The senses tell The summit craters

One hundred 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.

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.

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!

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.

Lipari at the centre of Mediterranean history

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

The Gran Cratere of the Fossa

The senses tell Alicudi

The Village of Capo Graziano

The senses tell The Stacks of Panarea

Lipari Castle, “fused” with lava

The pure white of the pumice quarries

The fumaroles of the port of Vulcano

Alicudi, where time has stood still

The Sciara del Fuoco

The senses tell the Lipari Castle

The malleability of Vulcano’s mud

The senses tell the port of Vulcano

Filicudi, a submerged paradise

The polis of the living and the necropolis of the dead

Stromboli, the volcano that breathes

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

Filicudi: small island, big history


The salt lake of Lingua

Lipari, where history intertwines with volcanoes to create archaeology

The Aeolian Islands, where volcanoes were first studied

The senses tell The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

Myths and legends about volcanoes

Seven islands with different faces

Pollara, between poetry and beauty

The summit craters

The hidden part of the Aeolian Islands

The Stacks of Panarea

The senses tell The summit craters

The senses tell The Gran Cratere of the Fossa

Seven islands, dozens of volcanoes

Salina, the green island with twin mountains

At the heart of trade in history

Vulcano, the most famous volcano in the world

The ancient production of salt

The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

Where do Vulcano’s gases come from?

Panarea, the island of Stacks