Vulcano

“Vulcanian” eruptions

A vulcanian eruption is an explosive type of eruption, emitting lava fragments into the atmosphere which do not take on a round shape during flight, as they are too viscous or already partially solidified.


The typical shape is therefore that of a rugby ball. These eruptions have moderate energy, when compared, for example, to Plinian eruptions, and they erupt a large amount of ash, bread-crust bombs and blocks.
Quite viscous magma is usually involved, which makes it difficult for gases to escape except under high pressure, causing the explosion. The name derives from the island of Vulcano, and is universally recognised and used in volcanology.

Seven islands, dozens of volcanoes

The Sciara del Fuoco

“Vulcanian” eruptions

Stromboli, the volcano that breathes

The ancient production of salt

The senses tell The Pumice Quarries of Lipari

Malvasia delle Lipari DOC

Volcanoes as a natural art form

The senses tell The summit craters

The senses tell The salt lake of Lingua

Lipari, where history intertwines with volcanoes to create archaeology

The Thermal Baths of Saint Calogerus

The senses tell The Village of Capo Graziano

How pumice is formed

The hidden part of the Aeolian Islands

The 2002-03 eruption

Vulcano, the youngest of the Aeolian works of art

Filicudi, a submerged paradise

The senses tell The Stacks of Panarea

Where do Vulcano’s gases come from?

The pure white of the pumice quarries

Alicudi, where time has stood still

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

Lipari at the centre of Mediterranean history

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

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

The senses tell The Sciara del Fuoco

Salina, the green island with twin mountains

Panarea and its history

The salt lake of Lingua

Pollara, between poetry and beauty

The Village of Capo Graziano

The stacks of Panarea

At the heart of trade in history

Panarea, where sea and volcanoes become sculptors

The underwater morphological elements of the Aeolian Islands

Filicudi: small island, big history

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

Myths and legends about volcanoes

The summit craters

Lipari Castle, “fused” with the lava

The underwater fumarolic activity of Lisca Bianca

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

The Aeolian Islands, where volcanology was born

Tsunamis: a not uncommon phenomenon in Stromboli

The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

The polis of the living and the necropolis of the dead

The malleability of Vulcano’s mud