When we’re there and we have seen it all, we’ll understand why the Aeolian Islands have been included among the World Heritage Sites

The seven islands, all of volcanic origin, each with its own strong identity, are located off the northern coast of Sicily. They will leave us speechless.

Let us learn to call each one by its own name: Lipari, Vulcano, Panarea, Salina, Alicudi, Filicudi, Stromboli.

We will feel in a world lost in time, an intimate conversation with nature, a volcanic land and its ancient history. We will discover beaches, caves, creeks, cliffs, stacks and an incomparable variety and richness of the seabed.

1 – Looking from the highest peak of Vulcano all Eolie Islands line up

Lipari - Panorama
Vulcano from Lipari

The first thing to do is to climb up to the crater  where the view is really incredible. From here we can get a complete view of the island and of the other 6 sisters! And if the sky is clear we can even see the Tyrrhenian coast of Messina.

2 – Tasting Malvasia wine 

It is a naturally sweet DOC wine, also known as Malvasia delle Lipari produced exclusively in the Aeolian Islands (or Lipari). Its taste of sun-ripened dried grapes is like a poetry that one recites every night on site.

3 – Eating  “u pani cunzatu” of Lingua (Salina) 

 

In the square that overlooks the small lake of Lingua, a little village of fishermen southwards Santa Marina, you will find different places where you can taste u pani cunzatu (seasoned bread) with capers pesto (sauce), almonds, grilled aubergines, cucunci (fruits of caper bush), tomato, mint and abundant grated ricotta cheese.

4 – Going snorkeling among the fumaroles

In Panarea there is an intense activity of underwater fumaroles. This phenomenon is due to the emission of volcanic gases that push under the Earth’s crust and it is frequent in almost every volcanic area. In the Aeolian Islands there are quite everywhere. It is easy to watch them closely

5 – Taking a night hike in Stromboli

The volcano awaits you for an amazing night. The guides of Stromboli (also named Iddu, meaning He) will lead you gradually to the top (depending on its eruptive stages). The spectacle is, in any case, guaranteed.  You will remember these emotions for a lifetime.

6 – Tasting a mulberry granita with cream

Everybody knows that the granita is a typical Sicilian, soft dessert. It is a semi-frozen liquid mixture made from water, sugar, fruit juice or various flavorings. However, not everyone has tried a mulberry, a purplish blackberry-like fruit,  widespread all over Sicily. In summertime, in the courtyards of many Eolian country houses, it is not uncommon to see a large mulberry tree dropping its fruit on some nets placed below it

7 – Riding a donkey

Alicudi have no streets, so their steep stairways are crossed by mules and donkeys that, heedless of any effort, carry the luggages of the tourists up and down the isle. A few days of this simple life will easily make you forget the trafic problems of your city.

Somari - Ph. Ignazio Mannarano

Donkeys  in Alicudi – Ph. Ignazio Mannarano

8 – Bathing  into the sulfurous water

These volcanic islands offer many natural sites where you can relax  your body and your mind in an open-air Spa while bathing in their sulphurous waters. Relax, you’re on holiday in Vulcano!

Mud – Ph. Ignazio Mannarano

9 – Enjoying the wiew from the church of Quattropani (Lipari)

panorama da Quattropani Lipari ph @dolcevitaeolie

View from Quattropani Lipari ph @dolcevitaeolie

The effort of climbing to this small church will certainly be rewarded with a stunning view over Salina, Filicudi and Alicudi. If you have planned this excursion to enjoy the sunset, you will experience a moment of  true happiness!

10 – Taking a boat ride around Panarea islets  

There are five small islands nearby Panarea: Basiluzzo, Dattilo, Lisca Nera, Bottaro and Lisca Bianca.  A boat trip around the island to take a closer look it’s quite a good idea!

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