Nicknamed "Bone Island" because of the pirates who died here after long sieges, Filicudi is a place where unspoiled nature rules. There are just two fishing villages and one road on the island, with steep stone paths connecting bright cottages.
Sea stacks such as "La Canna," shaped like a cobra's head, jut out of the emerald sea, while the black, green and red cliffs contain labyrinths of grottoes. Then there's "Lovers' Cave," which is famous for its fertility power. In fact, "enter in two, exit in three" is a saying popular with locals. It's possible to explore Filicudi with Nino Terrano of I Delfini who rents scooters, dinghies and organizes dives, guided boat tours with sea-urchin bruschetta tasting, midnight fishing and sea-stack climbing. When it comes to dining options, Tavern La Sirena is a good option for fish fresh from the net.
Hotel restaurant La Canna is surrounded by fig trees and prickly pears and offers panoramic sea views. Run by Filicudi's former postman, Pietro, the hotel and eatery features stone dwellings with typical Aeolian-style terraces made of columns and majolica benches.
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Menu specialties include vegetarian rolls fried in breadcrumbs. The thatched umbrellas at pristine Joseph Beach are a good place to relax, while cozy Saloon bar is a good happy hour hotspot. Stromboli is home to one of the most active volcanoes in Europe. Stromboli is considered the most spectacular of the Aeolian Islands because of its volcanic activity. Visitors should prepare for a constant adrenaline rush, as the hyperactive "Black Giant" erupts every 15 minutes with smoky cannonball blasts and warm underwater bubbles.
It's flanked with huge scars from former lava flows. Stromboli has long been associated with fertility, and residents often refer to it as the "aphrodisiac isle. Expert guides Stromboli Fire Trekking offer a strenuous eight-hour trek to the crater for those keen to get closer to the volcano. When eruptions occur, people lie on their stomachs to feel the vibrations. Le Sirenetta Park Hotel , a restyled s farmhouse, serves delicious grouper dumplings wrapped in laurel leaves. They also take divers inside the 1,meter deep crater beside Strombolicchio, a dinosaur-shaped sea stack.
Il Gabbiano Relais , a former nightclub set in a luxuriant garden, has spacious deluxe apartments with pool and private panoramic rooftops.
Owner Federica Masin organizes exclusive beach dinners and weddings. Fresh fish delicacies and homemade pastries are served at Le Terrazze di Eolo. Dubbed the "Mouth of Hell," Vulcano is believed to be where Greek God of fire Hephaestus vented his anger over wife Aphrodite's betrayals, so it seems fitting that it's full of bubbling mud baths and hot springs. Tourists flock to Vulcano's steaming mud baths to spread "healing" lime mud a mix of calcareous and sulfur debris over their bodies before jumping into the sea, where underwater fumaroles volcanic vents act as natural hot tubs.
Be warned, the scent of sulfur is very strong. You can rent a kayak or a stand-up paddleboard to explore the lava sea tunnels and the pool of Aphrodite, which is where the lustful goddess apparently washed away her sins to be reborn a virgin.
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Guided walks to the golden crater pass through the Valley of Monsters, which is full of bizarre animal-shaped magma shards. Therasia Resort i s a good location for sunset drinks, offering a unique view of all seven islands as the sky turns ablaze. Its Il Cappero restaurant boasts one Michelin star.
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There's also restaurant Hotel Garden , which is situated near the popular black sand beach. With thin black sand, reddish rocks, cactus and palms, its scenery is a mix between Mars and a desert shore. Lipari is the largest of the Aeolian Islands and the most inhabited. The largest Aeolian island is often viewed as a starting point to access the others, but Lipari has much to offer. Quads and mountain bikes can be hired to explore the winding chaotic alleys, Arab-style palm courtyards and the ghost pumice quarries that have bleached many shores. You're likely to witness children rolling down these "whip-cream mountains" right into the clear waters.
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Restaurant Le Macine , located in a lavish old villa with free shuttle service, makes typical Aeolian cuisine, while Mangia e Fui is renowned for its signature pistachio arancini rice balls. Hotel options include Villa Enrica , an ancient farmhouse turned into a panoramic luxury resort, and Mea Hotel restaurant, which serves raw fish delicacies with orange sauces.
There is also a marvelous Greek acropolis and a Norman cathedral. Together with the tiny islands of Basiluzzo, Spinazzola, Lisca Bianca, Dattilo, Bottaro, Lisca Nera of which little still remains and the boulders of Panarelli and Formiche, Panarea forms its own minuscule archipelago.
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The touristic port is at the San Pietro crossroads, where visitors can take in characteristic homes, bottegas and shops. Vulcano According to Greek mythology, Vulcano was the location of the blacksmiths of Hephaestus, the god of fire, metal work and the fine arts. Stromboli Stromboli is actually the most active volcano in Europe, and boasts frequent, spectacular eruptions that can be best seen from the Italian Navy Observatory at Punta Labronzo. Lucky visitors might just get to see the Sciara del Fuoco, the lava flow that runs down into the sea.
Salina Salina is the second-largest island, and has the highest reliefs on the archipelago. The silent Alicudi where cars are forbidden , is the island least touched by man, and where natural impressions of the Mediterranean are immediately visible. Italian Tourism Official Website. Islands Sardinia Sicily.
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