|Venetian Gondola Ride:E74|
Rental Location: Loeb Boathouse daily
Weekdays: 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Weekends: 2:00pm to 10:00pm
Rate: $30 per half hour
Capacity: Up to six people per boat
Central Park has its own authentic handcrafted gondola straight from the canals of Venice.
Called "La Fia de Venezia," the daughter of Venice, it is a 37-foot gondola imported from that venerable city and donated to the Park Conservancy by New York City philanthropist Lucy Moses.
The sleek black craft was inaugurated into the waters of the Lake in May 1986 and has been a tremendous attraction and a source of continued astonishment ever since.
Originally introduced in 1862 and manned by authentic Venetian gondoliers a Park visitor could hire one to pole them around the Lake while being serenaded to the then popular tunes from the operas of Puccini and Verdi.
If you like "O Solo Mio," this modern gondolier might be the one for you.