The context

The Aeolian Islands, where volcanoes were first studied

The Aeolian Islands are formed of seven volcanic islands and are located in the South Tyrrhenian Sea, opposite the coasts of Sicily and Calabria.
Cartina geografica Isole EolieTheir volcanic origin, but above all the continuous activity of some islands, visible even from the mainland, make them a unique place where we can admire new “Earth” that is created with different shapes and colours.
The Aeolian Islands were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Australia in 2000, for their volcanological and geological interest. In fact, these islands are where volcanology was born.
To grasp the extent of the Aeolian Islands’ importance, we need only consider that one of its islands, Vulcano, gave its name to all the volcanoes in the world. In volcanology, two of the main eruption types , “Strombolian” and “Vulcanian”, took their name from Vulcano and Stromboli because these islands are the best place to observe the two types of eruptions.
Though formed by volcanoes, the Aeolian Islands are all different from one another. In fact, the magma has created many combinations of colours, shapes and objects, making each island unique.

Vulcano, the most famous volcano in the world

Panarea, the island of Stacks

The Gran Cratere of the Fossa

The malleability of Vulcano’s mud

Where do Vulcano’s gases come from?

The senses tell The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

Filicudi: small island, big history

Filicudi, a submerged paradise

The senses tell the port of Vulcano

The Sciara del Fuoco

Lipari, where history intertwines with volcanoes to create archaeology

The polis of the living and the necropolis of the dead

The senses tell The Gran Cratere of the Fossa

The Village of Capo Graziano

Stromboli, the volcano that breathes

The Aeolian Islands, where volcanoes were first studied

Myths and legends about volcanoes

Salina, the green island with twin mountains

The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

Pollara, between poetry and beauty

The senses tell The summit craters

Seven islands with different faces

The salt lake of Lingua

The summit craters

The Stacks of Panarea

The senses tell The Stacks of Panarea

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

At the heart of trade in history

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

The senses tell the Lipari Castle

The pure white of the pumice quarries

The ancient production of salt

The fumaroles of the port of Vulcano

Lipari Castle, “fused” with lava

Lipari at the centre of Mediterranean history

The hidden part of the Aeolian Islands

The senses tell Alicudi

Seven islands, dozens of volcanoes


Alicudi, where time has stood still