10 Facts About Aeolian Islands


The Aeolian Islands are a popular tourist destination in the summer and attract up to 600, 000 visitors annually.

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Present shape of the Aeolian Islands is the result of volcanic activity over a period of 260, 000 years.

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The origin of the Aeolian Islands is due to movement of the Earth's crust as a result of plate tectonics.

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Aeolian Islands kept the violent winds locked safely away inside the interior of his isle, releasing them only at the command of greatest gods to wreak devastation upon the world.

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Villages on the Aeolian islands flourished on Capo Graziano, Castello (Lipari), Serro dei Cianfi (Salina), Capo Milazzese (Panarea), and Portella (Salina).

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At the fall of the Roman Empire, the Aeolian Islands came under the sway of the Visigoths, the Vandals and the Ostrogoths, followed by the domination of the Byzantine Empire.

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The city walls and houses were rebuilt and an Aeolian Islands fleet was constructed which was able to successfully defend the Tyrrhenian Sea from the Ottomans.

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Towards the end of the 19th century, the Aeolian Islands were visited by Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria—a friend of the islands and a man with a profound knowledge of the archipelago.

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On New Year's Day in 1909, a rumour appeared in international newspapers that the Aeolian Islands had been "swallowed up by the sea" during a time of volcanic activity.

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Aeolian Islands were listed by UNESCO in 2000 as a World Heritage Site for providing "an outstanding record of volcanic island-building and destruction, and ongoing volcanic phenomena".

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