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Northern Sicily, Aeolian & Ustica Islands
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Aeolian archipelago

The Aeolian or Liparian archipelago was formed millions of years ago out of a fracture of the continental shell. All 7 islands, named le sette sorelle del fuoco (the seven sisters out of the fire) are of clear volcanic origins. The name Aeolian is derived from the Greek god Eolus, the god of the winds housing there, as described in the Odyssey by Homer. Stromboli is an always active volcano with regular explosive eruptions and in Vulcano the last eruption was in 1888.
The human history of the Aeolian islands begins in the stone age with the exploitation of some volcanic stones like obsidian for the manufacture of knifes and arrows or spear tips. For a fantastic collection of the historic vestiges found on the Aeolian islands, visit the museum at Lipari.
The Aeolian islands offers only limited protection for boats at heavy weather conditions
. In the summer months, a NW wind of 2 to 4 Beaufort's is dominating.
Some more information at: http://www.eolieonline.it or http://www.portaledelleeolie.it/

Stromboli Island


Stromboli Island
and village

Stromboli Island from the NE

anchoring on the South of the village

anchoring on the South of the village

from the anchoring site looking South

the village from
the East

Village from the North

typical houses at

typical lane

the sciara del fuoco

the sciara del fuoco

view of the village
while climbing to the volcano

the smoking craters

a typical explosive eruption

Stromboli SW side

The small village
SW Stromboli Island
The Stromboli island is situated at the NE corner of the Aeolian archipelago. The name of Stromboli seems to be derived from the Greek word Stronglide standing for whipping-top. Stromboli is also named the lighthouse of the Mediterranean sea because of the regular and spectacular lava projections. This type of volcanic activity is WW named the strombolian type. The Stromboli volcano has 3 main craters situated next to each other. The explosions are especially spectacular in the night and the climbing to the top of the volcano (about 900 m) is an unforgettable experience.
At the NW side of Stromboli there is the sciara del fuoco (fire slide), where the erupted lava stones rolls down to the sea.
Stromboli has two agglomerations. One on the NE corner (lodgings Scari, S. Vincenzo, Ficogrande and Piscità) and Ginostra at the West side.
There is no harbor at Stromboli. The seas around the island are deep and steep. The best anchoring sites in good weather conditions are around the NE corner. In the summer months where a NW wind is prevailing, the best anchoring site is at the S of the peer at the end of the main village next to the black rocky beach. Be prepared to anchor over 30 m deep water.
More information about the volcanic activity of Stromboli at:

Panarea Island


Cala Zimmari
SW Panarea

Columbia, a 12 of the America's Cup in Cala Zimmari Panarea

Cala Junco
SW Panarea

vestiges of a stone
age settlement

Punta Milazzese
SW Panarea

The village
E Panarea Island

The village
E Panarea Island

Panarea from the SW, the small islands and Stromboli far in the background

view of Panarea island from the SW
Panarea is the sole Island of the archipelago who does not have a volcano on it. Panarea and the rocky small islands on the East are the residues of an old exploded volcano. Panarea is a lovely Island and the most exclusive of the aeolian archipelago.
There is no harbor, only a peer for the ferryboats at the
village on the East side. Good anchoring sites are Cala Zimmari on the SW side with good protection against winds from W to N. Sandy ground 4 to 10 meters. Cala Junco a small bay adjacent to Cala Zimmari, protected against winds from N to E. Rocky ground 4 to 10 meters. The anchoring ground before the village is not protected and not recommended. To use only for a short time for shopping.

Lipari Island


The city of Lipari
E Lipari island

Some beautiful Greek
vases at the museum

The pumice mines
NE Lipari Island

The faraglioni
S Lipari Island

The faraglioni
S Lipari Island

Lipari E and Vulcano island in the background

Lipari N and Salina island in the background

the city of Lipari

The bay next to the city
E Lipari Island
The Lipari Island was formed by two volcano's. Lipari is the main island of the archipelago and has a long history beginning with the prehistoric aeolian culture, through Greek, Roman and middle age settlements. A visit to the museum at the main city is a must.
At the main harbor, next to the city in the South of the bay, there can be fastened to the peer (use your own anchor and beware of the swell caused by the ferry's). The harbor on the North of the bay is better protected, but hopeless crowded.
The bay offers also good, but deep! anchoring grounds. Around the island are a lot of other beautiful anchoring grounds but only at almost calm weather.

Vulcano Island


View from the volcano
to the North

The hot sources at the beach next to the Vulcano harbor

The hot sources at the beach next to the Vulcano harbor

Hot mud next to the
Vulcano harbor

Fumarole with sulphur
at the crater edge

View of the crater

Valle dei mostri

sundown at Vulcano
Porto di Ponente

Vulcano SE side

Vulcano SW side

view of the volcano
The last eruptions at the main volcano "Cratere della Fossa" occurred between 1888-1890. The volcano is considered to be still active and dangerous.
The emitted gases at the volcano and next to the harbor contains hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide which are poisonous and corrosive.
Good anchoring sites, depending from the wind direction, are in the NW at Porto di Ponente over shallow sandy ground in front of the black beach, in the NE at Porto di Levante where the fumaroles are located, over a steep sloping ground or at other sites, at calm weather conditions over normally deep ground of 30-50 meters. The harbor is located at the NE side. There is a short peer for yachts, crowded and not recommended because of the swell caused by ferry's.

Salina Island


Salina N side

Salina N side

the village of Malfa
N Salina

Salina N side

Punta Perciato
NW Salina

Punta Parciato
NW Salina

below Pollara
W Salina

below Pollara
W Salina

below Pollara
W Salina

below Pollara
W Salina
The Greeks named the Salina island Didyme (the twins) because it is formed by twin volcanos. Salina is the greenest of the aeolian archipelago and well known for the capers. On Salina, there are 3 distinct, main villages, S. Marina on the East, Malfa on the North and Leni on the South West.
Recently a small harbor, also suitable for yachts, was built at S. Marina.
Anchoring sites are around Punta Lingua in the South East or at the North West, below the small village of Pollara.

Filicudi Island


View of Filicudi from
the W with the canna

sundown at Filicudi

next to the grotto
SW Flicudi island

Inside the grotto
SW Filicudi Island

The village Pecorini a mare
S Filicudi Island

Pecorini a mare

Pecorini a mare

anchoring site
SE Filicudi Island

from the anchoring
site looking W

from the Canna
looking NE

NW of Filicudi
Alicudi far
in the background

Filicudi porto

Filicudi porto

Filicudi porto
A lovely Island. Not crowded. Very small, calm villages. At Capo Graziano, the promontory at the SE of Filicudi Island, are located the rests of huts of a prehistoric culture. Just at the east of Capo Graziano, at a depth of 40 to 90 meters, are 3 Roman and Greek ships wrecks with an almost intact content. Anchoring and diving is prohibited and the site is guarded. Beautiful and impressive is the NW side with the "Canna".
At Filicudi there are no harbors and no protected anchoring sites. However, at calm weather conditions the best anchoring sites are in the NW and SE over rocky and grass ground at depths of 10-20 meters.

Alicudi Island


the village at Alicudi

the village at Alicudi
Alicudi is the most western island of the archipelago formed by one volcano. The island is isolated an impervious. No harbor, no roads, no bays, no beaches. The sole methods to move on the island are your feet or ....mules. Simply beautiful and stress healing!
No recommended anchoring sites.

Ustica Island (not part of the Aeolian archipelago)


Map of the zones under
natural protection

pictures coming soon

The Island of Ustica is of volcanic origins and is habited since the stone age.
The seas around the island are the first protected marine park in Italy and are subdivided in 3 zones.
In the most restrictive zone A, limited by 5 yellow buoys, there is no access for every type of boat, no fishing, no diving.
In the zone B, up to 3 nautical miles from the coast, is the navigation, sport fishing and diving allowed. The removing of any living form and of rocks is not allowed.
The zone C is almost free, the commercial fishing is allowed only for local fishermen with special authorization.

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