Want to own your very own slice of paradise? Well, now you can… if you’ve got the cash, of course!
The islands of Li Galli, along with the luxury Villa Tre Ville Estate which is set among them, have been listed for sale on JamesList.com for €195 million.
The islands of Li Galli consist of three small islands called Gallo Lungo, Rotonda and Castelletto.
According to Greek legend, the sea surrounding the islands is where the sirens tempted Ulysses on his way back home.
The three islands stood as a point of reference for sailors, but around them there are sea currents and whirlpools which caused the sailors’ boats to crash on the islands, supposedly victims of the sirens.
Ulysses, however, did not die because Circe the witch warned him of the danger. Another legend goes that the sirens were transformed when they tried to catch Ulysses, but failed and died.
Since 1131, the islands have been known as Gallo. In 1225, Federico II gave them to the parish of Positano, calling them tre sirenas que dicitur gallus, or three sirens called gallus, hence their name today: Li Galli.
Il Gallo Lungo is the largest of the islands, and was the only one which had been inhabited since Roman times.
In the following centuries, the ruins were used by the Saracens to start their incursions on the main land.
In 1924, American choreographer Leonide Massine had a villa built on those ruins, which the architect Le Corbusier later made even more charming.
The more recent owners of the Islands were Russian Ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, who bought them and remained their owner until his death in 1994, and a wealthy Italian family from Sorrento, Italy, who acquired them after Nureyev’s death.
The Islands have remained in private hands for more than 95 years. Some of its most famous guests include Greta Garbo, Princess Margaret of England, Roberto Rossellini, Ingrid Bergman, Anna Magnani, Sofia Loren, Jacqueline Kennedy, Onassis and Franco Zeffirelli.
But these majestic islands in the Mediterranean are not all you get for your €195 million’s worth.
The sale also includes the Villa Tre Ville estate, perched on the shores of Positano.
Villa Tre Ville started off as a luxury rental property in July 2010, offering guests the chance to brush shoulders with the ghosts of celebrities past and present like Leonard Bernstein, Laurence Olivier, Maria Callas and Elizabeth Taylor.
“It sounds like a legend, doesn’t it?,” said Italy’s most celebrated opera and film director, Franco Zeffirelli, as he recalled the guests who had passed through his retreat on the Amalfi coast.
Its present owner, Li Galli, a prominent businessman from the region, acquired the estate from Mr Zeffirelli.
Li Galli spent years of painstaking historic renovation costing over €30 million, using the principles of construction and architecture from 100 years ago, to transform the estate into what has become Positano’s most luxurious residence.
The estate comes complete with two state-of-the-art elevators connecting through the mountain down to the sea, and presently has a hotel licence and the ability to be rented out at a cost of €30,000-€40,000 per night.
The property includes: 19 luxurious suites with en suite bathrooms; four salons; 1500 square metres of terraces; over 2900 square metres of living areas; two kitchens; three salt water pools; a large garden complete with spices, vegetables and fruit; spa area; helipad; boat launch and 30-foot antique wooden tender; 17 staff; and complete furnishings, down to the silver spoons.
So what are you waiting for? If you’ve got €195 million lying around, check out the listing and nab your own slice of paradise… and don’t forget to invite us over!View Comments