Catherine and I spent Spring Break (15-23 March) 2003 in Venice, Italy. Many people have expressed jealousy over this, as if we'd done something unattainable. Read Frommer's "Budget Travel" magazine, or visit http://www.go-today.com/. The trip cost us (airfare and hotel included) $900 each. Go yourself. Travel is something you have to decide to do, and it does cost money: but think about that $900. If you would rather spend it on a set of golf clubs, that's your choice (but not mine). I drive a used sedan rather than a new sports car, another choice to save money for travel (and other things).
A few notes when reading this site: a "Campanile" is a church bell tower. One euro was roughly one U.S. dollar at the time. And Venice is an island in the middle of a lagoon on the Adriatic.