|Dense forests harbor wild boar.|
|Free bathing at roadside spring at Caronte.|
This time we stayed in the area for a few days to decompress and explore. Our first stop is always the quiet train station mensa to eat, then La Mimosa on the Caronte mountain just outside town. La Mimosa's rooms are modest but everything works, the staff are accommodating and the food a favorite with locals including the police.
|La Mimosa hotel, ristorante & pizzeria.|
The spa's symbol is Caronte (or Charon) himself, the boatman of Greek myth who ferries the dead across the Styx. There are free spots to soak alongside the road just opposite the spa and here, near the source, it is easy to imagine Charon poling his way across the Hades-hot, underground river.
|Unofficial soaking spot closer to the source.|
Between Calabria and Sicily. Between a rock and a hard place. The Straits of Messina have an ancient myth of their own but that's a tale for my next post.
|Scilla, Calabria, with the Straits and Sicily beyond.|