Subject: Re: Rome and Venice
Pat There is no such thing as a reasonably priced hotel in Venice. I would recomend that you search for an apartment or pensione in the Dorsoduro area. It is not so far away from St Marks, that you couldn't walk taking a different route every time and get to see different sights. It is a residential area rather than tourist-although there is plenty to see (gondola repair building yard, the Acadamia, etc). Has a nice feel of an evening, and is popular as a residential area for the university. You could start with some of the following.

See my Rialto &Acadamia page

I assume you propose train from Rome to Venice? There are websites that give travel times between cities. With stops, I guess around 6 hours???

cheers Gavin (Sydney, Australia)