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Meet Saverio of The Gondola Company in Coronado

Today we’d like to introduce you to Saverio.

Saverio, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up in Long Beach, California and traveled with a group of friends to Venice, Italy every year to participate in a regatta called the Vogalonga. We’d spend weeks in Venice eating, drinking, and rowing with the locals, After years of traveling to Italy and rowing in Venice, I thought I’d like to bring gondolas to California and found a great location in the Coronado Cays.

In 1999, the first gondolas arrived in Coronado and we’ve been taking passengers through the Coronado Cays ever since. The Coronado Cays is a residential community with waterfront homes and yachts along numerous canals and waterways, much like a modern Venice. It’s perfect for gondolas.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has mostly been smooth, although it takes a lot of work to be smooth.

One unique challenge in the gondola business, is finding parts and people qualified to do maintenance and repair.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about The Gondola Company – what should we know?
The Gondola Company offers Venetian gondola cruises in Coronado. We provide a brief escape from reality to another world and we specialize in romance. We are definitely the most romantic thing to do in San Diego.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Attention to detail and trying to make things as easy for the guest as possible.


  • Pasaporto Cruise $115 for two passengers
  • Sunset Cruise $135 for two passengers
  • Caorlina Cruise $32 per person, minimum seven passengers

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