There was no way we were leaving Venice without a gondola ride. The girls were set on it! Of the 500 gondolas reportedly in Venice I think they commented on *every* one - LOOK there is a gondola! LOOK there is a gondolier! So my mom and I coughed up the ridiculous price for a 30 minute ride and took the girls one evening. It was incredibly special. After throwing his hat to my mom, our gondolier took us down some quiet, peaceful canals where we felt like the only people in Venice. We enjoyed the silence and took in the experience (once I put the camera down.) Our evening on a gondola in Venice will be stored away in our memory vaults forever.