Past Italia: Scilla

Overlooking the Strait of Messina, Scilla is a holiday haven, with a terrible story to tell…

Now, don’t let it go spoiling your holiday, because this story isn’t true, but when Odysseus sailed through the Strait of Messina he faced a twin threat: on this side of the water, the Scylla, a sea monster who plucked sailors from their ships and hauled them up to its mountain lair, to be devoured; on the other side, Charybdis, manifested as a whirlpool that sucked entire ships to a watery doom.

Sail safely far from one, and you entered the clutches of the other. On which side of the water would you have set your course?