The ash was 28 feet deep in many places. While bodies rotted away under the ash, the ash created a hard shell around the body. They knew a body was there because the bones were there, they injected cement into the cavities and got a cast of the body. Some of these I’m told are touring around the country.
Trump was visiting the next day so we were lucky to get in and out easily. That afternoon I walked the 6 blocks to cross the river into the downtown.
And walked for about 5 hours looking at all the beautiful fountains, shops and ruins. What a beautiful city.
Just two short blocks from our hotel was the Castel St Angelo, built in 124AD. While it doesn't look like much from the outside the museum it holds is fabulous, there is a restaurant on the top, and a brick walkway between it and the Vatican in case a Pope was deemed in danger, he would have a quick way to get to its safety.