Filicudi

Filicudi: small island, big history

The first populations have been present in Filicudi, as well as in the other six islands, since the Upper Neolithic Age around 5000 years ago. The fairly recent excavations carried out at Capo Graziano have brought to light around twenty oval-shaped huts, some of them with a “herringbone” structure, located on a promontory on the western side of the mountain at around 100 metres above sea level. These buildings were built in this way to better defend themselves from the frequent attacks and violent raids suffered by the island. Finally, on the highest point of Capo Graziano is the sacrificial altar of these ancient peoples.
Beyond the emerged part, Capo Graziano preserves thousands of years of history in its seabed, creating an underwater museum accessible only to the most experienced divers with an advanced licence. There are nine wreckages lying in the bottom of Capo Graziano due to the shallow waters here. There are several routes that allow divers and fans of culture to admire the wonders of the seabed. You can descend to a maximum depth of 45 metres, where wreck A can be admired, from the Greek age, dating back to around 2100 years ago. From the same point, you can see wreck G, still almost entirely covered up and dating back 2500 years.
Beyond the wrecks, on the seabed of Capo Graziano, you can admire numerous amphorae , pottery and objects. Part of these archaeological finds is kept in Filicudi’s Museum of Bernabò Brea, divided into five exhibition areas, located in Filicudi Porto in a characteristic Aeolian house.

The Stacks of Panarea

Vulcano, the most famous volcano in the world

The senses tell The Gran Cratere of the Fossa

The hidden part of the Aeolian Islands

Lipari Castle, “fused” with lava

Volcanoes

The ancient production of salt

The senses tell Alicudi

The Gran Cratere of the Fossa

The malleability of Vulcano’s mud

Panarea, the island of Stacks

The senses tell The Stacks of Panarea

Seven islands with different faces

The senses tell the port of Vulcano

The Village of Capo Graziano

The Aeolian Islands, where volcanoes were first studied

Lipari, where history intertwines with volcanoes to create archaeology

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

Lipari at the centre of Mediterranean history

At the heart of trade in history

Filicudi, a submerged paradise

Myths and legends about volcanoes

The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

The senses tell The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

Seven islands, dozens of volcanoes

The summit craters

The senses tell The summit craters

The pure white of the pumice quarries

The salt lake of Lingua

Stromboli, the volcano that breathes

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

The senses tell the Lipari Castle

The polis of the living and the necropolis of the dead

Pollara, between poetry and beauty

The Sciara del Fuoco

Alicudi, where time has stood still

The fumaroles of the port of Vulcano

Where do Vulcano’s gases come from?

Salina, the green island with twin mountains

Filicudi: small island, big history