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.

The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

Lipari Castle, “fused” with lava

The senses tell Alicudi

The Sciara del Fuoco

The malleability of Vulcano’s mud

Myths and legends about volcanoes

The pure white of the pumice quarries

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

The senses tell the Lipari Castle

The senses tell the port of Vulcano

Seven islands with different faces

The salt lake of Lingua

The summit craters

The ancient production of salt

The senses tell The Gran Cratere of the Fossa

Panarea, the island of Stacks

The Village of Capo Graziano

The senses tell The Stacks of Panarea

Where do Vulcano’s gases come from?

The senses tell The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

Filicudi: small island, big history

Wine, oil and capers, masterpieces of nature and launching pad of the Aeolian economy


Lipari at the centre of Mediterranean history

The Aeolian Islands, where volcanoes were first studied

Filicudi, a submerged paradise

Alicudi, where time has stood still

Pollara, between poetry and beauty

Lipari, where history intertwines with volcanoes to create archaeology

Vulcano, the most famous volcano in the world

The Stacks of Panarea

Salina, the green island with twin mountains

At the heart of trade in history

The fumaroles of the port of Vulcano

The senses tell The summit craters

The Gran Cratere of the Fossa

Seven islands, dozens of volcanoes

The hidden part of the Aeolian Islands

The polis of the living and the necropolis of the dead

Stromboli, the volcano that breathes