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Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands)

Listed under Islands in Aeolian Islands, Italy.

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Right off the coast of Sicily on the Tyrrhenian Sea lies a chain of islands that appear from above to have been scattered by the winds. Named after Aeolus, the keeper of the winds in Greek mythology, the Aeolian Islands are home to beautiful and scenic vistas, sunny beaches, sulphorous mud, and towering, active volcanoes.

Simply speaking the names of these islands -- Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Panarea, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi -- makes you want to hop on a plane - or rather a boat - and go there forthwith. Unhappily these once uncrowded hideaways are starting to attract visitors in great numbers. And for good reason. So be warned: summer will be crowded.

When you arrive on the Aeolian Islands, it will most likely be on the island of Lipari. The most popular, Lipari is home to picturesque beaches, stunning trails and crystal clear waters which, for skilled swimmers, are ideal for exploration -- though you need to beware of strong currents. There are also plenty of ruins and archeological sights to explore: in particular a reconstructed Norman church and Greek and Roman ruins in the Diana District Archeological Park.

The smell of sulphur pervades the island of Vulcano. Taking a dip in the mud baths here is a popular and allegedly healthy experience. The volcano which produces this sulphur gives the island its name.

If you're not already jaded by the endless throbbing of the hydrofoil, head for the island of Salina, which offers up a very odd and interesting landscape. Large salt mines, green pastoral layout and the island's twin peaks give it a unique character.

For diving, Stromboli, another volcanic island (with a recent eruption on 2007), has deep waters and caves which are perfect for underwater exploring.

Studied since at least the 18th century, these islands have provided the science of vulcanology with examples of two types of eruption (Vulcanian and Strombolian) and have featured prominently in the education of geologists for more than 200 years. Despite the increasing numbers who visit, they retain their alluring magic.

Written by  Ryan Judge.

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Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands)

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. The site continues to enrich the field of vulcanology.

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