There has been a slight change of plans. Instead of going to Venice, my friend and I are going to Naples (is this even a good choice?). On HostelWorld, "Giovanni's Home" is rated very highly. Has anyone been? Is this a good place to stay?
Thanks for everything!
We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment. -Hilaire Belloc
mcfish123, the culture in Naples is somewhat more "intense" than in Venice, but you would probably enjoy a visit there. Rather than stay in Naples, you could base yourself a bit further south along the Amalfi Coast.