Aeolian Islands...

The archipelago of the Aeolian Islands is one of 47 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Italy and consists of seven magnificent islands off the coast of Sicily - Lipari, Panarea, Vulcano, Stromboli, Salina, Alicudi and Filicudi – and many smaller islets and giant boulders. These islands emerge from the sea, created by still-active volcanoes (Stromboli and Vulcano), and blessed with rugged beauty.
The volcanic Aeolian Islands can be accessed by passenger ferry from Milazzo, Palermo, Cefalu’ and Messina (Sicily) and Reggio Calabria and Naples. A car ferry is available from Milazzo and Naples.

  • Lipari is the largest Aeolian island. Must see places include the Archaeological Museum inside Lipari Castle standing  on the island’s eastern bay in between its docks, Marina Lunga and Marina Corta, a Greek acropolis and a Norman cathedral. Don’t miss a boatride of the island’s coasts, admiring its splendid inlets (Fico is particularly pretty) and the beaches of Vinci, Valle Muria, Punta della Castagna and Capo Rosso.
  • Panarea is the smallest and lowest of the Aeolians but it is also the oldest, attracting visitors for its clean water, underwater volcanic vents and nightlife.Together with the tiny islands of Basiluzzo, Spinazzola, Lisca Bianca, Dattilo, Bottaro, Lisca Nera (of which little still remains) and the boulders of Panarelli and Formiche, Panarea forms its own minuscule archipelago. The port is at the San Pietro crossroads, where visitors can take in characteristic homes, bottegas and shops. 
ccording to Greek mythology, Vulcano was the location of the blacksmiths of Hephaestus, the god of fire, metal work and the fine arts. ?It is possible to observe numerous volcanic phenomenons here, from smoke clouds, vapour spouts (at the volcano’s mouth and under the sea) and sulphuric mud holes known for their therapeutic properties.

romboli? - the most active volcano in Europe boasting frequent, spectacular eruptions.?Lucky visitors might get to see the Sciara del Fuoco, the lava flow that runs down into the sea. ?Places to visit include San Vincenzo, the medieval borgo surrounded by typical white house-boats; the isolated fishing village of Ginostra that clings to Stromboli’s rocky side and only accessible via animal trails; and the Strombolicchio, a giant boulder topped by a large lighthouse. 
  • Salina is the second-largest island is also the home of a beautiful wooded area of ferns (la Fossa delle Felci), located on jagged cliffs above the island’s gorgeous beaches (Pollara being one of the most notable). Don’t miss a visit to the house where the beloved “Il Postino” (starring Massimo Troisi) was filmed, and be sure to taste the renowned granita, a local crushed-ice treat.  

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