Aeolian islands and Catania
Trip Start Mar 15, 2006
62Trip End Dec 20, 2006
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From Palermo I caught the ferry to the Aeolian islands, in the sea north of SIcily. On the ferry I got invited up to the cockpit where we ate SIcilian sweets and drank coffee. On the way to ALicudi we passed a pod of dolphins, including about 3 or 4 baby dolphins jumping around the boat. At each island we stopped off the crew would show me around.
I ended up staying in a little town called Lena on the island of Salina. I stayed with the nonna of the ferry captain, §nonna Carmella§, an amazing 90 year old lady! She didnąt look a day over 70, and her mind was sharp as a tack. She was very excited that I am from Melbourne, as her younger brother lives there (the 3 others who had emigrated have passed away)
From Salina I headed to Lipari, the capital of the Aeolian islands, where I hired a scooter and drove around the island.
In the afternoon I caught the ferry to Stromboli island, home of the Stromboli volcano. The volcano was amazing! The climb up was difficult. I was already exhausted, and the temperature was about 40°C when we set off. We only climbed 900 metres to the crater, but it was very steep, and the trail was difficult as it was mostly sand. We reached the top at dusk, looking down onto the five volcanic vents below. Every so often one of the vents would rumble and then explode, which was quite amazing to watch! The photos I took really donąt do it justice! We stayed at the top for about an hour before descending back to the village.
Next day I headed back to the mainland, to Catania. I had intended to stop off in the Taormina, which is supposed to be a pretty little town with a Greek amphitheatre set high above the sea, but the climb up the volcano really exhausted me, so I decided to spend the day relaxing, before I fly back to Rome and head to Croatia tomorrow