Well Pompeii was everything I'd hoped for & more. What an amazing record of times gone by frozen by a volcano in the 1st century AD. Although not rediscovered til the 18th century, unfortunately early archaeologists either wrecked or took away much that was found for reasons of ignorance or conquest eg marble slabs. In spite of this Pompeii is like a puzzle that has been 3/5 put back together as there is still a large part remaining hidden underground due to lack of funding to excavate & more recent buildings above. Our guide Darius, apart from being cute, possessed a wealth of knowledge about Pompeii as he possessed a degree in archaeology. From there we moved on to Sorrento, our base for the next 3 nights, La Favourito Hotel, in a great spot overlooking the Mediterranean. Today we went by minibus to Positano, a very beautiful spot bordering the Amalfi Coast. This area reminds us of the Cinque Terra but much grander. Both wonderful in different ways. We shared dinner last night with some other Australians & an English couple, most enjoyable. Also great to see this morning that Sam Stosur had won the US Open overnight.