The Aeolian Islands are an extraordinary place in which to see active volcanoes. They have been studied since the XVIII century, contributing two types of volcanic eruption (Vulcanian and Strombolian) and have therefore been an important place to visit for geologists as part of their training for the past two hundred years.
The Aeolian archaeological museum
The museum in Lipari houses what is considered to be one of the greatest archaeological collections in Italy. Located within various buildings on the Castle rock, the museum narrates the history of the archipelago from prehistory to the classical age.
The Castle Rock
The ancient baths of San Calogero
It is the most recent, remote and tireless of the Aeolian Islands. Stromboli in fact has the only continuously active volcano in Europe (there are five in the whole world). Its eruptions occur at regular intervals, and the volcano churns out gas, lapilli and lava. This has transformed the northern side of the island which is now an impressive, straight wall down which the lava flows. It is known as the Sciara del Fuoco. The island is in effect cut in two by the volcano, the two sides cannot be connected via land. The villages are Ficogrande, San Vincenzo, San Bartolo and the tiny Ginostra, where around twenty people live all year round and where electricity was brought just a few months ago.
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