Discover Vulcano, a gem of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily!
Vulcano is an island in northern Sicily that are part of the Aeolian Islands archipelago. The island of Vulcano has excellent tour options and is great for those who want to have quiet moments, in direct contact with nature, with no worries, just admiring all the beauty that this magical place offers. Let’s go to our post of the day! Discover Vulcano, a gem of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily! Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams !!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
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The Aeolian Islands (Isole Eolie) is an archipelago formed by 7 volcanic islands. It is difficult to choose the most beautiful one, but whatever your ‘elected’ is, it’s good to know that they are all fantastic! The sea ’embraces’ them in an almost poetic way and the sunset from any point on the islands is impressive. Today we will leave the islands Lipari, Stromboli, Panarea, Alicudi, Salina and Filicudi aside and we will talk about this beauty called Vulcano. How about a Day Trip to the Aeolian Islands from Tropea? Click here to learn more!
A bit of history
Vulcano’s old name was Therasia, which literally means “hot land”. The island of Vulcano is mythologically recognized as the seat of the forges of Hephaestus, Greek name for the god of fire; in Roman mythology, Hephaestus is Vulcan, hence the name of the island. Based on what is documented in the literature of the time, the island is the result of the merger of several volcanoes including Vulcano della Fossa and Vulcanello. Geologically, the island was subjected, for many centuries, to the extraction of sulfur by convicts, who became slaves. Read also What are the 10 must-see cities in Sicily?
Under the Bourbon domain, mining activity on the island was raised to its peak and became a major industry. In the first half of the 19th century, Englishman Stevenson, who continued mining, also planted the island’s first vineyards and then bought the entire island. His village is close to the castle and the construction is still there today. The English who lived there left the island after a violent eruption in 1888. In fact, it was Vulcan’s last eruption; there are no records of eruptions after this one.
The few settlers who had the courage to stay there exploited it to bring out all the resources it could offer. In fact, an excellent phrase that defines the island precisely: lucky the hot land that revolves around this volcanic cone so close and powerful, and at the same time so quiet and silent. Inactive for more than a century, it remains, however, a vibrant land of life, breathlessness and fumes of emitted heat, colorful sulfur structures, and a majestic nature that has the power to turn the tide and turn the landscape into a painting, without changing the morphology of a land that remains magical and mythological over the centuries.
Vulcano is not only the mythological cradle of the Greek god Hephaestus, but has been immortalized, after decades of silence and lack of interest in this natural paradise. In 1949, director Dieterle immortalized Vulcano in the cinema: he made the eponymous film starring Anna Magnani and put Vulcano in his right place: on a pedestal worthy of a god. How about leaving Taormina for a tour in Lipari and Vulcano with an Aeolian Mini Cruise? Click here to learn more!
1) Discover Vulcano, a gem of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily! VISIT THE TOP OF THE VOLCANO
One of the most famous tours on the island is, without a doubt, the trail that leads to the top of the volcano. The trail runs along the entire side of the mountain and, from the top – as you advance – one can see beautiful views of the archipelago. In the foreground, the view of the Vulcanello peninsula, looking ahead we can see Lipari – with its salt – Filicudi also seems to be a step away, with Panarea on the right; to close the panorama, we saw Stromboli.
The hike is very tiring and the terrain is rough, but the natural wonders and the view from the top pay off all the sore muscles the next day. The smell of sulfur, as it progresses, is also uncomfortable, but it is impressive to set foot in that red earth that is impressive for its history. At the top of the mountain, the crater’s abyss is fascinating: the sight of the boiling clouds of sulfurous vapor coming out of the earth, and the stones stained in ocher yellow and red, are impressive.
2) Discover Vulcano, a gem of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily! VISIT VULCANELLO
A great tour option is to go to Vulcanello, where it is possible to visit the Valley of the Monsters. The name of the valley is because of the shape that its rocks take after sunset. The natural shapes of the rocks bring to mind images and profiles that resemble animals, monstrous and somewhat frightening figures, it is a spectacle apart!
3) Discover Vulcano, a gem of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily! VISIT THE BEACH
Of course, there is no shortage of beaches on an island, but in Vulcano there is an excellent option: Spiaggia dell’Asino, which is a cove of black sand, calm sea, silent during the day and illuminated at night. A place so allusive that it manages to combine the green of the mountain and the blue of the sea in a unique way! This almost exclusive paradise is accessible by boat or by a steep descent on foot. At night, the music sets the tone and invites you to dance until you can no longer move your legs!
4) Discover Vulcano, a gem of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily! VISIT TERME DI VULCANO
Another must-see is Terme di Vulcano. The energy of the land that comes from the subsoil makes this area of the island of Vulcano a special place. Because of the sulfur in the open sea and adjacent to the island’s centuries-old sludge area, this mud has therapeutic powers (fango bath). The natural lake of hot mud is the perfect result of the balance between human intervention and volcanic mud.
Human intervention did not violate any natural heritage, only the surface crust was cleaned (in the 1960s) and, thus, the volcanic lake was created. It seems unthinkable to dive into the waters of a place where the smell of sulfur is significantly noticeable, but the landscape and the beneficial effects of volcanic mud give a feeling of great richness to make the experience of diving in the mud unique and unmissable! Immersion in the natural lake of the hot mud of Vulcano is the realization of the symbiosis between man and nature: unforgettable!
The benefits are felt in the musculoskeletal system, have energetic, analgesic properties and are great for tendonitis, bursitis and muscle pain. However, there are some useful and indispensable precautions: mud should not be applied to the face, the area should be avoided by people with heart problems and contact with eyes and mouth should be avoided.
Mud also treats respiratory diseases very well. Sulfurous fumes are indicated for those who have problems with asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, among others. Inhaling steam from a safe distance of about 50 cm away is like natural sprays. Vulcano’s natural mud lake is not only a unique show in landscaping, but it is a kind of natural clinic for the care of body and soul, where you will have physical and psychological benefits.
Where to Eat in Vulcano?
There are great restaurant options on Vulcano Island. See the following tips:
- Note: Despite having a seafood menu, it offers options for all tastes. The service is great, the portions are hearty and it is very well located.
- Where is it: Contrada Piano Cardo, 98050 – Vulcano.
- Opening hours: every day, from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm and from 7:30 pm to 12:00 am.
- Note: With typical Sicilian dishes, the restaurant has a great menu option, friendly service and a fair price! The portions are great.
- Where is it: Via Anna Magnani, Isola Pedonale, 98050 – Vulcano.
- Hours: from Sunday to Saturday, from 12:00 pm to 03:00 pm; on Mondays, from 7:00 pm to 10:45 pm and from Tuesday to Sunday, from 7:15 pm to 10:45 pm.
How to get to Vulcano Island?
You can go by boat from Messina, Palermo, Naples, Milazzo or Reggio Calabria. The nearest port is Milazzo and the journey takes about one hour. To find out more about timetables and itineraries, you can access the website that offers the lowest prices by clicking here!
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