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The Escape guide: The Aeolian Islands

Smouldering volcanoes, bubbling mud baths and steaming fumaroles make these tiny islands north of Sicily a truly hot destination. This extract from Time Out’s new Italy guide reveals the best places to eat, sleep and play

Astonishingly beautiful and extremely varied, the seven islands and various uninhabited islets of the Aeolian archipelago were designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2000. Their volcanic origins left a dramatic legacy of black-sand beaches, smouldering craters and splintered, rocky coastlines. Island-hoppers can discover their individual charms: from the spartan conical Alicudi, where donkeys are the only form of land transport, to the international jet-set playground of Panarea.

North of Sicily in the Tyrrhenian Sea, the archipelago was named after Aeolus, god of the winds, by Greek settlers. This has been a volatile part of the world ever since Filicudi, the first land mass, emerged from the sea 600,000 years ago. There are two active volcanoes, Stromboli and Vulcano, and volcanic activity of some kind, whether steaming fumaroles or thermal waters waiting to be tapped, on most of the other islands. Winter storms see the islands cut off for days.

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Invitations to Netvibes Ginger!

I have been among the lucky ones who were invited to test Netvibes ‘ new version called Netvibes Ginger Beta (the RSS feed reader).

Netvibes Ginger

I am an early adopter of Netvibes, and I think it’s the best RSS readers available; I have enjoyed a lot the new features Ginger Beta has added and apparently I am now able to share my excitement with Blog on travel’s readers before they release the new version officially:

Indeed, as a reward to my loyalty toward Netvibes, today I received this email:

 

  • Thank you for making the Netvibes Ginger beta program such
    a success!We are about to open Ginger to every Netvibes user and want to let
    you know so you can be one of the first to invite your friends.

Drop a nice comment on this article with your email to receive an invite for Netvibes Ginger; and please give your feedback concerning those (great) new features once you have been invited.

Netvibes searching tool

PS: Click here to to add Blog On Travel to Ginger.

PS2: Tip: Click here to add Netvibes as a default engine to the built-in Web feed reader of Firefox 2

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