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Li Galli: photos, description (Li Galli)

Li Galli, known also as Le SIRENUSE, is a small island archipelago located off the coast of the Amalfi coast between Capri and 6 km South-West of Positano. The name of SIRENUSE comes from the mythological sirens, who according to legend in ancient times lived on Islands. The archipelago consists of three main Islands, Gallo Lungo, having the form of a Crescent, La Castelluccia, also known as Gallo dei Briganti, and a substantially circular La Rotonda. Closer to the coast is the fourth island of the Claim, and, finally, between Li Galli and Iscoe lies the rocky outcrop of the Winds.

They say that in ancient times, the Galli lived siren, the most famous of which was Parthenope, Nicosia and Ligeia. One of them played the lyre, another a flute and the third was singing. In the 1st century BC, they were mentioned by the Greek geographer Strabo. In ancient times, sirens were described as creatures that had the bodies of birds and heads of women, and in the Middle ages they turned into mermaids. By the way, the modern name of the archipelago of Li Galli - has a relation to avian forms of the bodies of the sirens because it means "chicken".

On the main island of the archipelago of Gallo Lungo, once a convent and later a prison. During the reign of Charles II of Naples in the late 13 th - early 14-th centuries the Amalfi coast are very often subjected to pirate attacks. For hazard warning Charles ordered to build a watchtower in the ruins of ancient Roman buildings on Gallo Lungo. But since the money Karl had, it was not enough, he accepted the offer of a Pasquale Celentano of Positano, who gave money for construction in exchange for a promise that he would be appointed caretaker of the fortress. Tower, now called Aragon, was built in about 1312, the year. It housed a garrison of four soldiers. For centuries the position of superintendent of the tower passed from hand to hand, while with the formation of the Kingdom of Italy responsible for buildings on Gallo Lungo is not transferred to the municipality of Positano. And in 1919, the year the island saw Leonid Massine, Russian choreographer and dancer who three years later bought it and started to turn into a private residence. The first thing Massine restored Aragonese tower and made it an Inn with a dance Studio and outdoor theatre. Unfortunately, this theater was later destroyed during a storm. Also Massine, with the help of designer Le Corbusier was built on Gallo Lungo Villa of the bedrooms which had a wonderful view of Positano. Here was a huge terraced gardens overlooking the Cape of Punta Licosa and Capri.

After the death myasina island in 1988 year acquired another Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev, who spent the last years of his life. He re-furnished the Villa in the Moorish style and has decorated the interiors with tiles from Seville. After the death of Nureyev in 1996, the year the island was purchased by Giovanni Rossi, the proprietor of Sorrento, who turned the Villa into a hotel.

As for the other Islands of the Claim, that at the time it was bought by the writer from Naples by Eduardo de Filippo. Today the island is owned by his son. To Claim there is a cute Villa and the garden, facing the cliffs.