The Aeolian Isles
The Aeolian Isles
a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as these islands have been at the forefront of
volcanic research over the last two centuries. The islands,
approximately 25 miles from the northern coast of Sicily, are seven in
number and vary in size with Lipari being the largest. The
major islands are Alicudi, Filicudi, Lipari, Panarea, Salina,
Stromboli and Vulcano. In addition, The Aeolian Islands
include five small islets.
Although the Aeolian Islands is an
area with several active volcanoes, it can be a pleasant and inviting destination, as shown in
the photograph above. Most
tourists visit Lipari, which is the most developed of the islands.
Other more adventurous types tour Vulcano and Stromboli, which provide interesting,
although sometimes dangerous, hiking opportunities. If you
visit any of the active volcano areas, be sure and take a qualified
guide who knows the terrain and can keep you out of trouble.
Stromboli (shown below) is, perhaps, the most famous of the Aeolian Islands and
it is the most active of the volcanoes in the area. Although recent
eruptions have not been violent, they have been frequent. The peak is
around 3100 feet high, but varies with type of eruption. In total,
Stromboli rises over 6000 feet from the seafloor below.
Lipari (shown below) is the largest of the Aeolian Islands. Its main town
is also called Lipari.
The island offers a wide range of accommodations, but
these fill up quickly in summer due the the Aeolian's popularity as a vacation
spot. Lipari spots four major volcanoes, now dormant, as well as a castle
and renovated Norman Cathedral. Lipari is a great place for solace, good food
and modest night-life. As you can see, the scenery can be stunning.
The view of the Isle of Vulcano shown below is considered by many
to be the finest view on Lipari. It is called "Quattrocchi,
which means four eyes. The legend behind the name claims that
at least four eyes are required to drink in the beauty that
surrounds you at this place on the island. Although you can
only see its edge off the island of Vulcano in the picture below,
there is a small island called Vulcanello between Lipari and Vulcano.
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