We have been in Florence since Monday and I've never seen so many people in all the times I've been here, is it usually this crazy at this time of year. Have all the Italians taken an extra day after the public holiday and made a long weekend of it in Florence, when will all the hoards of school groups that have haunted us from Assisi to Florence go home ??? I was shocked to see the line up to Santa Maria Novella streach out half way into the pizza. We are here for 2 more weeks and is it misguided of me to think it will improve ??