Pollara, between poetry and beauty

Pollara is definitely one of the most fascinating places on the island. It is a small village located on a plateau 30 metres above sea level, and in the middle of a bay that preserves the shape and sinuosity that the sea has carved out over the last tens of thousands of years.

Photo of the Bay of Pollara, on the island of Salina, taken from below. The bay of Pollara is formed by a semi-circular cordon of mountains, which preserve a depression at the bottom. In the foreground, the cliff overlooking the sea, yellow ocher and with horizontal layers. They rest, in the background on triangular-shaped mountains, with valleys carved out by water erosion. In the foreground on the left the other semicircular end of the bay of Pollara.

The rock arch of the Perciato , the Stack in front of the bay and the overhanging cliff of the Falconiera represent the best naturalistic examples offered by the Aeolian archipelago.
Even to the untrained eye, the bay of Pollara is semicircular with sheer sides typical of a volcanic crater. In fact, this place was the scene of the last eruption events in Salina, which were highly explosive and energetic with pyroclastic products found in the other islands of the archipelago and on the northern coast of Sicily.
In the last 30 years, the name of this small village has been inextricably linked to “ Il Postino ”, the final film by Massimo Troisi, who shot some scenes here.

Salina, the green island with twin mountains

Malvasia delle Lipari DOC

The underwater morphological elements of the Aeolian Islands

The 2002-03 eruption

The senses tell The salt lake of Lingua

The stacks of Panarea

The malleability of Vulcano’s mud

Seven islands, dozens of volcanoes

The polis of the living and the necropolis of the dead

Panarea and its history

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

Stromboli, the volcano that breathes

The Aeolian Islands, where volcanology was born

Panarea, where sea and volcanoes become sculptors

The hidden part of the Aeolian Islands

The underwater fumarolic activity of Lisca Bianca

The senses tell The Sciara del Fuoco

The senses tell The Pumice Quarries of Lipari

Tsunamis: a not uncommon phenomenon in Stromboli

Alicudi, where time has stood still

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

The Sciara del Fuoco

“Vulcanian” eruptions

The pure white of the pumice quarries

The Village of Capo Graziano

Volcanoes as a natural art form

The senses tell The summit craters

The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

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

At the heart of trade in history

Lipari at the centre of Mediterranean history

Myths and legends about volcanoes

The senses tell The Village of Capo Graziano

The summit craters

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

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

Pollara, between poetry and beauty

The salt lake of Lingua

Lipari, where history intertwines with volcanoes to create archaeology

Lipari Castle, “fused” with the lava

The ancient production of salt

Filicudi: small island, big history

Filicudi, a submerged paradise

How pumice is formed

The senses tell The Stacks of Panarea

Where do Vulcano’s gases come from?

The Thermal Baths of Saint Calogerus

Vulcano, the youngest of the Aeolian works of art