The sister of the sleeping force of fire, where there is a balance between man and nature.
Vulcano is the first island you meet coming from Milazzo, which is 12 miles away and only half a mile from Lipari. Due to its proximity to Lipari, it's my favourite place when it's windy, and you can't go too far by boat, but it's not the second-best choice, in fact, Vulcano has a beauty of wild nature that touches your soul, and it's always a pleasure to go there.
Near the port, one is amazed by the beauty of the place and the acrid smell of sulphur that permeates the air. The phenomenon, to which we soon get used, is due to the "fumaroles", high-temperature exhalations of water vapour, sulphur and carbon dioxide which are released from the crater or fissures in the ground, which reminds us that the volcano is dormant but always active.
The island owes its name to the massive volcanic activity it has developed over the millennia. In the eyes of the Greeks and Romans, this island, now frequented by tourists, must have made a great impression if they called it Therasia (Hot Land), then Thermessa (Hot), consecrated it to the God of Fire, Hephaestus for the Greeks and Vulcan for the Romans and considered it a sacred island (Hierà).
Vulcano is the island where the inexplicable balance between man and nature is perceived.
The Volcano, the mystical seat of the ancient forges of Hephaestus, dominates the island like a sleeping guardian. Trekking lovers venture into the climb to the crater, which is not a great climb but a nice walk up to the Volcano, on top of which you can enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the Aeolian Islands.
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Climbing the Crater is a path that follows the entire side of the mountain and from where you can admire the best views of the archipelago. The route is demanding, but the surrounding landscape is really impressive.
Cratere della Fossa is a large chasm that offers a spectacular sight amidst clouds of boiling sulphurous vapours that, emerging from the earth, colour the stone yellow ocher and red.
Valle dei Mostri, is a valley characterized by rocks that recall the profiles of animals and monstrous figures, hence the name.
Spiaggia dell'Asino or Asino Beach, an intimate and quiet cove of black sand by day, glamorous by night for private events or exclusive dinners. A must-try is their Schiacciata, crowned the best in the Aeolian Islands. Reachable by taxi boat or along a steep descent on foot among brooms and prickly pears. One of the most beautifully equipped beaches on the island.
Spiagge Nere, a real must on the island of Vulcano, is appreciated worldwide. The crystalline sea acts as a mirror to suggestive beaches of wonderful black sand.
Spiaggia delle Fumarole, so called due to the waters heated by the sulphurous.
Spiaggia del Gelso, can be easily reached by car or boat from the black beaches.
Known for its large lighthouse and clear sea
Grotta del Cavallo, or Grotta dell'Eremita, has passages made up of tunnels, wells, lakes and formations of stalactites, stalagmites and cannulas. Reachable only by sea.
Piscina di Venere, a natural swimming pool with crystal clear water that can be reached by boat, is so-called because, in mythology, the goddess of love immersed herself in it to regain her virginity.
An ancient royal road ('a strada vecchia), was built at the time of the emperor Ferdinand of Bourbon to allow him to travel across the island from Vulcano Porto to the Gelso district. Today it is a destination for trekking enthusiasts.
In conclusion, don't let me tell you how beautiful the Aeolian Islands are, go and see for yourself, and you won't regret it.
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