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.