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Aeolian Islands

(Panarea - Filicudi - Alicudi - Lìpari - Salina - Vulcano - Stromboli)

Aeolian Islands - SicilyStunning cobalt-blue sea, wild, windswept mountains swathed in flowers and steaming volcanoes - those are major attractions in the Aeolian Islands (Isole Eolie), representing a sort of European Holy Grail for island lovers. Part of a huge volcanic ridge, the seven Aeolian Islands are the very pinnacle of a 3000m-high outcrop that was formed one million years ago. Created by successive explosions - first Panarea, Filicudi and Alicudi, then Lìpari and Salina, and finally the still-boiling Vulcano and Stromboli - the islands exhibit an extraordinary variety of landscapes.

Hillsides of silver grey pumice and lush green vineyards give way to jagged veins of black obsidian, the material pre-historical men used for their tools and as an export product more than 5000 years ago. A wilderness of flowers and plants enriched by volcanic soil, as well abundance of sea life, make these islands a paradise both for naturalists and scuba divers. Acknowledging their unique naturalistic, UNESCO declared the islands a World Heritage Site in 2000.

The Aeolians’ natural beauty and unpredictability have both attracted and repelled people throughout the centuries. Myths describe the islands as home of the god of winds, Aeolus, and they also hosted the cyclop Polyphemus and the god of fire, Vulcan. In the summer modern hedonists, including the international jet set and movie stars - notably Robert De Niro and Madonna - arrive in droves to swim, hike, dive and party in this playground. The best time to come is May and early June, or late September and October; prices rise in July and August, when the population doubles.

Aeolian Archipelagos

Typical Panarea Island house

 Breath taking colourful view of the Volcano island stromboli at sunset

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