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The Aeolian Isles


The Aeolian Isles   are 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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