+39 095 7167020
  • The salts-pans area in Nubia, Trapani
    The salt pan area in Nubia, Trapani
  • Citrons and tangerins at the market in Catania
    Citrons and tangerins at the market in Catania
  • A corner of the 18th century village of Marzamemi, Syracuse
    A corner of the 18th century village of Marzamemi, Syracuse
  • The stunning Scala dei Turchi near Realmonte, Agrigento
    The stunning Scala dei Turchi near Realmonte, Agrigento
  • A colorful wall again in Marzamemi, Syracuse
    A colorful wall again in Marzamemi, Syracuse
  • Local folklore in the Medieval town of Gangi, Madonie area
    Local folklore in the Medieval town of Gangi, Madonie area

Sign up
for our newsletter

Sicily Aeolian islands


Incredibly varied and of an astonishing beauty, the Aeolian archipelago consists of seven islands (Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi and Panarea) and five small islets (Basiluzzo, Dattilo, Lisca Nera, Bottaro and Lisca Bianca) in the vicinity of Panarea. The total area of the Aeolian Islands is 1,216 km2.

In 2000, the Aeolian islands were entitled UNESCO World Heritage Site with the following criterion “The Aeolian Islands provide an outstanding record of volcanic island-building and destruction, and ongoing volcanic phenomena. Studied since at least the 18th century, the islands have provided the science of vulcanology with examples of two types of eruption (Vulcanian and Strombolian) and thus have featured prominently in the education of geologists for more than 200 years. They continue to provide a rich field for volcanological studies of on-going geological processes in the development of landforms”.

North of Sicily in the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Aeolian Islands are located about 20 km from the Sicilian coastline, in the province of Messina, well connected with the small town Milazzo by public transportation or private vehicles like luxurious yachts, helicopters.

Their volcanic origins left a sensational heritage of jagged, rocky coastlines and black-sand beaches, spaced out by smouldering craters. The archipelago boasts two active volcanos, Stromboli and Vulcano but the volcanic activity of steaming fumaroles and thermal waters are on most of the islands.

The background is so charming and fascinating, that it even inspired the Greek mythology. In fact, Greek settlers named the archipelago after Aeolus, god of the winds. An irresistible piece of paradise, a magical outdoor background offering a wide range of emotions and excitement at every turn.

Astonishing waters provide sport for swimmers, sailors and divers while trekkers can climb sibilant volcanoes Stromboli and Vulcano and gourmets can sip the honey-sweet Malvasia delle Lipari wine. But the Aeolian archipelago is not only stunning natural scenarios: it shows also interesting historic relics evoking archaic secrets.

Historically and culturally speaking, the archaeological importance is shown by the presence of life from the Neolithic age. Different layers showing prehistoric, protohistoric and ancient history of the Mediterranean Sea have been preserved.

Curbing urban development has been the winning key to preserve the Aeolian islands in a natural state. Traditional houses consist of modular cubes constructed from indigenous building materials—stone, lava, pumice and tufo. Almost all houses show a large outdoor terrace, usually shaded by grape-vines and flowering vines. The houses, balconies and terraces are mostly whitewashed and decorated with brightly patterned terra-cotta tiles, a throwback to long-ago Spanish conquerors. New buildings are severely restricted. Existing residences can be bought and restored but must be constructed to resemble the typical architectural Aeolian style.

Visitors can enjoy their individual charm: from the bucolic Alicudi & Filicudi, where donkeys are the only form of transport, to the international jet-set playground of Panarea, passing through Lipari with its ideal mix of culture, beaches, clear waters and trekking trails and the wealth of archaeological sites. Vulcano, characterised by the volcanic bubbling mud pit and the sea issuing volcanic gases that make the sea water always hot. For a holiday with volcanic edge, Stromboli is the right choice. The youngest of the Aeolian volcanoes, Stromboli still spits gas and liquid magma from its craters, and the most recent dramatic eruption was in 2007. Salina is the greenest, the homeland of the capers and of the Malvasia wine.

These seven islands have hold a constant appeal and lure to all the travelers who visited them during the centuries: Alexandre Dumas, Jean Houel, Gaston Vuillier were only the ancestors of the long list of celebrities hanging out at the Aeolian islands in more recent times: Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Rihanna, Naomi Campbell, Elton John, Tony Blair, Angela Merkel, Paul Allen, Uma Thurman and Arpad Busson, Caroline and Charlotte Casiraghi, Geena Davis, Beyoncé and Jay Z.

In 1949 director Roberto Rossellini got fell in love with Ingrid Bergman starring his movie Stromboli, land of God: this love story hit the headlines of tabloids and hugely contributed to the incredible success of the movie, creating so the myth of Aeolian islands, wild islands.

 

Casa Salina – private villa

IMG_0421_rid

Enjoy a luxury natural experience in a timeless habitat, in contact with the earth’s strength and the engaging beauty of the island of Salina.A private villa cloe to the hamlet of Malfa, in the beautiful island of Salina:
The villa dates back 1930, an enchanting rural manor house superbly restored and furnished in the typical Aeolian style, offering breaktaking seafront terraces with spectacular views of the islands of Stromboli and Panarea. It is a two floored house.
Continue reading »

Capofaro Malvasia & Resort, 5*

CAPOFARO (20)

Enjoy a luxury natural experience in a timeless habitat, in contact with the earth’s strength and the engaging beauty of the island of Salina. Salina, an Aeolian island , surrounded by endless clear blue sea, it’ is the fabulous setting for the Capofaro Malvasia …
Continue reading »

Hotel Signum, 4*

hotel signum 6

This charming Boutique Hotel was born from a meticulous renovation of an old country hamlet surrounded by greenery, just a few steps from the sea in a property that extends for more than five thousand meters. This is the right place …
Continue reading »

Therasia Resort Sea & Spa, 5*

THERASIA (29)

A charming and intimate atmosphere, welcomes you at Therasia Resort with its typical white-washed walls and local building materials. In fact, respecting its environment only local materials have been used to restructure the hotel; molten rock from Mount Etna, Sicilian terracotta …
Continue reading »