Vacation between sea, relaxation and volcanic. But also contemporary art, cinema, cooking and initiatives for a better society
The Aeolian seven volcanic islands with their wild nature and with their refined elegance have always exercised great fascination and became the subject of myths and tales. Already in the eighteenth century they attracted famous people as the Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria, or in the nineteenth century writers like Alexandre Dumas and Guy de Maupassant. In the twentieth century it has become the favorite place of movie stars and show business, and served as the backdrop to the film remained in history as Rossellini’s Stromboli and Vulcano by William Dieterle and scandals sentimental between Rossellini, Ingrid Bergman and Anna Magnani, the protagonists of the two films .
Even today the Aeolian Islands represent a return to a size suspended in time in which the sea and nature make the law, but also offer contemporary art, starred cuisine, spa and places for relaxation and also initiatives for a sustainable society.
Here are addresses and events not to be missed this summer.
Space in Salina
Throughout the summer the restaurant “space” of the star chef from Abruzzo Niko Romito will away on the island of Salina, the greenest of the Aeolian Islands and agricultural. “Space” is a “Restaurant Workshop” designed for students of cooking school Niko Romito to Casadonna in Castel di Sangro, in Abruzzo, where young cooks make the bones managing every aspect of the kitchen to the service and to report with the host. It will be hosted at the Resort Capofaro, an “island retreat” to regenerate body and spirit.
Hotel Signum Salina
Another place not to be missed is the Salina Hotel Signum, a beautiful four star boutique hotel housed in a complete renovation of an ancient rural village. The hotel includes a spa and wellness area outdoor inspired by local products: malvasia, capers, prickly pear, bitter orange and lemon. The structure, surrounded by lemon and jasmine, was created in accordance with the forms and original materials, with sources of marble, jars and antique tiles.
Stromboli volcano Extravacanza
Even contemporary art lovers have a reason to go to the Aeolian Islands: Volcano Extravaganza festival, now in its fourth edition and organized by Fiorucci Art Trust. Curated by British-born Pakistani Haroon Mirza and the curator and director of the Fiorucci Art Trust in London Milovan Farronato, this year’s program is titled “Forget Amnesia” and is inspired by the famous clubs of the 70s “Amnesia” in a ‘other Mediterranean island, Ibiza. Originally called “The Workshop of Forgetfulness”, the laboratory of oblivion, recalling the local is an ode to the carefree common to clubs and small islands and an invitation to forget the routine. From July 21 to 30.
La Sirena Filicudi
One of the most magical Aeolian is certainly Pecorini a sea, an ancient fishing village at Filicudi where time seems to stand still. Here is the board and La Sirena restaurant with a beautiful terrace with the typical Aeolian tiles overlooking the square and a menu that includes raw fish and tartar, pistachio pesto, spaghetti with almonds, fish of the day and local wines. There is also an aperitif at the Saloon, where the evening after the sea gather residents and tourists on the island.
Il Postino in Salina
Climb Pollara at sunset to admire the colors of the sky that turns as the sun sinks behind Alicudi and Filicudi is an experience not to be missed. But it is even more this year which marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Massimo Troisi, who just turned Pollara Il Postino. To recall the Neapolitan actor and director were organized many initiatives, including exhibitions, art events and meetings.
Time banking in Lipari
“Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend” said the greek philosopher Theophrastus. A principle that, as part of a project to improve the quality of life of the population of Lipari, especially of the elderly, has inspired the establishment this year of a time bank in Lipari. The aim is to develop the solidarity based on mutual exchange, to induce changes in lifestyle and encourage the emergence of a new form of active citizenship. The initiatives are many, from cooking classes to courses (fish specialties) to those of computer literacy for seniors.