Hikers walking on the ridge of the active crater (Gran Cratere) of Vulcano - Sicily
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The Aeolian Islands or Lipari Islands are a volcanic archipelago in the north of Sicily. All the islands have a volcanic origin but only Vulcano and Stromboli still have an active volcano.
Vulcano is the southernmost island of the archipelago and is the top from an emerged volcano which rises to 499 meters.
The last violent eruption of Vulcano was in 1890. Since then, the volcano remains active and is being constantly monitored.
Fossa Grande or Grand Crater is the active crater of Vulcano island. There are hissing fumaroles in the southern edge.
We can see also the islands of Filicudi and Alicudi on this picture.