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  Positano Hotel Eden Roc Positano

The Eden Roc Suites Hotel is aptly named, for you will surely feel you have discovered Eden as you...

  Positano Hotel Pasitea

Located on the characteristic “rock of Positano” the Best Western Hotel Pasitea is a perfect exa...

  Positano Tramonto D'Oro (Praiano)

In The Heart of the World-wide celebrated Amalfi Coast, the Hotel Tramonto D'Oro, literally "Golden ...

  Positano Villa Gabrisa

Hotel in Positano located in a fabulous residential section of Positano, Villa Gabrisa is only a 10 ...

  Positano Casa Albertina

To climb heavenwards it is also possible to use the steps: those of the mythical ''Scalinatella" whi...

  Positano Hotel Montemare

The Montemare was founded 52 years ago by "Papà Vito", known as "O’ Capitano", a man who truly lo...

  Positano Hotel Royal Prisco

Newly built, it offers you all the hospitality and the courtesy typical of Positano. Between the sea...

  Positano Hotel Reginella

Hotel Reginella is a typical local building situated in the heart of Positano. The hotel is surround...

  Positano La Rosa dei Venti di Positano

Harmonious and enchanting Positano, the pearl of the Amalfi coast, you can find a comfortable and el...

  Positano Pensione Il Canneto

The residence is located by the main road of Positano, probably at the most peaceful part of Amalfi ...

  Positano Villa Holiday in Positano

The Holiday Villa in Positano is one of the most desirable location for your dream holiday in Amalfi...

  Positano Villa Flavio Gioia

Villa Flavio Gioia is a luxury residence, property of the Cinque family, result a just renovated old...

  Positano Alcione Residence Positano

An ideal position in the breathtaking town of Positano, Residence Alcione is located across the stre...

  Positano La Rosa dei Venti

La Rosa dei Venti of Positano is a wonderfull residence situated in the oldest part of Positano the ...

  Positano Villa degli dei

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history of Li Galli

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 In the 20th century the small islands of Li Galli in Positano, have come back to the centre of public attention as a result of the famous owners who bought them and, for long periods, lived there.

The first of these was the famous choreographer and dancer Leonide Massine, followed by the unforgettable Eduardo De Filippo and, finally, by another famous Russian dancer: Rudolf Nurejev.

So after many years of solitude, these magical islands have again returned to the very centre of the legends of Positano.

However, more famous than these illustrious people, were the first inhabitants of these islands:  the mermaids.

According to legend, this archipelago of small islands including Li Galli” in Positano (they that have many different names : il Gallo lungo, la Rotonda, l’ Isola dei Briganti, l’ Isola di San Pietro, la Castelluccia, Vetara, Galluzzo, l’ Isca),  offered refuge to Partenope, Leucosia and Ligia (the three mermaids who were for some half woman half fish and for  others half woman half birds).

So it is not surprising that Li Galli were also called Le Sirenuse and with such fame, these islands of Positano, have always been legendary – to such an extent that a famous Roman nobleman, most probably a courtesan of Tiberio, decided to emulate his emperor and bought a villa on an island smaller than Capri : Il Gallo Lungo.

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In the middle ages, Li Galli grew in fame and first hosted a monastery and then a prison. During the Angioni period its strategic position became more and more evident and guard towers were constructed.
Today these small islands of Positano are part of the marine park of Punta della Campanella.

The rocks of Li Galli are amongst the most panoramic in positano.   They are privately owned and not accessible and this is probably the reason why  the  famous Blue lizards, which almost died out, are still found here as well as in other nearby places like i Faraglioni of Capri and at Punta della Campanella.

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