Filicudi

Filicudi, a submerged paradise

Though the fifth largest island in the Aeolian archipelago, Filicudi is only partly inhabited. Despite its small size, the villages on the coast of Filicudi are dominated by an imposing volcanic structure , now inactive, 774 metres above sea level.

However, the base of the structure starts from around 1600 metres below sea level, making Filicudi an imposing volcano of around 2300 metres.
The coasts of the island are quite varied, from the level beaches of Capo Graziano to the marvellous coasts overhanging the sea, and the north-western coast, where the rock of “La Canna”, 71 metres tall, faces the natural arch of the “Perciato” and the wide “Grotta del Bue Marino” (Grotto of the Sea Oxen). The ancient name of Filicudi was Phoenicusa, from the ferns that grow abundantly throughout the island. The island has been inhabited since the 3rd millennium BC, as shown by excavations in the peninsula of Capo Graziano.
Even during the Greek and Roman rule, Filicudi was an important junction of the oil and wine trade, and the abundant underwater findings of wrecks with their commercial loads are proof of this.
At one time the island was cultivated with great difficulty by its inhabitants, and this is still witnessed today by the fact that the whole island is terraced with dry stone walls.

Volcanoes as a natural art form

Malvasia delle Lipari DOC

The Thermal Baths of Saint Calogerus

Stories of the sea and shipwrecks. The wrecks of the Aeolian Islands

The Aeolian Islands, where volcanology was born

Lipari Castle, “fused” with the lava

The stacks of Panarea

The 2002-03 eruption

Between brush strokes of sulphur and clouds of steam: the fumaroles of the port of Vulcano

The Gran Cratere of the Fossa: when the volcano becomes a sculptor

Panarea and its history

The senses tell The summit craters

Panarea, where sea and volcanoes become sculptors

The senses tell The Sciara del Fuoco

The summit craters

“Strombolian” activity in the place where its definition was born

The senses tell The Stacks of Panarea

The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

Seven islands, dozens of volcanoes

The underwater fumarolic activity of Lisca Bianca

The ancient production of salt

Filicudi, a submerged paradise

Salina, the green island with twin mountains

The polis of the living and the necropolis of the dead

Lipari, where history intertwines with volcanoes to create archaeology

The senses tell The Pumice Quarries of Lipari

The Sciara del Fuoco

How pumice is formed

Alicudi, where time has stood still

The hidden part of the Aeolian Islands

Myths and legends about volcanoes

The salt lake of Lingua

Vulcano, the youngest of the Aeolian works of art

The Village of Capo Graziano

Stromboli, the volcano that breathes

The Cathedral of Lipari and the Norman Cloister of the Benedictine Monastery

The malleability of Vulcano’s mud

The senses tell The salt lake of Lingua

Tsunamis: a not uncommon phenomenon in Stromboli

“Vulcanian” eruptions

Where do Vulcano’s gases come from?

Filicudi: small island, big history

At the heart of trade in history

Lipari at the centre of Mediterranean history

Pollara, between poetry and beauty

The underwater morphological elements of the Aeolian Islands

The senses tell The Village of Capo Graziano

The pure white of the pumice quarries