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Filicudi

Filicudi


Filicudi, whose original name was Phenicusa has a surface area of 9.5 square kilometers. Its highest point is Monte delle Felci (774m), called after the abundant ferns (felci), from which it and the island derives its name.

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To the south-east a marvellous small peninsula extends seaward crowned by a peak (164 m.) called Capo Graziano, giving the island the appearance of a turtle. The three main areas of habitation are Filicudi Porto, Pecorini and Valdichiesa. Filicudi Porto is the principal place of embarcation and is connected by a macadam road to Pecorini on the other side, and upwards to Valdichiesa (originally called The Valley of the Sun) which is dominated by the ancient cathedral-sized church of S. Stefano.
Filicudi, whose original name was Phenicusa has a surface area of 9.5 square kilometers. Its highest point is Monte delle Felci (774m), called after the abundant ferns (felci), from which it and the island derives its name. To the south-east a marvellous small peninsula extends seaward crowned by a peak (164 m.) called Capo Graziano, giving the island the appearance of a turtle. The three main areas of habitation are Filicudi Porto, Pecorini and Valdichiesa. Filicudi Porto is the principal place of embarcation and is connected by a macadam road to Pecorini on the other side, and upwards to Valdichiesa (originally called The Valley of the Sun) which is dominated by the ancient cathedral-sized church of S. Stefano.
Fresh fish in abundance is always guaranteed at the restaurants of Filicudi Porto and for sale by local fishermen. The traditional Aeolian crusine flourishes there and in every household. Life in Filicudi tends to be calm, relaxed and sedate befitting its rustic charm. The island is cris-crossed by an amazing and comprehensive system of stone-paved walkways, offering the dedicated hiker spectacular views and alternate perspectives of an island that is high, rocky, and characterized by fascinating inlets and sea grottos.
The most notable of the latter is the Grotto of the Bue (seal) Marino with an entrance 30m wide and 37m in extent. Near the north-west coast a tall natural rock column of classical beauty, called La Canna, rises out of the sea depths to a height of 85m. A short walk from Filicudi Porto and an equally short ascent brings one to a prehistoric village, which is thought to have extended to the heights of Capo Graziano. From this perspective one gains a powerful insight into a strategic location for defence and flight from the maurading piratical raids that blighted the life of Filicudi's earliest inhabitants.

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Filicudi porto   Pecorini Mare   La Canna e l'isola sullo sfondo
A special thanks to Filicudi Eolie for this photos

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