THE “CURSE” IN THE GULF OF NAPLES
In the Gulf of Naples sits an archipelago of beautiful islands punctuating the coastal scenery. There are the famous islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida, and the much less well-known island of Gaiola.
Gaiola is just a few metres off the coast of Naples, so close that you can swim to it. The two islets are connected by a bridge, only home to an abandoned house enshrouded in a strange atmosphere. Locals say the place is cursed.
Gaiola once defended the city before being occupied in the 19th century by a hermit known as “The Wizard”. It’s also been home to numerous residents who met tragic fates. Take Swiss man Hans Braun, whose body was found wrapped in a rug and his wife, who allegedly drowned. German man Otto Grunback, the next person to live on the island, reportedly died of a heart attack. Coincidence? The head of Fiat, Gianni Agnelli, lost several people close to him when he owned the island. American billionaire Paul Getty suffered his grandson being kidnapped and Gianpasquale Grappone, the last person to hold the island, ended up in prison.
Maybe it’s not a good idea to set up a home in Gaiola! At least, that’s what the Neapolitans think. Nevertheless, it’s lovely to snorkel and admire the marine life surrounding the island, which is sure to provide a beautiful display. You can see ancient buildings hidden under the water and a vast array of sea life.