What a joke. It was a ZOO of tourists. It was November, and everyone local commented on how crowded it was. The historic flooding was just in abatement by November 1-2 but yet it was terribly crowded. Not all it's cracked up to be. I heard there are pigeons everywhere in summer, but all we saw was tourists running around. All the shops on the arcades, overpriced. The line long to get in to the basilica - we skipped it. Took a few pictures and 'ran away'.