SICILY’S AEOLIAN ISLANDS: WHERE HEAVEN MEETS HELL by Silvia Marchetti

Locals call them the “shape-shifting” or “floating” islands.
That’s because the Aeolian archipelago has been sculpted and destroyed by volcanic activity over the millennia.
Named after the powerful wind god Aeolus, the string of UNESCO-protected islands north of Sicily and west of mainland Italy offers a variety of volcanic landscapes and local color, each with its own unique character.
From the active cone of Stromboli to chic Panarea and car-free Alicudi, here’s how to enjoy the best of the Aeolian islands.

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