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Climbing a volcano on Vulcano

Sunday 5 November. In Milazzo we take the boat to Lipari, one of the Aeolian islands. At arrival in the harbour a small beer and a kind of pancake. We stroll through narrow streets. Houses with laundry on the balconies. A small harbour where fisherman repairing the nets. Young and old seems to stay inside. It’s so quiet, just a few tourists and locals. At the Santa Caterina on the hill the museum is closed, but the sign tells that ruins in front of the church are some 3 to 4 thousand years old. For a long time people live here.

Back to the boat and in ten minutes we’re at Vulcano, the nearby island. We have just two hours for the island. Main attraction is the volcano. We climb it and around five o’clock we’re at the top. Smoke comes from yellow holes in the ground. This active volcano produces sulphur smoke. The view on top is astounding. Before dark we’re back at the harbour and in time for the boat back to Milazzo. The first part of the toll road is a 6 minutes ride. Paying for it takes ten minutes. Typical.


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