Seven islands with different faces

introduction to the route

The proposed educational path rediscovers the beauty of the Aeolian Islands through an uncommon point of view, namely that of the magnificence of the peculiarities of each island.
We then retraced the places that made the islands of Vulcano, Lipari, Salina, Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea and Stromboli famous, but looking at them from another point of view, in order to identify even those places full of magic yet to be discovered.
The Aeolian Islands are known throughout the world because they represent a real volcanological heritage for all of humanity. It is in fact one of the very few cases in the world in which volcanic activity, combined with the erosive action of the wind and the sea, has created islands with very different faces and colors, so much so that in 2000 they were included in the World Heritage UNESCO List. Not surprisingly, the Aeolian Islands are the place where volcanology was born, understood as the science of observing volcanoes. Even before Magna Graecia, which brought the Aeolian Islands to its splendor, the “natural lighthouse” represented by the continuous eruptions of the island of Stromboli was known throughout the Mediterranean.
The leitmotif of the route is to rediscover the peculiarity of each island, from a geological and volcanological point of view, to tell the long presence of man in the archipelago and how it has also led to uses, customs and traditions different from a island to another.
We will then pass from the smell of sulfur and the continuous hydrothermal activity of Vulcano, the only island where there are livestock and pastoralism, to the imperious history of Lipari, the hub of trade in the Mediterranean for several centuries and which has always boasted its own cultural independence. The naturalistic beauties of Salina, already praised since Homer’s Odyssey, will merge with the knowledge of the cultivation of the caper and malvasìa.
The still original and wild flavor of Filicudi and Alicudi, on the other hand, is the opposite of the small island of Panarea, to be considered as an architectural jewel.
Finally, Stromboli, the only island in the world where you can observe continuous eruptions from a terrace located above the crater. Therefore, the emotions and suggestions addressed to visitors can be numerous and strong.


Lipari at the centre of Mediterranean history

Where do Vulcano’s gases come from?

The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

The Sciara del Fuoco

The fumaroles of the port of Vulcano

The hidden part of the Aeolian Islands

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

Filicudi: small island, big history

Lipari, where history intertwines with volcanoes to create archaeology

The salt lake of Lingua

Salina, the green island with twin mountains

Panarea, the island of Stacks

Seven islands, dozens of volcanoes

The senses tell Alicudi

Stromboli, the volcano that breathes

At the heart of trade in history

Alicudi, where time has stood still

The summit craters

The Stacks of Panarea

The pure white of the pumice quarries

The senses tell The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

Vulcano, the most famous volcano in the world

Myths and legends about volcanoes

The senses tell The summit craters

The malleability of Vulcano’s mud

The senses tell The Stacks of Panarea

Lipari Castle, “fused” with lava

Pollara, between poetry and beauty

The senses tell the Lipari Castle

The senses tell The Gran Cratere of the Fossa

The polis of the living and the necropolis of the dead

The ancient production of salt

The Aeolian Islands, where volcanoes were first studied

Seven islands with different faces

Filicudi, a submerged paradise

The Gran Cratere of the Fossa

The Village of Capo Graziano

The senses tell the port of Vulcano

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