THE AEOLIAN ISLANDS
No destination can offer you the scenarios they can. The seven Aeolian islands originate from volcanoes. The oldest ones are Alicudi and Filicudi and they are about one million years old; the youngest ones, Vulcano and Stromboli, are still active volcanoes. Sailing Aeolian islands is a wonderful experience and you feel you are in the place where the strength of elements shaped earth and rocks during the millennia, leaving this kind of enchanting seven gems to the mankind. They are all different. You can choose either the “sparkling” Panarea or the “primitive” Alicudi. You can just choose how your holidays have to be! So, enjoy an unforgettable sailing holiday for discovering your preferred island in depth and its boundless beauty.
It’s the first island you meet arriving from Reggio Calabria. The old Hierà (holy place), once kingdom of the wind God named Eolo, is separated from Lipari, the closest island, by a one mile ship canal. Its typical scent of sulphur and “fumarole”, its black sand, its bubbling water sea and its natural mud baths, make Vulcano a sort of “beauty farm” under the blue sky. So unique and particular, it has a population of about 470 inhabitants called “vulcanari”.
It is the largest and most populous of the seven islands, characterized by its hills and its pumice stone beaches which give the sea a crystal clear and charming colour. Reach of little stores, services and leisure places, it is the island where there is the town hall of the whole archipelagos, except Salina. There are about 9,000 inhabitants (called “liparesi” or “liparoti”) in the many hamlets of this island.
It’s the island loved by the famous characters of the world-wide jet-set who spend their holiday in the enchanting villas hidden in the middle of hibiscus and characterized by the “pulere”. Spending a night in one of its exclusive and fashionable places, or doing a shopping promenade in its charming little streets after a day spent anchoring on board of your boat in “Lisca Bianca” or in “Basiluzzo” is an experience each person has to do at least one time in his lifetime!
It is one of the largest islands with many inhabited centres rich in vegetation. It is also very famous because it was chosen as location for the shooting of a famous Massimo Troisi’s Italian movie called “Il postino” (The postman). Here, it’s still possible to find the traces of an ancient volcanic archipelago activity; an important example is the enchanting Pollara beach, a real sea amphitheatre originated from the ruins of an old big crater.
It has a typical volcano shape, and the spectacle it offers is unique. At night, sailing in front of Stromboli, you can see the so-called “Sciara di fuoco” characterized by the free fall of fire lapillus in the sea; this “fire show” is simply breathtaking. A sight worth seeing!
Beautiful island! In the past it was called Phenicusa that means reach of brackens. It’s oval-shape and in the south-east side it extends to Capo Graziano headland, a little peninsula linked to the main Filicudi part by a part of land. The inhabitants (called “Filicudari”) are scattered in the three main parts of the island: Filicudi Porto, Valle Chiesa and Pecorini a Mare. There you can also find the very important and characteristic 85-metre rock, the so-called “La canna”, which rises in the middle of the sea. Its landscape and its breathtaking sunset seen from “Punta Stimpagnato” are also wonderful… what a mystical experience!
A real hermitage of calm and peace… the only means of transport you can find there is a mule! In the past it was called Ericusa because it is reach of heathers in each part of its promenades. Its 140 inhabitants live there, fishing and working the land, in the only centre of the island, near the harbour. It is mainly formed by the extinct volcano of Montagnola, dating back about 150,000 years ago.
Fonte: Comune di Lipari
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