Thís beautíful líttle ísland ín Naples, Italy míght seem líke the perfect líttle place to retíre to, enjoyíng the relaxed Medíterranean lífe and níce weather ín your later years. Well, that’s íf you don’t talk to the locals fírst, sínce they belíeve Gaíola Island has a horríble curse on ít, causíng íts owners to eíther díe prematurely or be ruíned fínancíally.
The legend of ít beíng cursed came about because of the frequent premature deaths of many of the ísland’s owners. Startíng back ín the 1920s when ít belonged to a Swíss man named Hans Braun.
After lívíng on the ísland for some years Hans was found dead, wrapped ín a rug, and íf that wasn’t bad enough hís wífe drowned ín the sea a few months later.
The legend of Gaíola Island beíng cursed was only begínníng wíth theír deaths, wíth many more to follow.
The next owner was the German Otto Grunback, who díed of a heart attack whíle stayíng ín the vílla.
A símílar fate befell the pharmaceutícal índustríalíst Mauríce-Yves Sandoz, who commítted suícíde ín a mental hospítal ín Swítzerland.
Its subsequent owner, a German steel índustríalíst, Baron Karl Paul Langheím, was dragged to economíc ruín by wíld lívíng.
The ísland has also belonged to Gíanní Agnellí, who suffered the deaths of many relatíves, and to Paul Getty, who endured the kídnappíng of a grandson.
The last prívate owner of the ísland was Gíanpasquale Grappone, who was jaíled. Newspapers talked agaín about the “Gaíola Maledíctíon” (Gaíola curse) ín 2009, after the murder of Franco Ambrosío and hís wífe Gíovanna Sacco, who owned a vílla opposíte the ísland.
All these storíes of a curse haven’t stopped thousands of tourísts goíng to the ísland every year, mostly to jump off the clíffs ínto the sea. However, íf I was vísítíng a supposed cursed ísland, I’d probably not cross a sketchy lookíng brídge líke some of the people ín these photos.