Islands in Italy – The most beautiful Italian Islands (Part 1)

April 07th 2010 by Giulia
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Volcanic Islands in Italy

Italian Islands - Best Beaches, Best HolidaysItalian Islands - Best Beaches, Best HolidaysCredits: Vincenzo Girasoli

More than 200 islands are washed by the Mediterranean Sea, in Italian territory. Apart from the biggest and well known Sicily and Sardinia, there is a large amount of small islands which deserve to be mentioned for their beauty. I would like to start by introducing a special category: the volcanic Italian islands.


Stromboli Island

Italian Islands: StromboliItalian Islands: Stromboli

Location: Sicily, Aeolian Islands
Surface: 12,6 Km2
Inhabitants: about 500

Description: Stromboli is dominated by the impressive volcano and is characterized by a constant moderate volcanic activity, not dangerous for the inhabitants. It is very appreciated by people who look for a quiet holiday in contact with nature.

After the sunset, people can fully enjoy the starry sky, thanks to the municipality’s decision to avoid putting road lights.

Credits: Matteo Sforza
 

Volcano Island

Best Italian Island: Volcano IslandBest Italian Island: Volcano Island

Location: Sicily, Aeolian Islands
Surface: 21 Km2
Inhabitants: about 700

Description: Located 25 Km north of Sicily, Vulcano Island takes name from the Roman God of fire.
It has been uninhabited for a long time because of the several eruptive phenomena; the last eruption dates back to 1890 but there is a constant eruptive activity, like fumaroles and steam jets.


Capraia Island

Capraia Island - Tuscan ArchipelagoCapraia Island - Tuscan Archipelago

Location: Tuscany, Tuscan Archipelago
Surface: 19 Km2
Inhabitants: about 300

Description: It is the only island of volcanic origin of the archipelago, originated about 9 millions years ago. Capraia is rich in vegetation, most typical of the Mediterranean, and houses lots of endemic species. It is nearer to Corsica (about 31 Km) then to the Italian coast (54 Km).
Credits: vvaluu
 

Ischia Island

Ischia from the Mezzatorre ResortIschia from the Mezzatorre Resort

Location: Campania, Flegrean Islands
Surface: 46,3 Km2
Inhabitants: about 62,000

Description: Ischia’s volcanoes are inactive since about 700 years, but the volcanic activity still lives underground. It warms, for example, Maronti beach and foster the springs and the thermae, for which Ischia is famous all around the world.
 

Procida Island

Procida Island - CampaniaProcida Island - Campania

Location: Campania, Flegrean Islands
Surface: 3,7 Km2
Inhabitants: about 10,600

Description: Raised by the eruption of at least 4 volcanoes, today completely extinct and partly submerged, Procida is less frequented by tourists than Ischia and is characterized by yellow and grey tuff stones as well as traces of other volcanic materials. Tourists can reach Marina Grande and make the tour of the island by bus, which stops in the best panoramic points of the island, or discover the sea by renting a boat.
Credits: ilenia_pocha


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