Reality: Venice, Italy
That romantic gondola ride is likely to be more like bumper boats than a scene from a movie. Not only are there a ton of them in the water, but the canals are used by more than just tourists looking for a fun time. They’re actually working routes of transportation.
Also, in a city with so much open water be prepared for some unfamiliar smells. Enjoy the smell of fish everywhere you go? Then you’re in luck. If not, made skip Venice.