With smaller dimensions, this group of islands belong to Positano municipality and perfectly mirror the beauty of the whole area. The archipelago is just a few kilometers south the Sorrento Coast, formed by 3 islands (Gallo Lungo, La Rotonda and Dei Briganti) part of the Protected Marine Area of “Punta Campanella”.
It is a mix of history, mythology and a place of mysterious beauty, stil unpolluted. Gallo lungo is the biggest island and it is the only one which has been inhabited by the Romans. It has an elongated shape extending for 400 meters.
Curiosity: Li Galli is identified as the place where mermaids used to live and enchant the sailors, making them shipwreck against the rocks. Mythology tells of two ships that could escape this sad faith: Ulysses’ coming back from the Trojan War and the one of the Argonauts.
In the Odissea by Omero, Ulysses wanted to hear the mermaids singing and followed the wizard Circe and got tied to the mast of the ship, after torturing with wax the ears of his sailors: he could then be enraptured by the mermaids’ chant while the ship continued the navigation.
The Argonauts, instead, faced themselves thanks to Orpheus great musical performance: he was so magical playing the lyre, that mermaids turned into stone because of the humiliation endured.
A very suggestive place really worth the visit!