Up and at breakfast on time then we piled into our car. We had a few hours of freeway travel to arrive at our destination, Pompeii. The modern town should probably be buried under a volcano, but that wasn't why we were there. We came to see the ancient city that had been buried by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in about 80 a.d. As a result it is so well preserved and gives a great insight as to how the ancient Romans lived. To see pictures still on the walls of homes and shops is just amazing. Even pedestrian crossings were still on the roads and grooves for the chariots. The most moving part though was seeing 13 bodies from the one family in the positions they had died. Leaving their escape too late they had been suffocated by the cloud as it descended on their town. Mothers were reaching out for their children as bodies were twisted in agony. Just an unbelievable thing to see. We stayed for about 4 hours before the long drive back to Rome where we got stuck in a great traffic jam for an hour. We returned the car and I must admit I am pretty happy to not to have to drive with Italians again. They are by far the worst drivers I have ever shared the road with. Nearly every car you see has scratches or dents in it. They know how to build cars, they just can't drive them. We returned back to our campsite where we joined Rowan & Lauren, our South African friends who were leaving the trip tomorrow, for a few drinks. Well ok, it was a lot of drinks. We crawled into bed about 3.30am. With an 8am departure tomorrow, it's really going to hurt.