Reaching the top of a volcano is definitely a unique experience. You can walk on different heights and through fragrant forests of caper flowers and brooms; You can walk among the white expanses of pumice and the black beauty of the obsidian while admiring small lapilli coming from the craters; you will also find lapilli among the vineyards that will give life to the Malvasia; You will walk through oleanders, myrtles, heathers and olive trees. But this can and will happen only in Sicily, in one of the most beautiful and unique archipelagos worldwide.

The Aeolian archipelago consists of seven islands (all of volcanic origin), many cliffs, islets and rocks, all spread in a blue sea: each of these islands – Lipari, Salina, Vulcano, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi and Panarea – is a paradise with an exceptional variety of beauties; we recommend visiting the islands on foot, walking along the steep climbs that from the light blue sea level reach about two thousand meters of height. From such height, you will definitely enjoy an exceptional view and you could also try to distinguish the shapes of the islands that from distance resemble prehistoric animals sleeping on water.

Aeolian Islands  - ph. Andrea Grano

Aeolian Islands – ph. Andrea Grano

Don’t miss a climb to Stromboli through the black Sciara del Fuoco until its “Pizzo” (summit), which is 918 meters high, where you can clearly see the Volcano explosions (there is one every five/six minutes); and likewise   a climb to Vulcano that recalls Dante’s Inferno, to discover the sulfur gases coming from the earth and the therapeutic muds, great for a warm relaxing bath.

Stromboli - Massimo Calcagno

Stromboli – Massimo Calcagno

Each Island has has at least one unforgettable natural trail… and often many more.

In Filicudi there is Punta Lazzaro, only reachable by an overgrown path; in Alicudi there is Filo dell’Arpa with its terraces and peasants who still go aroung riding a mule.

In Salina there is Monte dei Porri, Fossa delle Felci and the incredible Pollara with half crater still standing where Il Postino was filmed, which is Massimo Troisi’s last movie; in Panarea there is Punta del Corvo where you have a view on Dattilo, Lisca Bianca and Basiluzzo.

In Lipari there is Monte Pilato, Capo Bianco, the very special “cave di pomice” (pumice caves) in Porticello and the pastel colored caves of Caolino in Quattropani.

Lipari - Quattropani - ph. Sandro Scalia

Lipari – Quattropani – ph. Sandro Scalia

Visiting the Aeolian Islands, a UNESCO heritage site, means visiting one ancestral land, forged by rocks, waves and fire. It is inhabited since Neolithic ages due to the valuable obsidian and fertile volcanic soil; it was then reshaped in centuries by man’s work, who built dry stone walls and mule tracks, paths and lanes.

Today we can enjoy incredible and timeless views in a place where people live like ancient gods in a rarefied and pure beauty that is unique worldwide.