Quite a while ago I promised to do a follow up post on my TOP BUCKET LIST IDEAS – Best Volcano to Visit with more unique pictures. Here I’ll present more about an active volcano in Italy together with empowering aspects. Again pictures from Stromboli together with some other aeolian islands. Where are Aeolian Islands? Well, they are located just north of Sicily (Italy) in the middle of the Tyrrhenian See. For more details please click on the map left.
Feel the earth’s heartbeat under your feet and become stronger.
Formation and signifance of the Aeolian Islands
All seven islands are volcanos which were well known throughout history. Even Odysseus came by once upon a time in the mythical past as it is handed down to us by Homer. He makes a special reference to Stromboli because of its active volcanism even at those times. The volcanos apeared during the last ice age in the following order: 1. Panarea, 2. Filicudi, 3. Alicudi, 4. Salina, 5. Lipari, 6. Vulcano, 7. Stromboli. (Click below sunset between Vulcano and Lipari.)
It really is remarkable that two of those islands represent two of the four basic types of volcanism: The one is Vulcano, which stands for the eruptive type. There’s a longer pause between eruptions during which the volcanic vent is blocked up. The last eruption took place in 1890. According to geologists and their regular measurements there won’t be a big eruption in the near future. The name of the island by the way originates from Vulcan, the god of blacksmith in Roman mythology.
The other is Stromboli, which is characterized by constant effusive eruptions. Because of an open vent lava is thrown out in rags every ten to fifteen minutes. Its name stems from the Greek word Στρογγυλη (strongylè) meaning round. By the way, there’s a big influence of Greek culture in this area.
Vulcano’s health benefit – sulfur and mud-bath
Besides the mythical touch of this island, which can boost your energy and vitality, there are tangible ways to support your health. First of all, sulfur is one of the lacking elements in our daily care and nutrition (as an organic compound). Living and eating on this island you’re going to improve your health automatically.
Besides that you can buy many products made out of sulfur, or you might plunge into one of the mud-baths: very effective if you have skin problems or joint pain (below right). There’s still too little focus on the lack of sulfur. Symptoms might be: liver and joint problems, fatigue and anxiety, thin hair and nails, eye cataract. I’ll delve into this topic in a future post. For now you can go to my referrals on Vital Nutriants Supplements or Body Care Store Online.
Hiking up to the rim of Vulcano, you walk through different sulfur fumaroles. Although it’s a little bit stinky like foul eggs, in the end you feel empowered in a very unique way! And the view down to the plug is absolutely gorgeous (click below left). The beauty of this place will be transferred to you immediately.
Stromboli – close to the pulse of the earth
To me still the most beautiful and special place is Stromboli, because living on an active volcano is a transformation in itself. Even more so if you can get close to the crater with its regular eruptions. Over 30 years ago, in May 1981, I was lucky to take a picture of an exceptional strong eruption at night (click above right). The altitude amounts to 300 m or 330 yards. It felt like I could take the pulse of the earth and thus connect with her deep energy!
Below you can see the portrait of a fisherman I took on Stromboli in 1981 (click below left). He was a true mediterranian character but I suppose he isn’t alive anymore. Immediately after debarking on Stromboli we helped him to push his boat into the sea. In return, he took us onto an unforgettable mystic boat tour around Strombolicchio (click below right), an old side vent of Stromboli.
For me, the Aeolian Islands were the best natural stress reliever. So I definitely want to go back! If you consider going there, look for great reading material at the end of my book reviews.
Please feel free to share what parts of my report empowered, touched you or brought back some of your travelling memories right in the comments below, thank you!