Salina

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The island of Salina is the second largest of the Aeolian islands. It is dominated by two ancient volcanoes that face each other: Monte Fossa delle Felci (962 metres) and Monte dei Porri (859 metres). As a result of its particular shape, the Greeks called the island Didyme, i.e., twin. Its current name was given by the Romans, who renamed it Salinae because of the salt produced in the lower sea lake of Lingua. Volcanic activity on the island today is very modest, although post-volcanic activity can still be seen in some areas of Salina. At Pertuso, near the village of Rinella, there are still underwater emissions of gases and steam and a thermal spring called “Quartoluoru”. Of all the Aeolian Islands, Salina is certainly the greenest and most fertile. It is no coincidence that one of Sicily’s Slow Food Presidia is grown here, namely the Salina caper. The island is also the main production centre for the Malvasia grape, from which one of Sicily’s excellent wines is made, the Malvasia delle Lipari. There are now three main settlements: Santa Marina to the north; Malfa to the west; and Leni to the east. In the southern part of Salina, there is the beautiful Pollara Beach, where some of the most stunning scenes in Massimo Troisi’s film Il Postino: The Postman were filmed. In the village of Rinella, on the eastern side of the island, there is another beach that served as a film set. Rinella Beach makes an appearance in William Dieterle’s 1950 film Vulcano, with Anna Magnani.

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