Welcome to Li Galli, as pictured in House and Garden in August of 1992. The island, and it’s imposing home, have a long and rich history.
The island is one of three off the Italian coast that are the basis of the sirens myth from Homer’s Odyssey.
The castle-like structure was built in the twelfth century. But even in ’92, she’d had a little work done. By Le Corbusier. In the twenties the island was owned by Leonid Massine who was a choreographer for the Ballets Russes.
By chance, Rudolph Nureyev heard the family was looking for a new owner. He took a look. “I could see myself on it.” Well, yes, why not?
The house did not have water when he bought it; he installed a pump. Per the siren myth, it’s a little tricky to get to in choppy water. Apparently, it works out better if you have a helicopter.
Nureyev noted that there is not a lot to do here.
I saw Rudoph Nureyev in the Rome airport in 1980. He was exactly the age I am now. And totally gorgeous. He had a large scarf, something like a pashmina, wrapped over his shoulders. My guess is, even in the toughest circumstances, he didn’t have trouble filling his time.
Rudoph Nureyev, 1938 – 1983. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia. All other photos, David Seidner.