Italy: Pompeii

Tonight’s the night, folks: the first of two concerts, back in Pompeii for the first time in 45 years.

David received a particularly warm welcome upon his return, being made an honorary citizen by Mayor Ferdinando Uliano in a ceremony yesterday.

The Anfiteatro di Pompei is the earliest known permanent stone amphitheatre, built around 70-80 BC and 150 years older than the Colosseum, buried when the ancient town was obliterated in all of 48 hours following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

Perhaps it needs no further introduction to Pink Floyd fans than this (lovers of history, Mary Beard, leading authority on the Roman era, can teach you so much about the tragic people of Pompeii and Herculaneum), and anyway, we’d much rather wait to hear your thoughts at the concert’s end both tonight and tomorrow, so please tell us all about it. Spare us no detail, we want to know everything.

However, I suggest you keep an eye on Polly’s Instagram for more photos throughout the tour. If you are following, you might have already noticed David swotting up with one of Mary Beard’s books.

Have a magical time in those ancient ruins, everybody lucky enough to be there for what promises to be very special indeed. Please also take a moment to remember Syd on the tenth anniversary of his passing.

A reminder that the concert in Verona on Sunday will start at 22:00, not 21:00. Gates open at 20:00. There is no change to Monday’s start time, which is 21:00, with gates opening at 19:00.