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.

Lipari Castle, “fused” with the lava

The Aeolian Islands, where volcanology was born

Pollara, between poetry and beauty

Volcanoes as a natural art form

The salt lake of Lingua

Seven islands, dozens of volcanoes

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

The senses tell The salt lake of Lingua

The malleability of Vulcano’s mud

The senses tell The Village of Capo Graziano

Filicudi, a submerged paradise

Filicudi: small island, big history

The underwater morphological elements of the Aeolian Islands

“Vulcanian” eruptions

Alicudi, where time has stood still

The Village of Capo Graziano

The hidden part of the Aeolian Islands

The Sciara del Fuoco

Vulcano, the youngest of the Aeolian works of art

Salina, the green island with twin mountains

Lipari at the centre of Mediterranean history

Panarea, where sea and volcanoes become sculptors

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

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

The senses tell The Pumice Quarries of Lipari

The pure white of the pumice quarries

The senses tell The summit craters

The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

The senses tell The Stacks of Panarea

Lipari, where history intertwines with volcanoes to create archaeology

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

How pumice is formed

The Thermal Baths of Saint Calogerus

Myths and legends about volcanoes

The 2002-03 eruption

Malvasia delle Lipari DOC

Where do Vulcano’s gases come from?

The ancient production of salt

The polis of the living and the necropolis of the dead

The summit craters

The stacks of Panarea

Panarea and its history

The underwater fumarolic activity of Lisca Bianca

Stromboli, the volcano that breathes

Tsunamis: a not uncommon phenomenon in Stromboli

The senses tell The Sciara del Fuoco

At the heart of trade in history

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