definitely the highlight of the night. Our gondolier (Renaldo, I think his name was?) did his utmost to give us a memorable experience, and he even sang us an old Italian love song. The whole ride was very romantic,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Best Time Ever!!! From inquiry to booking, to experience on board the floating lounge I cannot say enough wonderful things! The floating lounge was set up so all 8 of us could be together to enjoy this unique water experience. I would suggest you go during the river fires, and bring more than one bottle of champagne with you (glasses,... More

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Rahway, New Jersey
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213 reviews 213 reviews
53 attraction reviews
484 helpful votes 484 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We went for our gondola ride during Waterfire. It was an amazing experience. Marcelo helped me arrange a birthday surprise for my friend. He went out of his way to make sure it was a memorable night. The gondoliers were terrific! We enjoyed every minute of the ride. I highly recommend doing this anytime but if you have the opportunity... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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47 reviews 47 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

The La Gondola boat ride is located close to the Citizen's Bank building and parking is somewhat available close. However, locating the boats requires a gentle but bumpy walk down cobblestone pathways that also include ramps. We ventured over to Providence on a slow evening in the middle of September. It was cold, but not too chilly. Our party included... More

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Rhode Island
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This Venetian tour of the Providence River is mini Italian vacation which takes you from rush of the city, to a quiet boat ride under and beside the city. On a clear fall day, it was too early for a bottle of wine, so we walked with our gondolier to get a cup of coffee to go with the complementary... More

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LaGondolaProv, Owner at La Gondola, responded to this review

Dear rhodysmiles, Thank you so much for writing such a thoughtful review; what you have written really captures exactly how we feel about the trip - the experience is one that is always tailored to the people that we have on board, and thus it can indeed be appropriate not just as a romantic trip, but also for families, ladies'... More

Smithfield, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I reached out the Marcello, the owner of La Gondola, asking about using gondola's for cocktail hour for our guests. The price was great and so worth it!Our guests had a phenomenal time bringing their cocktails on the gondola's for a beautiful ride down Waterplace Park. He was even able to bring my mother (who gave me away) and I... More

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LaGondolaProv, Owner at La Gondola, responded to this review

Dear Anita; Thank you so much for writing this review; your wedding was one of the highlights of my summer, getting to know you two and your delightful mom along the way, and getting to spend some time with you all on your very special day. Being any part of a wedding, from a grand entrance to taking bride and... More

Stanhope, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I recently hosted a family weekend celebration in Providence and booked a boat ride on La Gondola’s Floating Lounge on a full Waterfire night. We were a four generation family of 16, ranging in age from 84 to 4. After researching all the different river boat companies in Providence I decided the Floating Lounge best met my family’s needs and... More

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LaGondolaProv, Owner at La Gondola, responded to this review

Dear LauraG2292, Thank you so much for posting this review; Captain Rick and Gavriella really do a terrific job on the lounge, and I feel that they deserve more publicity than they receive. I am very happy that you were pleased with the service both on board and beforehand; from top to bottom I truly feel that every one of... More

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

My fiance surprised me with a birthday gondola Ride. It was very Romantic and beautifully peaceful. The gondola we rode in was the wedding gondola from Venice. It was beautiful in itself. I know everyone likes to take a gondola Ride during firewater but give it a try on a non firewater night very Romantic and private.

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LaGondolaProv, Owner at La Gondola, responded to this review

Dear Crystal C, Thank you for posting this review of us, and I am very happy that we were able to help make this birthday hopefully a little more special and memorable. The gondola that Crystal C mentioned was used, we believe, as a wedding gondola in Venice before it came to America, and it is adorned with beautiful carvings... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

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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LaGondolaProv, Owner at La Gondola, responded to this review

Dear milesmile, Thank you so much for taking the time to post this review of your trip. I greatly appreciate it, particularly for mentioning the partial WaterFire evenings. A partial fire event is exactly that: they (WaterFire) are only lighting up one section of the river, instead of the entire thing. To us as gondoliers, they are the best nights... More

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