1. Gondolas in Venice
You can’t skip a stone in Venice without hitting a gondola, but the best way to experience the city of canals is to learn how to pilot a boat yourself. Instead of paying dearly for a short (but romantic) boat ride, book a lesson to learn voga alla veneta, the Venetian style of rowing while standing up. Better yet, paddle your boat down the waterways directly to a bar with cicchetti (happy hour snacks).