ITALY’S MERMAID BATTLE: NAPLES VS. VENTOTENE by Silvia Marchetti

In ancient times, sailors once lashed themselves to their masts to avoid being lured to death by seductive mermaids known as sirens. Today, on the sun-kissed western shores of Italy, mermaids are once again stirring up trouble as two rival destinations battle it out to lure tourists with claims of being home to the mythological fishy creatures. In one corner is Naples, with a glittering gulf that stretches to the Sorrento Peninsula. In the other is Ventotene, a tiny volcanic isle far out in the Tyrrhenian Sea west of Naples.

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