Road rage calmed, next on the agenda, Pompeii, a bustling ancient Roman town that was buried and incinerated during the Mount Vesuvius reruption of 79 AD. The who town was buried in 15+ feet of volcanic ash, preserving it for centuries. We walked into Pompeii, as for the entrance fee to the park we just walked along the side and skipped on in, free of charge. We spent the better part of the hot day wandering through the old city that was buried under volcanic ash almost 2,000 years ago. The tour groups in the hot midday sun were out of control, so many guided groups in every language you could imagine. None of them seemed content to randomly wander the ruins besides us without a guide. The whole time we walked through the park I was vaguely searching for the Antiquarium, where the museum full of the instantly lifeless victims of the blast were supposed to be kept, a snapshot into their life in 79AD right down to the expressions they wore as their bodies were incinerated by the molten debris., it is this that has amazed me about Pompeii for years. It wasn't until the very end of the day when we truly made it our mission to look for this and an extra 40 minute loop because the info desk misled us that we discovered they haven't had the Antiquarium for 10 years and that the 16 castes they do have are scattered throughout the park, what a bust! We camped at the car park of Vesuvius for the night after a short forty minute drive up and around the tight bends with an unbelievable city view of Napoli below us, and the shining stars above.
Beginning our drive near Salerno