Just a quick note to say that we are now in Florence. We arrived in Milan last night to discover that our Hotel was in the middle of a huge midsummer festival, and the whole city was alive with 400 events, including two bands and a fairground right outside our window. Well, if you cant beat them, join them, so we had a good nozy. It was rammed full of people watching loads of acts including a african drumming cum heavy metal gig on the main stage next to the cathedral.
Florence is also good. Our hotel has a swimming pool on the roof with a view of the magnificent Duomo.