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If you are not satisfied with the usual beaches and are in love with Sicily, discover the Aeolian Islands. The Aeolian Islands archipelago is part of the 55 Italian sites included by UNESCO in the World Heritage List under the section of natural heritage.
The Aeolian islands belong to Messina and there are a total of seven: Lipari, Panarea, Vulcano, Stromboli, Salina, Alicudi and Filicudi. In addition to these main islands, there are a number of islets and rocks that emerge from a clear, blue sea. The unspoiled and wild nature of this archipelago includes two active volcanoes, Stromboli and Vulcano, which are coveted tourist destinations. The name of the Aeolian Islands derives from the god Aeolus, god of wind in ancient Greek.
Discover the Aeolian Islands, Lipari and Panarea
The largest island is Lipari, where you can visit the Archaeological Museum (in the Castle), the Greek acropolis and the Cathedral of Norman origin. Don’t miss the coves of Fico, the beaches of Vinci, Capo Rosso, Valle Muria and Punta della Castagna.
Panarea, on the other hand, is the smallest and least elevated island of the Aeolian Islands but is also the oldest, with characteristic underwater eruptive phenomena and nightlife. It forms a small archipelago with the islets of Spinazzola, Basiluzzo, Lisca Bianca, Dattilo, Bottaro, Lisca Nera, and the rocks of Panarelli and Formiche. The tourist landing place is located in the district of San Pietro.
Vulcano and Stromboli, the tourist destinations of excellence
According to Greek mythology, Vulcan was home to the forges of Hephaestus, god of fire and blacksmith. On this island you can observe phenomena of volcanic origin: underwater and ridge steam jets, fumaroles and sulfur mud.
On the island Stromboli is the most active volcano in Europe. There are frequent and spectacular eruptions to admire from the Navy Observatory at Punta Labronzo. If you happen upon Stromboli at the best time, you can witness the lava flow that descends to the sea known as Sciara del Fuoco. On this island, don’t forget to visit the village of San Vincenzo with its small, white houses and the Strombolicchio rock born from one of the oldest volcanic eruptions in the Aeolian Islands.
Salina, Alicudi and Filicudi
By extent, Salina is the second largest island in the Aeolian Islands with the highest elevations. The Fossa delle Felci is a spectacular forest overhanging wonderful beaches. Salina was the set of the film “Il Postino” by Massimo Troisi.
In the westernmost area of the archipelago, we find Alicudi and Filicudi with wild environments, lush seabeds and craters of extinct volcanoes. The must-see stops in Filicudi are Faraglione La Canna, Grotta del Bue and Scoglio della Fortuna.
The most pristine and wildest island remains Alicudi where cars are absolutely forbidden: here you can admire the Scoglio della Galera.
Which island do you choose? Pack your bags and have a good trip!
Excursions to the Aeolian Islands
You can choose mini motorboat cruises or boat trips to organize your excursions to the Aeolian Islands. The archipelago of the seven Unesco World Heritage-listed pearls of the southern Mediterranean cannot be explored by halves. Lipari, Stromboli, Vulcano, Panarea, Salina, Alicudi and Filicudi. Either all of them or none of them. To reach these beautiful volcanic islands you can start from Milazzo, Tropea or Vibo Marina. The indescribable colors of the sea, alternating caves and coves, picturesque villages and unspoiled, wild places, the sight of lava flows and blazing craters await you. An unforgettable 80-kilometer tour along the eastern coast of Sicily.