Hi Marylin: How come you are going back to Venice but if you do, I'd take the train. Driving in Italy can be hairy especially if on smaller two lane roads. Anyway, the hotel I will stay in in Venice for a few days before the cruise is LOCANDA CA' SAN MARCUOLA. I chose it because it is right on a canal with canal rooms available and close to everything. I purposely end my trip in Rome so I can zoom down to Capri and the Amalfi coast for a few days. Capri is magic. Then back to a few days in Rome before flying home In Rome, check out the web site for the PENSIONE BARRETT. It is the most unique place I have ever seen and very convenient to everything. I did pretty much all these ports in Oct 2008 and
want to repeat them (esp. Santorini & Mykonos) as they are all great. If you have any questions, pop me a line.