The train ride was quite nice from Florence. We came into S.Maria station and I quickly disembarked and waded into the teeming sea of tourists. I made my way to my hotel and was disappointed that the room that I requested was unavailable due to some recent construction. The upside was that they upgraded me to a double executive suite. And boy is it suite! I will take some photos later but suffice to say that it is mahogany floor to ceiling with a marble bathroom. Quite decadent!

My friend Stefan came to meet me at St. Marks and we went for a pizza and a beer. It’s his birthday tomorrow so we are going to hang out and eat a good meal. We chatted for a while and then took a walk. The Aqua Alta was already beginning and, with a full moon and the rain, the prediction is for a few feet of water over night!