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The island of Vulcano: photo description (Isola Vulcano)

Vulcano is a small island in the Tyrrhenian sea, part of the archipelago of the Aeolian Islands. It is the southernmost of the Islands of the archipelago, it lies just 25 km from the Sicilian coast. On the territory of 21 square km. there are several volcanic craters, and one of them is valid. However, the last eruption on Vulcano took place in 1888-90-m years.

According to Greek mythology, Vulcano was the dwelling place of the God of the winds Aeolus, and the Romans made it the forge of the God Vulcan. The Romans began to mine on the island of sulphur and alum, the industry was one of the main sources of income for local people until the late 19th century.

In the mid-19th century, the Englishman James Stevenson bought the Northern part of Vulcano and built a Villa there. He shut all the development of sulphur and alum, and their location on fertile soils, smashed the vineyards. Today the local grapes used for the manufacture of the world famous wine Malvasia.

Vulcano is a small island. Its population (about 500 people) lives mainly due to tourism. And tourists here enough — they are enticed by luxurious beaches, hot springs and sulfur mud baths and of course the opportunity to see numerous steaming fumaroles. Usually come to Vulcano for a day to get here from the neighbouring island of Lipari on the hydrofoil. On Lipari are located the main hotels and cafes, which is on Vulcano, alas, is not enough.

Those who remain in Vulcano for more than a day, it may be advisable to get acquainted with the local beauty — mountains of Monte Aria, Monte Saraceno and Monte Lucia, which are essentially cones of stratovolcanoes of the fossa cone with a large crater and the top of Vulcanello, which is connected to the island by a narrow isthmus.