Alicudi

The senses tell Alicudi

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The sea merging with the sky b

Alicudi’s geographical position and its distance from the coast mean that as you climb the steps of the only lane that leads from the sea to the top of Monte dell’Arpa, you lose the magnitude of the sea. Even halfway up the coast, looking towards the infinite, it will seem like the blue of the sea has mixed with the blue of the sky, leaving no clearly defined horizon in front of you.

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Heather b

Alicudi’s name comes from Ereikousa, related to Erica (heather). You need only go just beyond the main roads to find lots of them. Find one and get lost in the intense scent they give off, especially after sunset.

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The flying squid of Alicudi b

Though the community of Alicudi now lives off of tourism, by renting out the few houses, a small part of the population is still devoted to fishing.
And the fresh fish you will eat here is something else entirely. If you are in Alicudi during the summer, buy freshly caught squid from the local fishermen: they are incredibly soft on the palate and full of the taste of the sea.

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Silence alicudi b

The silence in Alicudi is absolutely dominant, even along the only lane that goes from the sea to the top of Monte dell’Arpa. If you want to immerse yourself in absolute silence, interrupted only by the singing of the summer cicadas, head for the top of the mountain.

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The night-time warmth of the steps b

Like all the other islands of the archipelago, Alicudi is not intensely (or even averagely) urbanised. This means that in the evening the heat is never insufferable, due to the ground breeze cooling down the summer heat.
Sometimes, this light wind can become too much. If so, stop along the lava rock steps to feel the heat they release in the evening, after accumulating it for an entire day

The salt lake of Lingua

The 2002-03 eruption

The senses tell The summit craters

The Sciara del Fuoco

The stacks of Panarea

The Village of Capo Graziano

Panarea and its history

The senses tell The salt lake of Lingua

At the heart of trade in history

Pollara, between poetry and beauty

Filicudi: small island, big history

The polis of the living and the necropolis of the dead

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The senses tell The Stacks of Panarea

Alicudi, where time has stood still

The senses tell The Pumice Quarries of Lipari

The ancient production of salt

The senses tell The Village of Capo Graziano

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

Vulcano, the youngest of the Aeolian works of art

Myths and legends about volcanoes

How pumice is formed

The senses tell The Sciara del Fuoco

The underwater morphological elements of the Aeolian Islands

Lipari Castle, “fused” with the lava

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

Salina, the green island with twin mountains

Stromboli, the volcano that breathes

Lipari, where history intertwines with volcanoes to create archaeology

Lipari at the centre of Mediterranean history

Seven islands, dozens of volcanoes

The hidden part of the Aeolian Islands

The underwater fumarolic activity of Lisca Bianca

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

Filicudi, a submerged paradise

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

Tsunamis: a not uncommon phenomenon in Stromboli

Where do Vulcano’s gases come from?

Panarea, where sea and volcanoes become sculptors

The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

“Vulcanian” eruptions

The malleability of Vulcano’s mud

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

The Aeolian Islands, where volcanology was born

The summit craters

The Thermal Baths of Saint Calogerus

Volcanoes as a natural art form

The pure white of the pumice quarries