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Venice for Christmas, Rome for New Years....recommendations??

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Hello!!

My family of four (two teen sons) will be in Italy over the holidays AND would LOVE some recommendations....

Christmas eve and day in Venice, staying in San Marco near la Fenice.
No idea for eve...would like good local cuisine. Price? Not 100 euro per head, 50+ is ok, excluding wine. I do see some hotels (Hotel Carlton) have special menus at 75pp. IF the food is good, that could work. Any other ideas?

New Years eve and day in Rome, staying in Pantheon area. Same parameters as above.

Overall, would love something memorable in atmosphere...something worthy of the special day without breaking the bank!! Rather have big meal on the day, and lighter on the evening.

Thanks for any tips!

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  1. Below are links to two recent posts on Christmas Eve/Day in Venice:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/924072
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/924351
    If any specific questions or place that interest you, place post and hopefully someone can help.