Gaiola is one of the minor islands of Naples, Italy, situates offshore of Posillipo, and gives its name to the underwater Park of Gaiola, a protected marine area. The island consists of two stunning and serene islets and a very easy to reach. One of the islets has a solitary villa and the other one is uninhabited and both are connected by a small bridge, very narrow and which looks like a natural arch. It is probably the landmark of the islets as many pictures of the place circled the internet for years. Originally the island was known as Euplea, protector of safe navigation and it was the site of a temple dedicated to Venus. The islands are resting upon ancient Roman ruins which now serve as home to marine creatures.
But where does the idea of the island being cursed come from? In the early 19th century the island was inhabited by a hermit known as “the wizard” and soon after the island saw the construction of the villa that occupies it today and which was once owned by Norman Douglas, author of the Land of the Siren. The superstition as to why the island is cursed came from the locals because of the frequent premature death of the owners. The series of misfortunes started in the 1920s when owner, Hans Braun, was found murdered and wrapped in a rug; short after his wife drowned in the sea. The next owners met the same fate, some died of heart attack, others died of cancer and others went bankrupt. Today the villa is abandoned and uninhabited but for those of you who are interested in visiting this supposedly “cursed” site, there are a few hotels situated only a few minutes away