This morning we travelled by coach to Pompei. We met our guide and were introduced to the tragedy of the eruption of Vesuvius. We saw how the town was covered in 20ft of ash- suffocating all its victims who lived at the time in a matter of days. Most people perished within the first 24 hours. We learnt about the excavation of Pompei and how archaeologists inserted deep holes (to create air pockets) to pour plaster to 're-create' an image of what life was like during this time. Everyone was intrigued by the plastered victims- unknowing to the devastating effects of mount Vesuvius. Our guide informed us that the people, at the time, did not realise what to expect and when the cloud of ash was released from Vesuvius it was too late for those people to escape. Even the sea was not an option, as a Tsunami had also hit Pompei at the time. We learnt that Vesuvius's eruption drastically changed the landscape of pomepi- the 'cone' of Vesuvius turning into two seperate peaks and the ocean now at a much greater distance than previously. We were shocked to learn that the last eruption took place in 1944- so Vesuvius is most certainly not completely dormant.
After our tour we enjoyed our 3rd ice cream of the week- chocolate and vanilla. Josh Green unexpectantly spotted the famous James Bond- Pierce Bronon! Unfortunately Mr Mitchell didn't catch up with him to take a photo.
We then took the coach to the train station in Naples to catch our 4 hour journey to Regio. Incidently our link school in Scotalnd- Lockerbie- were on the same train.
We have now settled into our lovely hotel in Regio and are preparing for our next Italian meal