The Aeolian archipelago originally the volcanic mythical site of the
King of Winds, is situated in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Sicily and
is composed of seven principal islands and a few islets. Lipari, Salina
and Vulcano are the three major islands, close to each other, and
to the west we find Alicudi and Filicudi, and to the north-east
Stromboli and Panarea.
A bit o history...
Lipari and Panarea have been inhabited since the Neolithic era
(VI millenium B.C.) and were the sites of commercial activities, a
type of obsidian, a volcanic glass which is harder and sharper than
flint. Entering the Mycenaenan economic system, the Archipelago
declined with the fading of that civilization but remained for all of
antiquity a desirable site from a strategic and commercial point of
view (for the commerce of alum) and became renowned for thermal
After a period of obscurity, during which survival depended on
pastoral grazing and fishing, the Normans arrived and the Benedictines
founded a monastery on Lipari giving fresh impetus to the cultivation
of grain and the exportation of alum and sulphur. Lipari was pillaged in
1544 by muslim pirates Kair-ed-Din, said to be Barbarossa, who made
slaves of the inhabitants. The recovery came after a long time and the
history of the Archipelago joined that of the province of Messina.
After the union the commercialization of Pumice stone (present in the
north eastern slopes of Lipari) received a natural impetus and marine
connections were enthusiastically encouraged.
Today the Aeolian islands with their landscapes of considerable beauty
are the centre of an intense tourism and contain an excellent structure
The Aeolian islands
The climate in the Aeolian archipelago is particularly mild, influenced
by the latitude, by the geographical position, and by the presence of the sea
which has an important warming effect. The season in which it rains more
are the autumn and the winter while the summer is quite dry.
The Aeolian Islands have a warm temperature typical of the Mediterranean
central areas. Definitely the best climate for the development of tourism
and of the typical local cultivations.
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