Thursday – it must be …

… time for a rest. After two days out and about, Thursday we are going to go nowhere.

It’s a day to spend with the girls so what better time to write about something that’s right on our doorstep but often gets taken for granted. Off the coast of Positano are a group of 3 small islands collectively known as Li Galli. They are visible from pretty much anywhere in Positano – including our front verandah.

The archipelago consists of three small islands, 1.5 miles off the coast and today, all three of the islands—Gallo Lungo, La Castelluccia, and La Rotonda—are part of a protected marine national preserve. In Greek mythology the islands were the home of the sirens – creatures that were half bird and half woman who lured passing sailors to their deaths. There is some truth in this myth as the area surrounding the islands is known for strong currents which have led to the demise of many ships.

In the middle ages the islands hosted a monastery and then a prison. During the Angioni period its strategic position became more evident and a defensive tower was built on one of the islands to defend against attacks.

The first modern construction on the island was a large villa and secondary building, built in the 1930s by the Russian choreographer and dancer Leonid Massine. That property later passed to another Russian dancer Rudolf Nuryev, who apparently wanted to set up a dance academy on the premises, an idea that did not come to fruition.

Over the years visitors to the islands have included Greta Garbo, Sophia Loren, Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis, and Ingrid Bergman.

Following Nuryev’s death in 1993 the property has been sold a number of times. It is now a commercial venture and the villa, which has been recently renovated and includes 19 suites and 3 swimming pools can be rented. For up to $US55,000 a night.

Li Galli are currently for sale – for €195 million.

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