The senses tell The Gran Cratere of the Fossa

Breathtaking view of nature

The Gran Cratere of the Fossa is a vantage point where you can stop, sit and admire the majesty of nature, which in the Aeolian Islands has manifested itself with seven islands and numerous cliffs.
So with a single glance, you can see (from right to left towards Lipari) Stromboli and its plumes of black smoke, Panarea Basiluzzo and the other cliffs in front, Lipari with its diverse morphologies and colours and Salina’s twin mountains, Filicudi and Alicudi.
And on days with good visibility you will also be able to observe the magnificence of Mount Etna, which stands out above the Peloritani Mountains, on the north Sicilian coast.

The power of silence

If you are lucky you might find very few people at the top of the Gran Cratere of the Fossa; if not, look for a rock to sit on alone and enjoy the silence. You will hear only the wind, which is unavoidable in the Aeolian Islands, and the gases coming out of the fumaroles, nothing else.

The heat of the volcano

As with the port of Vulcano, you can feel the warmth rising from the ground even at the top of the crater. Just sink your hands lightly into the volcanic sand and you will feel how, regardless of the season, there is a slight warmth. But be careful not to touch the fumaroles, the temperatures there are over 100 °C

The smell of Vulcano gf

The smell of fumaroles is certainly not pleasant, but it is characteristic and typical of Vulcano. Its intensity changes both with the changing seasons and with the volcano’s activity.
After a particularly rainy period, the smell is not very intense, as there is more rainwater, which has filtered to the depths and evaporated.
In the final years of the 20th century there were times when the magma moved in the depths, which happens naturally, and this increased the amount of magmatic gas in the fumaroles, causing the smell of rotten egg given by the sulphur in the gases to increase immeasurably.

The senses tell The Gran Cratere of the Fossa

Lipari, where history intertwines with volcanoes to create archaeology

The senses tell the Lipari Castle

Lipari at the centre of Mediterranean history

The senses tell The summit craters

Stromboli, the volcano that breathes

The fumaroles of the port of Vulcano

Panarea, the island of Stacks

The senses tell Alicudi

The Sciara del Fuoco

The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

Alicudi, where time has stood still

Vulcano, the most famous volcano in the world

Lipari Castle, “fused” with lava

The senses tell the port of Vulcano

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

The senses tell The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

Myths and legends about volcanoes

The senses tell The Stacks of Panarea

The Stacks of Panarea

The salt lake of Lingua

Salina, the green island with twin mountains

The ancient production of salt

The pure white of the pumice quarries

Seven islands, dozens of volcanoes

Seven islands with different faces

Filicudi, a submerged paradise

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

Filicudi: small island, big history

Pollara, between poetry and beauty

The summit craters


The Aeolian Islands, where volcanoes were first studied

The Village of Capo Graziano

At the heart of trade in history

The polis of the living and the necropolis of the dead

Where do Vulcano’s gases come from?

The Gran Cratere of the Fossa

The malleability of Vulcano’s mud

The hidden part of the Aeolian Islands