The senses tell The summit craters

100 shades of orange

Watching the explosions from Stromboli’s summit craters is highly hypnotic and addictive. Try to concentrate on the colours of the lava emitted in the form of scraps. Right at the point of emission it has a very intense yellow colour, nearing white. This yellow then gradually gets darker until it turns orange, then red when the lapilli are a little further away from the mouth of the volcano. This is an effect of the gradual lowering of the lava temperature as it moves away from its point of emission.

Volcano gases

This is the prevalent smell at the Pizzo sopra la Fossa. It is not a rotten egg smell like Vulcano, but something more pungent, and could irritate the nose and throat. Be sensible and wear a mask, and you will smell it distinctly as you embark on your return journey.

The meal of heroes

On top of Stromboli you certainly do not have time for dinner, absorbed as you are by the explosions. Having said that, the real explosion will be of taste once back in the village of Stromboli, at around 22:30-23:00, when you enjoy a wonderful pizza in one of the many pizzerias that await the descent of the “heroes” from the top.

A heated seat

As soon as you reach the Pizzo sopra la Fossa, the first thing to do is sit down, in order to be comfortable and avoid the wind as much as possible, since it is always windy at the top.
You will not believe what you feel: in every season of the year the ground is hot, and even very hot if you try sinking your hand a little. Then again, you are only 100 metres from the crater of one of the most active volcanoes in the world!

Volcano puffs

Listen to the puffs of the craters and try to distinguish them from one another: each one has its own voice, just like different organ pipes.

The Village of Capo Graziano

The ancient production of salt

Stromboli, the volcano that breathes

Salina, the green island with twin mountains

The malleability of Vulcano’s mud

The Aeolian Islands, where volcanology was born

The underwater fumarolic activity of Lisca Bianca

Seven islands, dozens of volcanoes

Lipari at the centre of Mediterranean history

The senses tell The Pumice Quarries of Lipari

The underwater morphological elements of the Aeolian Islands

At the heart of trade in history

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

Lipari, where history intertwines with volcanoes to create archaeology

The hidden part of the Aeolian Islands

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

Where do Vulcano’s gases come from?

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

Panarea and its history

The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

The senses tell The salt lake of Lingua

Pollara, between poetry and beauty

The senses tell The Stacks of Panarea

“Vulcanian” eruptions

Volcanoes as a natural art form

Vulcano, the youngest of the Aeolian works of art

The Thermal Baths of Saint Calogerus

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

The senses tell The summit craters

The senses tell The Village of Capo Graziano

The Sciara del Fuoco

Malvasia delle Lipari DOC

The senses tell The Sciara del Fuoco

Tsunamis: a not uncommon phenomenon in Stromboli

The 2002-03 eruption

The salt lake of Lingua

Filicudi, a submerged paradise

Myths and legends about volcanoes

How pumice is formed

Lipari Castle, “fused” with the lava

The stacks of Panarea

Panarea, where sea and volcanoes become sculptors

The summit craters

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

Alicudi, where time has stood still

The pure white of the pumice quarries

The polis of the living and the necropolis of the dead

Filicudi: small island, big history