The Aeolian Islands

The Aeolian Islands are one of the 54 Italian sites included by UNESCO in the World Heritage List in the section on the natural heritage.
The archipelago of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily is made up of seven splendid islands - Lipari, Panarea, Vulcano, Stromboli, Salina, Alicudi and Filicudi - and by some islets and cliffs emerging from a blue and limpid sea.
The archipelago, characterized by a wild and uncontaminated nature, also includes two active volcanoes, Stromboli and Vulcano, destination of tens of thousands of tourists every year. The main settlement is represented by the municipality of Lipari. All belong to the province of Messina.


It is the largest island: its municipality collects all the islands except that of Salina. Interesting the Archaeological Museum, located in the Castle of Lipari, which stands in a wide bay on the east coast, between the two inlets of Marina Lunga, and Marina Corta, still today the best landings. The Greek acropolis and the Cathedral of Norman origin are also splendid. Finally, do not miss a boat ride to admire beautiful coves, like that of the Fico, and the beaches of Vinci, Valle Muria, Punta della Castagna and Capo Rosso.


It is the smallest and least elevated island of the Aeolian Islands (421 meters its highest point, the Timpone del Corvo), but the oldest of all and attracts many tourists for the uncontaminated coasts, underwater eruptive phenomena and nightlife . The island forms a tiny archipelago together with the islets of Basiluzzo, Spinazzola, Lisca Bianca, Dattilo, Bottaro, Lisca Nera (of which only a few remains are left), the rocks of the Panarelli and the Formiche. The tourist port is in the district of San Pietro, with characteristic houses, shops and shops.


Stromboli is home to the most active of European volcanoes, with spectacular and frequent eruptions that can also be seen from the Observatory of the Navy, in Punta Labronzo. With a little 'luck you can witness the Sciara del Fuoco: the lava flow that descends to the sea. To visit are the village of San Vincenzo where boats moor, with its characteristic white houses; the village of Ginostra perched on the rock and reachable only by a mule track; the rock of the Strombolicchio, surmounted by a large lighthouse and born of one of the oldest volcanic eruptions of the Aeolian Islands.

Alicudi and Filicudi

The westernmost islands of the archipelago, Alicudi and Filicudi are characterized by craters of extinct volcanoes, with fabulous wild environments and lush undersea sea beds. Filicudi can admire: the Faraglione La Canna (about 85 meters high), the Scoglio della Fortuna and the spectacular Grotta del Bue. The silent Alicudi (car traffic is forbidden), is the most "wild" island and you can discover incredible Mediterranean-like scenery, like the Scoglio della Galera.


The second island by extension and with the highest reliefs of the archipelago houses a beautiful forest of ferns (the Fossa delle Felci), overlooking beautiful beaches like that of Pollara. Salina is also famous for being the set of the film "Il Postino" by Massimo Troisi and for the renowned local granita.


According to Greek mythology in Vulcano were found the forges of Hephaestus, god of fire and blacksmith. On the island you can observe phenomena of volcanic origin: fumaroles, jets of steam both on the ridge and submarines, and sulphurous mud with appreciated therapeutic properties.