DATE August 3rd 1928
This morning was free so everybody went shopping and at lunch everybody was displaying their wares. I am saving my money for Florence. After lunch we went to Lido & went swimming in the Adriatic. I left at 11.55 for Florence so as to get there ahead of time to buy things for the bunch.
DID YOU KNOW?
The lire was the official currency of Italy from 1861 until 1 January 1999. In 1926, Silver five and 10 lire coins were introduced in 1926, while silver 20 lire coins were added in 1927, the same year that the lira was pegged to the US dolllar at a rate of 1 dollar = 19 lire under Mussolini’s controversial Quota 90. This rate lasted until 1934, with a tourist rate being established in 1936. This five lire coin dates from 1928.
[sic] Although Vincent misspells words in his journal, we have kept them as he wrote them.