Romantic? Hmm. Expensive and a hassle to haggle? Definitely. The official price for the gondola ride is regulated by the city (80 euros for 40 minutes), but at the main gondola pier, tourists are quoted prices well in excess of 100 euros.
Our Advice: The Grand Canal and its side canals can be incredibly busy with other gondolas crammed around you and people constantly snapping pictures from the bridges of your private ride, so it’s worth it to get away from the crowds first and find a quieter area before you choose a gondola.