The context

Seven islands, dozens of volcanoes

One of the main characteristics of the Aeolian archipelago is the enormous difference in colours, morphologies, landscapes and vegetation between one island and another.
The main reason for this is linked to the volcanological history of each island. Only Stromboli, the most recent island to emerge from the sea, has the classic cone shape typical of the collective imagination. The other islands are more irregularly shaped, due to the overlapping of several volcanic centres in time and space. For example, the island of Salina, the second largest in terms of surface area after Lipari, and also known for its twin mountains, was actually formed by the overlapping of at least six main volcanic structures . If we were to count all the volcanic structures above sea level in the Aeolian Islands, we would reach more than 50.

Cartina geografica Isole EolieThis means that the heights reached by each island are also very different. The Fossa delle Felci Mountain on Salina, for example, towers above regular hills to 964 metres, followed by Stromboli with 924 metres, which is continuously increasing thanks to continuous explosions from its crater. The Gran Cratere of La Fossa on Vulcano, with 386 metres of altitude, is the lowest of the Aeolian Islands

The polis of the living and the necropolis of the dead

Myths and legends about volcanoes

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

Where do Vulcano’s gases come from?

Lipari, where history intertwines with volcanoes to create archaeology

The stacks of Panarea

At the heart of trade in history

How pumice is formed

Panarea and its history

The 2002-03 eruption

The senses tell The salt lake of Lingua

The malleability of Vulcano’s mud

The Sciara del Fuoco

Tsunamis: a not uncommon phenomenon in Stromboli

Pollara, between poetry and beauty

The ancient production of salt

The senses tell The Stacks of Panarea

The underwater morphological elements of the Aeolian Islands

The salt lake of Lingua

Salina, the green island with twin mountains

The Thermal Baths of Saint Calogerus

The senses tell The Pumice Quarries of Lipari

The pure white of the pumice quarries

The hidden part of the Aeolian Islands

“Vulcanian” eruptions

Filicudi, a submerged paradise

Volcanoes as a natural art form

The senses tell The Sciara del Fuoco

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

Lipari Castle, “fused” with the lava

Panarea, where sea and volcanoes become sculptors

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

The summit craters

Malvasia delle Lipari DOC

Alicudi, where time has stood still

The Aeolian Islands, where volcanology was born

The senses tell The summit craters

Vulcano, the youngest of the Aeolian works of art

Seven islands, dozens of volcanoes

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

Lipari at the centre of Mediterranean history

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

Stromboli, the volcano that breathes

The underwater fumarolic activity of Lisca Bianca

Filicudi: small island, big history

The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

The Village of Capo Graziano

The senses tell The Village of Capo Graziano