Aeolian Islands

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The Aeolian Islands.

The Aeolian Islands (Italian Isole Eolie) are a volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Sicily. They are a popular tourist destination in the summer, and attract up to 200,000 visitors annually.

The largest island is Lipari, and the others include Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Panarea, Filicudi, Alicudi, and Basiluzzo. The town of Lipari has about 11,000 inhabitants. Vulcano is famous for its fango baths.

The islands were colonized by the Greeks around 580 BC. They named them after the God of Wind, Aeolus. Biblical historian Josephus mentioned a group that is probably related ot the Aeolian islands: "Elisa gave name to the Eliseans, who were his subjects; they are now the Aeolians." Elisa refers to the biblical figure Elishah, grandson of Japheth, son of Javan.

The Aeolian Islands have been listed by the UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.

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fr:les oliennes io:Eolia-insuli it:Isole Lipari ja:エオリア諸島 nl:Liparische of Eolische eilanden no:De eoliske yer pl:Wyspy Liparyjskie sl:Liparski otoki fi:Liparisaaret sv:Eoliska arna

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