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Italian paradise: 6 Aeolian Islands to visit

Italian paradise: 6 Aeolian Islands to visit

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Alicudi and Filicudi

Wild West

Sail on westwards and further back in time to the most geologically ancient islands of Alicudi (population 80) and Filicudi (about 200). They are the rough-cut diamonds of the archipelago. Beachcomb for shells on their stony shores or dive into waters so transparent that snorkellers can watch grazing sheep on the purple cliffs above as they rip into lavender and wild herbs. To reflect on your journey, hike to the eastern side of Alicudi. From its highest point you can look back across the aquamarine horizon to the other six islands, their pinnacles jutting through the clouds like thrones of the Greek gods.

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