DOBEDOO – Gaiola, a fairy and fabulous natural scenery where a small island rises. In ancient time it was called “Euplea”, protector of safe navigation, and safe haven. The origins are very old. It is estimated that it dates back to Roman times and was inhabited by Publio Pollione, a rich Roman knight. Because of his ruthless fame, according to rumors a curse hovered around the islet. Indeed, terrible was the fate of those who lived in that manor after him:
in the 20′ the house belonged to the Swiss Hans Braun and his wife: Braun was mysteriously found dead and shortly afterwards, his wife drowned in the sea;
the tragic fate of the tenants continued with the German Otto Grunback, who died of a heart attack;
later, the island belonged to Gianni Agnelli, who faced the death of many family members;
then it passed to Paul Getty, whose nephew was kidnapped by the ‘Ndrangheta during those years;
lastly Gianpasquale Grappone, involved in the bankruptcy of his insurance company in 1978.
Today the whole island is owned by the Campania Region. From the suggestive free beach, after crossing some stairs, you can enter into the protected marine area of the Submarine Park of Gaiola, where from the sand you pass to a less soft and more rocky scenery.