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Between the fishing villages and archaeological sites in the small villages of the Aeolian Islands

During your stay in the Hotel Mamma Santina, situated in Santa Marina Salina, in the Aeolian Islands, in the district of Messina, in Sicily, you can travel between the fishing villages and archaeological sites in the small villages of the Aeolian Islands.


Santa Marina Salina is located in Salina Island and is a small village with less than a thousand inhabitants. The village overlooks the sea where there is also the main port of the island. In its characteristic old town we can visit the church of Santa Marina di Bitinia, dedicated to the patron saint of the island and decorated with beautiful majolica.

Santa Maria Salina


Near Val di Chiesa, a small village, there’s the Shrine of the Madonna del Terzito. Built in the 17th century is the main place of worship of the Aeolian islands and a pilgrimage destination. Initially, it was a small hermitage that the 19th century renovation transformed into the present sanctuary with the two twin bell towers.


Malfa is another of the villages of Salina Island, along with Santa Marina and Leni. The typical white houses stand out in the town, where there’s the Church of Saint Anna, built in the 18th century. Malfa is home to the Aeolian Museum of Emigration, rich in documents, photographs and objects that testify to the migratory waves of Aeolian people to the Americas and Australia since 1881.



The village of Rinella, part of Leni, was born as a fishing village. Fishing is still one of the village’s resources and the houses overlook the coast where boats are moored. Next we find the beach of Rinella with the black sand of volcanic origin that offers a very special landscape. Behind the beach there are several caves dug by the men which were used to repair the boats in the past in case of bad weather.


The town of Lipari is situated in the island with the same name. However, the municipal territory extends to all the Aeolian Islands, except Salina. It is part of Lipari, Vulcano, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi and Panarea. In the center there are several archeological areas with Neolithic villages, Greek Acropolis, and the Contrada Diana with Roman remains and thermal spa.

In Lipari there’s the Regional Archaeological Museum with two parts situated in Filicudi and Panarea. The museum consists of a section on the classical era, one on prehistory, one on volcanology and one on paleontology.



The whole Aeolian archipelago is characterized by a volcanic territory where, in addition to the still active volcanoes of Stromboli and Vulcano, we find a mountainous and green territory, such as Mount Fossa delle Felci and Mount dei Porri in Salina. The volcanic origin is also noticed in the black sand of the beaches and in the phenomena of gas emission from the seabed. There are plenty of caves in the coast like the Cave of the Marine Ox in Filicudi, the Cave of the Lovers in Panarea, the Cave of the Angels in Vulcano. In addition to the beautiful panorama, the Aeolian Islands also offer many gastronomic varieties to enjoy in restaurants and taverns.

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