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

Volcanoes as a natural art form

The Village of Capo Graziano

Seven islands, dozens of volcanoes

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

The senses tell The Sciara del Fuoco

The senses tell The Village of Capo Graziano

The senses tell The Stacks of Panarea

The malleability of Vulcano’s mud

Myths and legends about volcanoes

At the heart of trade in history

Where do Vulcano’s gases come from?

Panarea, where sea and volcanoes become sculptors

The 2002-03 eruption

The senses tell The salt lake of Lingua

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

Lipari at the centre of Mediterranean history

The underwater fumarolic activity of Lisca Bianca

Lipari Castle, “fused” with the lava

The pure white of the pumice quarries

The Sciara del Fuoco

Salina, the green island with twin mountains

Filicudi, a submerged paradise

Lipari, where history intertwines with volcanoes to create archaeology

Malvasia delle Lipari DOC

The Aeolian Islands, where volcanology was born

The ancient production of salt

The senses tell The summit craters

The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

The senses tell The Pumice Quarries of Lipari

How pumice is formed

The underwater morphological elements of the Aeolian Islands

Filicudi: small island, big history

The polis of the living and the necropolis of the dead

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

Stromboli, the volcano that breathes

Tsunamis: a not uncommon phenomenon in Stromboli

Panarea and its history

The Thermal Baths of Saint Calogerus

Alicudi, where time has stood still

The salt lake of Lingua

Vulcano, the youngest of the Aeolian works of art

The summit craters

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

“Vulcanian” eruptions

Pollara, between poetry and beauty

The hidden part of the Aeolian Islands

The stacks of Panarea

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