ByKarly Rayner, writer at Creators.co
Editor/Senior staff writer | Movie Pilot's celebrity savant.
Karly Rayner

If you're looking for an idyllic holiday location, avoid Isola La Gaiola like the plague if you ever want to come home again.

This idyllic Island off the coast of Italy might be stunningly beautiful, but there's a dark reason why it is totally abandoned.

Isola La Gaiola is NOT recommended as a holiday location
Isola La Gaiola is NOT recommended as a holiday location

This island is widely believed to be cursed and most of its former owners have met terrible fates.

It is so notorious that, despite its obvious real estate value, the once lavish villa on the island has been abandoned for decades.

The enormous villa is totally abandoned
The enormous villa is totally abandoned

The series of early and untimely deaths began in the 1920s, when the then owner, Hans Braun, was found murdered. Then, his wife drowned in the sea surrounding the islands.

Looks like trouble is brewing...
Looks like trouble is brewing...

The next one brave enough to take on the villa was a German named Otto Grunback, who died of a heart attack while on the island. Another owner committed suicide. Next, a German steel industrialist, Baron Karl Paul Langheim, ended up in total economic ruin shortly after his purchase.

Not even the view could persuade anyone to live here
Not even the view could persuade anyone to live here

The island has also belonged to Gianni Agnelli, the head of Fiat, whose only son committed suicide. After getting over this family tragedy, Gianni began training his nephew Umberto Agnelli to eventually run Fiat. However, Umberto died of a rare cancer aged just 33.

Another owner, the multi-billionaire Paul Getty, had his grandson kidnapped just after buying the island. The island’s last owner, Gianpasquale Grappone, was unceremoniously hurled in jail when his insurance company failed.

It might be cursed, but it's savagely beautiful
It might be cursed, but it's savagely beautiful

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(Source: Huffington Post)