Discovering the Aeolian Islands on a bicycle

Luglio 18, 2023 - Absolute Sicilia

"Poetry does not belong to those who write it, but to those who need it!" Massimo Troisi - Mario Ruoppolo

On the trail of Il Postino

Il Postino, Massimo Troisi's testament film made in 1994 shortly before his untimely death, is now one of the classics of Italian cinema. Masterfully directed by Michael Radford and inspired by the novel Il Postino di Neruda (Neruda's Postman) by Chilean writer Antonio Skármeta, it tells the story of Mario Ruoppolo, a humble postman who is entrusted with the daily task of delivering mail to the famous Pablo Neruda.

This extraordinary feature film continues to captivate audiences with its delicate dialogue and evocative settings. Although set mainly in Campania, the famous 'pink house' that houses the famous poet in the film is actually located in Sicily: more precisely in Salina, one of the enchanting Aeolian Islands.

Why Salina?

Salina is a fascinating island because of its combination of breathtaking landscapes, the authenticity of its villages and its lush nature. The coastline is characterised by its natural and wild beauty, with picturesque bays and hidden coves that invite moments of relaxation and contemplation. Among the most beautiful coastlines, the black beach of Rinella stands out, adding that extra touch to an island that is already a paradise in itself.

Salina is also rich in charming villages, such as those of Lingua and Rinella, which still retain an authentic atmosphere and local traditions. The 19th-century dwellings in the main harbour of Santa Marina and the picturesque streets of Malfa attract visitors in search of authenticity. But it is in the village of Pollara that Mario Ruoppolo used to ride his bike to reach Neruda on the beach. 

And it is precisely those charming little stone houses that have witnessed countless magnificent sunsets, enveloped in an evocative and romantic atmosphere. And following the winding tufa steps to the Balate, it is still possible to visit the ancient fishermen's boat shelters carved into the rock of the cliff.

The Aeolian Islands: a volcanic paradise in the Tyrrhenian Sea

But Salina is not the only Aeolian Island worth visiting, even by bicycle! Between Vulcano, Stromboli, Lipari, Alicudi, Filicudi and Panarea there are many destinations to discover, especially in summer. Located off the north-east coast of Sicily, these islands are a true jewel in the Tyrrhenian Sea; a volcanic archipelago of seven main islands, dotted with numerous wild islets.

Each Aeolian island has its own personality and spectacular natural landscape. For example, Vulcano, with its thermal springs and characteristic smoking crater, offers a sense of mystery and adventure. Lipari, the main island, welcomes visitors with its beautiful beaches and its typical historic centre enlivened by the many traditional taverns. Stromboli, with its active volcano, offers a unique spectacle especially at sunset, when you can admire the lava erupting in the starry sky. Alicudi and Filicudi, two gems of the Aeolian archipelago that reveal wild landscapes, unspoilt authenticity and breathtaking beauty. And finally Panarea: the smallest island of them all, but also the most mundane.

Explore the enchantment of the Aeolian Islands with our tailor-made travel package

The atmosphere on each of the islands is one of freedom, far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Here, time seems to pass more slowly, offering you the chance to relax, rejuvenate and immerse yourself in the unspoilt beauty that surrounds you. Exploring the islands on foot, by boat or by bicycle, you will discover hidden corners, secret bays and spectacular views.

If you want to have an authentic experience that will make you leave satisfied, with Absolute Sicilia you can do it. We will take you around the Aeolian Islands and give you an unparalleled experience. Visit our Experience section to learn more about this memorable tour: “Paradise in the Aeolian Islands”.

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