My boyfriend and I are heading to Venice next week for a 4 night stay in Cannaregio. We want to see the true Venice but we have a small budget so can't afford entry fees to many different palazzos, museums etc. Would anyone be able to advise us on a specific palazzo or museum that we should head for, that will kind of sum up Venice for us? Somewhere particularly grand or beautiful would be great..the content of the museum is not that important I guess.
Also can anyone recommend nightlife in Venice? We are not looking for clubs but a nice bar or some live music would be great. I've had a look at a couple of classical music shows but they seem too expensive for us.