Gaiola Island, Naples, Italy
Gaiola Island is one of the small islands of Naples at Italy which is located in the Gulf of Naples in the heart of Gaiola Underwater Park. It is a protected area of about 42 hectares. The island consists of two striking and peaceful islets. It is placed on the southern border of Posillipo and very close to the coastline about 30 meters far. The island is simple to reach. While one of the islets has a lonely villa, the other is unpopulated. A small bridge links the two islets, which are unconnected by just a few meters. The bridge is very thin and looks like a natural arch attaching the two islets.
The island gets its name from the cavities that spot the coast of Posillipo, invented from the Latin cavea, “little cave”, and then through the parlance “Caviola”. Firstly, the little island was known as Euplea, guard of secure navigation, and was the place of a small temple devoted to Venus. There are also some other ruins from the period of the Romans. In fact, below the islets in the water are quite a few Roman formations that are now the residence of marine creatures. Some think that the poet Virgil, stared as a magician, taught here at the ruins.