Aeolian Islands in Italy - An Area of Extraordinary Natural Beauty

The Aeolian Islands are a collection of small islands that are one of Italy’s most notable areas of extraordinary natural beauty. Collectively, the islands exhibit a unique range of volcanic characteristics and date back to thousands of years. The present shape of the Aeolian Islands is the result of volcanic activity over a period of 260,000 years. The Aeolian Islands are a popular tourist destination in the summer, and attract up to 200,000 visitors annually.

The largest island in the Aeolian Islands is Lipari. The other islands in the group include Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea and Basiluzzo. The Aeolian Islands are part of a huge 200 kilometer long volcanic ridge and lie between the smoking stack of Mt Etna and the threatening mass of Vesuvius above Naples.

What attracts people each summer to the Aeolian Islands is more than just the fact they are beautiful, but that they hold a very admirable rustic charm, taking anyone who visits back to a way of life that is centuries old. The Aeolian Islands were included into the list of World Heritage Site in 2000.

Lipari is the largest of the Aeolian Islands in Italy and is one of the most popular tourist spots. Lipari is known for some of its beautiful beaches. Canneto, Papesca, Acquacalda and Porticello are some of the best beaches in the island. Along the north coast of Lipari, one may be able to catch a glimpse of pumice and obsidian cave. The best time to visit Lipari can be during May and September as there is less rainfall around this time and the temperature is around 27 degrees Celsius.

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