Rocky myths in the sea of Ulysses (second part)

1985
Gaiola dall'alto

(it follows from the first part)… In the same Phlegraean archipelago of Nisida, there is a “comma” shape island. It was an ancient crater of a volcano that emerged from the sea 40.000 years ago. Nowadays it hosts a natural reserve. It is the island of Vivara, from Latin vivarium “nursery garden”. At few steps form Procida, it is one of the oldest places of Campania Felix for human settlements. The archaeological remains, found in 1930s and dating among the end of XVIII and the beginning of XVII century B.C., confirm the presence of a centre of commerce and of a pole for the manufacture of metals and handmade products since the Bronze Age. [charme-gallery]In the waters of Posillipo, there is the island of Gajola (from Latin cavea “small cave”). A popular legend says that it is cursed, because all of its owners have died. Since 1920s, when Hans Braun was found dead and wrapped in a rug, and shortly afterwards his wife sunk in the sea, until our days, with the owner of Fiat, Gianni Agnelli, who, after being there, saw the death of many of his relatives. Promontory Capo d’Orso, so called because it recalls the head of a bear, is in the fraction of Erchie, in Maiori. According to the historians, here, in 1528, there was a violent naval battle among French and Spanish fleets, who saw the Spanish lose. Here again, on the night of 10th September 1806, landed a couple of dozens of ex-convicted headed by Giuseppe Manzo, hide into the mountains, and started a guerrilla against the French troops for the Bourbon kings. There are also a cave with the remains of an ancient fresco e and the remains of a circular tower dating back to 1530.[charme-gallery]

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