Thought we would take a short break in Florence prior to me starting my new job with Domino Printing Sciences. Florence is lovely nd we enjoyed the visit very much. I know that the Italian economy is in trouble but I was quite amazed at how money grabbing the government has become. One of the big earners must be tourism, and I would therefore expect that the tourist economy be encourage. I was amazed therefore when we checked out of our hotel to be presented with a bill for something called a city tax! This smacks of the old and dicredited socialist ideas. Their economy needs tourists, so they penalise tourists when they visit their cities! How will this grow their tourism industry? I can only assume that Berlusconi is lossing what few marbles he may once have had.