Today American planning met Italian realities.
We purchased, in advance, at a premium, tickets to the Uffizi, the greatest of Florence's many museums. 8:15 was our appointed time. I grumbled a bit, still we got up at "double a quarter to seven" aka 6:30. We arrived promptly on time, only to find that a staff meeting (or perhaps a strike too) meant that the museum would not open till 10:30 and all tickets till that time would enter together. Or rather a line would form for all those scores of ticket holders to wait for over two hours in the hope that the 10:30 promise was kept. After a quick coffee and pastry (why waste the opportunity) we were about number 70 in line, a line that stretched for quite a distance by the time (at 10:30!) when the museum did indeed open.
Worth the wait.