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Eolie and Giglio Island

Eolie or Aeolian island is amongst the early natural islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Gigilio was formed nearly 5 million years ago by volcanic instability in the Tyrrhenian Sea.



Eolie and Giglio Islands are parts of the Italian Islands that are located at in different latitudinal and longitudinal positions. So in order to know how they are and what their specialities are, we must study them separately.

Eolie Islands or Aeolian Islands of Italy is a group of volcanic islands located on the Tyrrhenian Sea, the west-central part of the Mediterranean Sea, north of Sicily coast, Italy . The total area of the Eolie Islands , consisting of seven major land masses and islets of Y" shape is 88 square km. On the west, lies the Alicudi Island, on northern tip is the island of Stromboli, and on the southern corner is Vulcano. The other major islands include Eilcudi, Lipari (largest out of the group), Panarea, and Salina. Vulcano and Stromboli are part of the active volcanoes.

Eolie is a popular tourist destination in the summer, and attract up to 200,000 visitors in a year. It is also listed by the UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Other names of Eolie Island are Insulae Aeoliae , or Isole Eolie . The nearest transportation or commuting facilities are: airports of Catania and Palermo, trains from station FS of Barcelona Sink, Messina-Palermo freeway.

Giglio Island or Isola del Giglio in Italian , a part of Toscana regions of Grosseto province, is situated in the Tyrrhenian Sea, adjacent to the Tuscanian coasts. Geographically, Giglio Island is parted by a 16 km stretched water body from the Argentario. The region is predominantly mountainous made of granite. Almost ninety percent of the Giglio's surface is covered by Mediterranean vegetation of pine forests and vineyards. The famous "Ansonaco" wine is grown here. The coast of Giglio Island is 27 km long rich in mineral rocks with intervals of smooth cliffs and bay areas of Arenella, Cannelle, Caldane and Campese.

Some of the main attractions of the Giglio Island are:

  • The remains of a Roman villa of Domitius Aenobarbus
  • Giglio Porto
  • Temple of Diana
  • The church of San Pietro Apostolo
  • Giglio Castello, an ivory crucifix
  • The port that is full of cargo ship of copper and lead ingots, iron spits, amphorae and a Corinthian helmet.
  • The Etruscan shipwreck

An amalgamation of Isola di Giannutri, Giglio Castello, Giglio Porto, Giglio Campese disticts, Comune di Isola del Giglio is of a height of 405 meters from the sea level with an area of 23.80 square km.