Island of Filicudi

Filicudi is a wild and beautiful island. It is the ancient “Phoenicusa” so called for its vegetation of ferns which was very abundant. Together with Alicudi it is geologically the oldest and wildest of the Aeolian Islands.

At one time the only source of income was small agricultural production, dominated by capers and figs. Surprisingly, although islanders, the inhabitants are not engaged in fishing, except for a few amateurs. Today the income of the locals is mainly provided by tourism which began to develop after the arrival of electricity in 1986.

The approximately 250 residents and artists who have settled here reside mainly in the southern part of the island in the ports of Filicodi Porto and Pecorini and in Valdichiesa, which is located at 280 m of altitude.

The Port area is the center of the island where the island’s small businesses are located. In the south-western part of the island is the small village of Pecorini, with a small fishing port and a small pebble beach.

The promontory of Capo Graziano is a destination not to be missed and is about half an hour’s walk from the port. Capo Graziano is in fact one of the most important places for the archeology of the Aeolian Islands.

For those who love trekking, an itinerary not to be missed is the climb to Monte Fossa delle Felci, 771 meters high, reachable along an ancient mule track that leads to the Fossa delle Felci. From the summit, it will be possible to admire the island of Alicudi and the imposing rock of “La Canna” 71 meters high.

For those who love diving, off Capo Graziano, there is an archaeological site of world importance for the many ancient boats present in the seabed.

Do not miss a visit to the “Grotta del Bue Marino” which is the largest inlet of the Aeolian Islands. The cave is 20 meters high, 30 meters wide and 20 meters deep. It can only be reached by small boats and by swimming. At the bottom of the cave, there is a small pebble beach.