- One owner found murdered, wrapped in a blanket in the villa.
- The murdered man's wife was found drowned in the sea.
- Another owner died of a heart attack on the island.
- One man was driven mad and died in an insane asylum after living there.
- An industrialist lost his fortune while living on the island.
- The owner of Fiat lost his only son to suicide.
- After being groomed to take over Fiat, the former head's nephew also died--of a rare cancer at age 33.
- After buying the island, Paul Getty's grandson was kidnapped.
- The last owner's company failed and he was thrown in jail
- As recently as 2009, two other people were found murdered just opposite the shore of the islands.
For for SCUBA divers and and snorkelers alike, Gaiola is a wonderful haven. They are a part of the Gaiola Underwater park, a 100 acre marine preserve meant to protect the diverse marine ecosystem here as well as ancient underwater Roman ruins. Underwater ruins are scattered around the crystal clear waters. Some of the marine creatures here are found nowhere else on Earth. Consider the excitement of snorkeling among the underwater ruins of an ancient Roman temple.
Gaiola was originally known to the Romans as Euplea, which was the protector of safe navigation, and was home to a temple erected to honor the goddess Venus. Other Roman ruins are also found here... just under the surface of the sea are the ruins of an ancient Roman harbor. If you look at Gaiola from space via Google Earth, you can easily see the outlines of ancient structures. There is also a legend that claims the poet and wizard, Virgil, taught his students on the island. Perhaps their incantations and poetry can still be felt and heard in the crashing of the waves and sounds of the winds...