Nestled among the Amalfi Coast just four miles from Capri, lies a group of small islands called the isles li Galli or the Sirenusas. Made up of 3 main islands, Gallo Lungo, La Castelluccia, and La Rotonda and a smaller fourth island, these islands are found in the mythology of the past. Once said to be home to a number of enchanter sirens or mermaids, the story says that many sailors found themselves distracted by these sirens only to sink to the bottom of the sea. Perhaps the most famous of these legends is that told by Odysseus long ago when he spoke of being lured to the islands. No matter whether it was the weather, the poor location of the islands or the sirens, the fact remains that these stretch of water has been notoriously dangerous throughout history and a number of wrecks can be found here still today.
For many years, these islands drew many actors, poets, painters and even dancers and throughout this time, a number of villas were built. These villas, particularly on Gallo Lungo , were passed from owner to owner over time until today. Now, the Li Galli Islands are no longer home to rich and famous but are part of the Marine Protected Area of Punta Campenella and welcome tourists from around the world to their waters.
About Natural Marine Reserve of Punta Campanella
Encompassing around 4.3 square miles of land and about 25 miles of coastline, this popular natural marine reserve is managed by the towns of Sorrento, Positano and other neighboring communities. Home to stunning Italian beaches and marine life, this area enjoys protection from development and more in some areas. Named to protect the coastline and the habitat of the area, most are open for diving, sport fishing, swimming and of course, sunbathing. Perhaps the most popular area activities are snorkeling and diving thanks to its clear water and its many shipwrecks and underwater structures which attract a wide variety of animals and fish to the area.
The Li Galli Islands are considered a popular destination for travelers visiting the city of Positano. Located just off the coast, the islands are a great day escape from the bustle of this swanky Mediterranean hotspot.
Positano itself is popular throughout the summer season and welcomes thousands for its stunning coastal views, posh way of life and rich history. Once a Roman settlement, Positano has long been a destination for rich and famous. Ruins of this period still found throughout the region help tell the story of those who once lived here.
Whether visiting for the day or for the week, this destination is surely one which will inspire and enthrall you. Get out, explore and be inspired when you travel with Island Trader Vacations reviews.