Ravenna, a city filled with amazing mosaics, was my next destination after visiting Luca. The Mausoleo di Galla Placida, with its dark blue night sky mosaic covering the ceiling, was the most memorable to me. If you want to save money, you can stay in Rimini, full of hotels and Russians on vacation, and take a commuter train in. Rimini itself contains many sights like the Tiberius Bridge, a 2000 year old Roman bridge sturdy enough for cars to cross.
Most of the positive and negative things said about Venice are true. It is very expensive (7.50 euro for a single vaporetti, or waterbus, ride), is thronged with clueless visitors (it was difficult to move with all of the huge suitcases at the vaporetti stop by the train station), and waves do splash onto the paths when it’s high tide. However, it really is special to see the opulence of the Doge’s Palace or to explore the (extremely safe) alleyways at night once the crowds are gone. One night there was plenty for me.