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The Aeolian is a volcanic archipelago of seven beautiful islands -Lipari, Panarea, Vulcano, Stromboli, Salina, Alicudi and Filicudi – plus some other islets and rocks emerging from a blue and crystal clear sea.
On these island you can still find wild uncontaminated nature and two of them have active volcanoes. They are visited yearly by tens of thousands of tourists. The principal town is on Lipari Island and all of them are part of Messina province.
According to Greek mythology, on Vulcano were located the forges of Efesto, god of fire and blacksmith of all the gods. On this island we can find several volcanic phenomena ike steam jets either on terrain or submarine and sulphurous muds known for their therapeutic properties.
This is the biggest island, its municipality comprises all the other islands but Salina.
We can find there an interesting archaeological Museum, located in the Castle of Lipari, rising over a wide bay on the eastern coast between the two coves named Marina Lunga and Marina Corta that are the better dockings of the island.
Beautiful also are the Greek acropolis and the Norman cathedral. Last, but not least, we can admire on a boat tour around the island the many enchanting coves as Cala del Fico and the beaches of Vinci, Valle Muria, Punta della Castagna e Capo Rosso.
This is the second biggest island and has the highest heights of the archipelago. It holds a beautiful forest of ferns, named Fossa delle Felci, overhanging wonderful beaches like the Pollara one. Salina is also famous for being the set of the film “Il Postino” (The
Postman) with Massimo Troisi and for the renowned “granita” (a delicious semi-frozen dessert with various flavorings).
It’s the smallest island with the lowest heights (topping at 421 meters with the Timpone del Corvo), but it’s the oldest and It attracts many tourists for its pristine coastline, the submarine volcanic phenomena and the island’s nightlife. The island forms a tiny archipelago together with the small islets Basiluzzo, Spinazzola, Lisca Bianca, Dattilo, Bottaro, Lisca Nera (with only a few remains) and the rocks of Panarelli and Formiche. The touristic docking is at “contrada di S. Pietro” with its characteristic houses, workshops and stores.
It’s the home of one of the most active volcanoes of all Europe, with frequent and spectacular eruptions that can be admired from the Observatory of the Navy situated at Punta Labronzo. With a little luck, we can observe the “Sciara del Fuoco” which is the
lava pouring into the sea. Also to be seen is the village of S. Vincenzo, where boats docks,
with its characteristic white little houses, the Ginostra hamlet perched on the rock and only accessible by a trail, the rock of Strombolicchio topped by a large lighthouse and born from one of the oldest volcanic eruptions on this archipelago.
Alicudi and Filicudi
These are the most western islands of the archipelago, they host craters of extinct volcanoes with fabulous wild landscapes and lush sea floors. On Filicudi we can admire: the Faraglione La Canna (high about 85 mt.), the rock “Scoglio della Fortuna” and the spectacular cavern “Grotta del Bue”. The silent Alicudi (as car traffic is prohibited), is the most wild of all these islands and there we can discover incredible Mediterranean
scenarios as on the rock “Scoglio della Galera”.
Useful links: http://www.eoliando.it/index_eng.asp
Its small Old Town welcomes tourists who can admire its architectural treasures, visit the many shops of the center and enjoy the beautiful view of the bay from one of its countless bars and restaurants. The most charming attraction however remains its scenographic and incomparable Greek theater overlooking the Mediterranean sea with a
breathtaking view of the volcano Etna, where, during all summer, numerous concerts and performances take place.
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This beautiful island is one of the most popular destinations for those who love sun, diving and wilderness, it’s the last strip of Italian territory before the African coast. Located south of Sicily Island, it forms, together with Linosa Island and the rock of Lampione, the archipelago of Pelagie (“deep-sea islands” according to the Greek etymology). As a borderland between two worlds, this island contains environmental features of two very different continents, Europe and Africa, just think that it’s at 210
km from the Sicilian coast and only 152 km from the African one. Must see: The coasts on the north and in the west of the island are high and inaccessible, but in the east and south-east it has beautiful sandy beaches. The beaches on Lampedusa are countless,from the smallest ones to the largest and most crowded ones.
Two small coves opens over a beautiful sea: Pisana and Uccello. The cove Spugna or Maluk is instead part of a large inlet on the east of the island. Then the cove “Cala Greca”, tiny and with exceptionally white sand. Unknown to many there is also “Cala Galera” that can be reached going through spectacular coves. On the beach of “Mare Morto” (it means dead sea as it is always calm) a must see is a cavern with the same name. Another wonderful and uncrowded cove is the “cala Francese” and the famous and more popular beach “Guitgia” which is connected to the town by public transport and its the closest to the hotels. From there we can also reach other coves and beaches like “Cala Croce”, “Cala Madonna” and “Porto N’tone” which is ideal for families with childrens thanks to its small size and its white and fine sand.
On the south side of the island we can visit “Cala Pulcino” with its many caverns.
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Its long seafront, about 1.7 km, divided in four streets – lungomare Falcomatà, lungomare Matteotti, corso Vittorio Emanuele III and viale Genoese Zerbi is genericallycalled simply “via Marina”. It hosts a rich variety of palms and other plant species and its lined with palaces in Nouveau style (many of which dating back to the last
reconstruction of the city), noteworthy among them, palazzo Zani, palazzo Spinelli and villa Genoese Zerbi. Along the seafront we will also find evidences of the past history of
the town like numerous memorials, a monumental fountain and some archaeological sites of Greek and Roman heritage, as parts of the Greek city walls and thermal baths of Roman times. Placed between the sea and the promenade with the parapet and the nouveau lampposts, the “Arena dello Stretto” is a typical Greek style theater which hosts cultural and entertainment events during the summer months. In front of the Arena, on the quay of “Porto Salvo”, there is a memorial to Vittorio Emanuele III in the place where he first touched the italian soil as king on July 31 1900.
The Reggio’s seafront is often called the most beatiful kilometer of Italy, maybe also because of the famous mirage called the “Fata Morgana”, an interesting optical phenomenon visible only from its coasts, during which one can see close-up images of Sicily reflected by the sea.
A visit to the archaeological Museum, recently renovated, with the famous Bronzi di Riace, is an absolute must.
Useful links: MUSEUM REGGIO CALABRIA
Also called the Tyrrhenian Pearl, it is a beautiful sea village visited by tourists from all over the world. Happily overlooking the sea (about 50 meters ASL), and in a strategic position for both terrestrial and marine transits, it has become one of the most important touristic center of south Italy. Its historic center is a small gem, full of narrow streets, palaces, ancient portals, churches and shows that this has always been a rich and prosperous town with many evidences of various foreign dominations of the past. A must see on May, the traditional festival of the town, “I tri da cruci”, and on September the Tropea Blues festival.
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SCILLA AND CHIANALEA
The municipality of Scilla is part of the Reggio Calabria’s province, it is a touristic place and one of the most beautiful and specific village of the whole Italy. Since many years, it has become a destination for artists and musicians because of the many different music festivals, as well as a popular seaside destination of young people. The center of Scilla is located on a rocky outcrop known as the Scillèo promontory leaning forward over the Strait of Messina, in ancient times known as the Scilla strait. According to Greek mythology, Scylla was a sea nymph and she fell in love with Glauco, a sea god, half man and half fish, son of Poseidon. Glauco asked the sorceress Circe for a love potion, but she, given the beauty of Scilla, full of envy and jealousy, after being rejected by Glauco, transformed the nymph into a monster. This history is present both in the Homer’s Odyssey and Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
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It is the most ancient hamlet of Scilla, its named originates from the floor of the galley but it is also called “Acquagrande” (big water) or Canalea (from the word channel) because the tiny houses rising from the sea water are separated by narrow pathways similar to channels that terminate directly into the Tyrrhenian Sea, forming a romance between civilization and nature that resists since centuries. Among the narrow and winding streets, we can admire a number of ancient fountains: the “Ruffo” Fountain, located in Via Annunziata, is of uncertain age, It was probably built in the sixteenth century at the behest of the family Ruffo and is engraved with their coat of
arms. With a form of niche, and decorated with a series of friezes, the “three channels Fountain” has a date engraved, 1610, it is made of light-colored stone, has decorative friezes adn masks that bleed water. The fountain “The Canalello” also called the fountain of San Clemente, located in Via Annunziata, is a source of spring water gushing from hundreds of years.
Buildings of great historical importance are: the church of Santa Maria di Porto Salvo and the Church of St. Joseph, the old Palace Zagari, built in 1933 in an eclectic style, “Villa Zagari”, a palace of 1900, which is now a national monument.
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