I can’t even quite begin to describe what gems the Aeolian islands are. Sure, I can’t count the whole world among my travel destinations but Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Panarea, Alicudi, Stromboli and Filicudi are the most beautiful and unique places I have ever seen (they also happen to be UNESCO World Heritage site since 2000).
Film-worthy landscapes, the bluest and clearest – ever! – sea, black sand, unforgettable and moving sunsets, beautiful little harbours, traffic-free streets (mules are means of transport), unspoilt nature, Stromboli’s eructions, picture-perfect villages, breathtaking slopes. The list is endless…
What struck me the most was to experience seven islands that, although are near each other, are completely different one another. To me, Aeolian Islands are the living proof of the perfect alchemy of the four elements. Of all the hundreds pictures I took, I decided to pay homage to this amazingly small piece of world representing it with water, fire*, air, earth.
* here fire appears as the sulphur mud of the mud pool in Vulcano.