Filicudi

The Village of Capo Graziano

The village was brought to light thanks to excavations between 1952 and 1969 in a large plateau at 100 metres above sea level. The reason for this position probably derives from defensive needs that led the population to move from the village of Filo Braccio to Capo Graziano.
The village extends not only on the plateau but also on higher levels and consists of 27 oval-shaped huts leaning against one another. The dimensions vary from 3 to 6 metres in diameter. They were erected with dry-stone walls 50-60 cm wide on which the wooden structure and the roof were then placed. Many huts have their own characteristics, also linked to their use. The floor level was generally lowered and the rooms were like basements.
In the southern part of the village the pre-existing huts were rebuilt or their structures modified, for the creation of new lodgings, destined to welcome Sicilian people but of Milazzese culture. In this new cultural phase the villages were built in sheltered positions and equipped with defensive systems on every Aeolian island except Vulcano.
According to some archaeologists the great quantity of Aegean pottery fragments found would demonstrate the role played by the island of Filicudi and the other islands in the trade of that period. After a phase of decline in the previous Copper Age, they became emporia of the Mediterranean trade, perhaps “the last stop reached by the navigation of the Aegean people who traded the refined products of their art and industry with the raw materials that the Aeolian ships had brought from distant shores”.

Myths and legends about volcanoes

The malleability of Vulcano’s mud

The fumaroles of the port of Vulcano

The Gran Cratere of the Fossa

The Sciara del Fuoco

The hidden part of the Aeolian Islands

Filicudi, a submerged paradise

Filicudi: small island, big history

The Aeolian Islands, where volcanoes were first studied

The senses tell The Gran Cratere of the Fossa

The summit craters

Alicudi, where time has stood still

The senses tell Alicudi

Where do Vulcano’s gases come from?

Salina, the green island with twin mountains

The pure white of the pumice quarries

The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

The senses tell the port of Vulcano

Lipari Castle, “fused” with lava

Vulcano, the most famous volcano in the world

Seven islands, dozens of volcanoes

Stromboli, the volcano that breathes

The Village of Capo Graziano

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

Volcanoes

Lipari at the centre of Mediterranean history

At the heart of trade in history

The polis of the living and the necropolis of the dead

Seven islands with different faces

The senses tell The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

The salt lake of Lingua

The Stacks of Panarea

The senses tell The summit craters

The senses tell The Stacks of Panarea

Pollara, between poetry and beauty

Panarea, the island of Stacks

The senses tell the Lipari Castle

Lipari, where history intertwines with volcanoes to create archaeology

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

The ancient production of salt