Hi, I'm going to Rome in October and will be taking a cruise to Venice. I'd like to go a few days early to spend a little time sightseeing. I'd like to stay in a nice hotel, so please tell me what area of the city I should be staying in as far as conveniences for interesting sight seeing, transportation, safety, restaurants, shopping, etc. Also, what's the best way to get around to see the sights? Taxis, car rental, buses, trains, etc.? Thank you.