Vulcano

Departure Date

Daily

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49

Maximum Seats

8

VULCANO TOUR

DEPARTURE FROM LIPARI ``PORTO PIGNATARO`` AT 10:30 AM

In Greek mythology it was the home of Hephaestus, god of fire, but today its volcanic activity is sustained only by the numerous fumaroles that the great crater emits. Characterized by its unmistakable smell of sulfur, from one shore to the other, the island is shaped by its volcanic nature, although now extinct, the volcano gives life to thermal muds and darkens the typical Black Beaches, which together with the Piscina di Venere, at the Grotta del Cavallo and the Baia di Levante are some of the main attractions of the island.

Tour Overview

Destination

Vulcano

Vulcano is the first island you meet coming from Milazzo, just 12 miles away. Near the port you are struck, both by the beauty of the place, and by the acrid smell of sulphur which fills the air. This phenomenon, which you soon get used to, is due to the ‘fumaroles’, the venting of steam, sulphur and carbon dioxide at a high temperature from the crater or from cracks in the ground. The fumaroles are a reminder that the volcano is still active.
Origin

Origin

The island takes its name from the considerable volcanic activity that has taken place over thousands of years. Along with Stromboli, it is the only volcano still active in the archipelago, and the youngest (90,000 years compared with the 100,000 years of Stromboli)
Thermal

Hierà or The Holy Island

This island, today invaded by tourists, must have made a great impression on the Greeks and Romans who called it Terasia (Hot land), then Thermessa (Hot), and dedicated it to the God of Fire, Hephaestus for the Greeks and Vulcan for the Romans, and considered it a holy island (Hierà).
History

1888

In 1888 the last eruption took place, which blew out the ‘plug’ made of sedimented magmatic material that had been consolidated by a previous eruption. The Englishman fled, terrified by the shower of blocks of fused magmatic material, ‘bread-crust bombs’, which cooled on contact with the air and cracked up. The few inhabitants who remained, maybe Stevenson’s settlers, dedicated themselves to farming and sheep-rearing on the plateau and fishing in the hamlet of Gelso.

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