Wow thankyou again for all your help!
We are going on a cruise 12 night Carnival from Rome Civitavecchia to Naples, Dubrovnik,over night in Venice, Messina Sicily, Barcelona, Cannes, Liverno (Florence/Pisa) and back to Rome.
I will need to find a resonably priced hotel in Rome but not Venice.Plan to stay a few extra days here.
Looking forward to shopping for some shoes there, as well as other leather goods. My sister got a beautiful vace in Venice I belive she had it shipped home, I might look at the glass where here as well as the masks.
By the way if you like the Italian experiance you might want to consider a Costa Cruise, it's a very European cruise line, I really enjoyed it, the food was Italian, and they do this awesome Toga party on each cruise, the whole ship gets dressed up and votes on the guests in the talent show, you give them thumbs up to save them, thumbs down to send them to the lions! I won't give away the whole thing but sending them to the lions was hysterically funny! They served Gelato one day it was excellent. They had a Venetian night as well with body painting and mask making. I was on the Costa Mediterrenia ship, very nice and cheaper even then Carnival. I think I have a review in ship reviews.