Vulcano is named for its three volcanic peaks, and offers some of the most exciting hiking anywhere in Italy. The island’s volcanoes have been dormant since the 1890s, yet the thrill of these once-fiery monoliths is still very much alive, with many visitors somewhat daunted by the soaring heights and sulphur-black landscape. Today, one of Vulcano’s most popular activities is to hike the peaks of the volcanoes, in order to peer in to the craters that were once said to be home to the mythical god Vulcanus, and out to stunning views of the sea.
Hikes can be booked as part of tours or enjoyed as solo expeditions. There are various trails to be followed, climbing to the peaks of the island’s numerous craters. The largest peak rises 1,640 feet above the sea, and can be climbed in just over an hour. Strong sulphuric smells and steep pathways characterise the climb, but the view is well worth it – from the top you can see over much of the island, and across to the other Aeolian Islands too.
In terms of practical necessities, ensure you wear appropriate footwear and clothing, plus bring cash if you want to visit the craters, as some of them require an entry fee. Situated just a short boat ride from the region’s other island, and from Sicily, this is a great option for fans of the extreme.