Aeolian Islands

Aeolian Islands, Sicily

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Seven islands and seven thousand years of history. The Aeolian islands, off Sicily’s northern coast, take their name from Aeolus, Greek god of the winds. They are fertile islands like their life giving sea breezes, full of beautiful landscapes and like nowhere else in the world.

Rising from the sea more than 700 thousand years ago the Aeolian islands are sons of earth and fire. It is an archipelago of evident volcanic origin – visible in the cone shape and profuse lava production of Stromboli and Vulcano and in the hot muds and black beaches of several of the islands. Pushed up from the core of the earth between the waves of a crystal clear sea, the islands are of the most beautiful of the Tyrrhenian sea.

The warm and breezy climate, always mild and rarely rainy, makes them a perfect summer destination but they are fascinating in every season. They are very varied islands and very different one from another. Alicudi and Filicudi – bleak and almost threatening, long ignored by mass tourism. Stromboli and Vulcano – unique profiles and identities. Panarea – green and luxuriant. Salina and even more Lipari – the largest and most vibrant, the archipelago’s centres of gravity.