Discover the power and beauty of nature by joining our walkings on the Aeolian island of Filicudi – All year round Saturday walks in Italian for small groups!
In 1997 three quarters of the 9.5 km2 island was turned into a Conservation Area. The Aeolian archipelago became a «World Heritage» area.
The number of lovers of this unspoiled jewel in the Mediterranean Sea with its 4000 years-old Greek-Roman history is increasing steadily.
The Excursion starts in Valdichiesa, leading on ancient mule trails into the Natural Reservation. High above the populated part of the island, in the shade of an old St.John's tree we learn more about those who created this garden of Eden - and why they left for the USA and Australia.
1200 feet above sea level we reach the top of Montagnola, the long extinct volcano, from where we enjoy the superb panorama. Sitting in the sunset we look out for the boat which brought Ulysses and his men to this mythological place – some thousand years ago. On our way back, we may have a look at a sculpturer's artwork.
Price per person:
2–8 persons€ 38.-
9–12 persons€ 25.-
from 13 persons€ 20.-
Special prices and arrangements for groups up to 20 people on request
Included in this price is the historical and botanical information as well as the taxi service from the harbour to Valdichiesa
Botanics (from old Olive trees to healing herbs, etc.) Filicudi Flora (PDF)
Animals (from the Gecko to the endemic Eleanor Falcon)
History (4000 years of civilization and current local daily life)
Every Monday in spring and fall (rain date: Thursday). There are also all year round Saturday walks in Italian for pre-booked groups
Every Saturday for italian speaking groups (Tour by Franco Cappadona)
People 10 or older in average shape. Please do wear good hiking boots since some trails ar rocky and slippery! A minimum of 4 participants per tour is necessary. Maximum of 15 to 20 people. The length of the walk is 3.75 miles (6 kilometers). Difference in altitude: 330 feet (100 meters).
Be sure to bring plenty of drinking water, as well as a hat! Approximate duration of the trip: 3½ hours
At the Cupola (chapel) at the end of the street from Valdichiesa (see picture below).
Return around 1:30pm
Languages: English, German, French, Italian
Chapel and village of Valdichiesa
Orlando among a group of hikers
Special prices and arrangements for groups up to 20 people on request.
For example: Lunch walk for andy tourists on Filicudi (bring your own lunch)
Arrival in Filicudi 9:15am. The taxi from the harbor up to Valdichiesa is free
Departure for the walk 10am. Return 1:30pm
Lunch in a restaurant on Rocca di Ciavole is possible as is a visit on your own of Capo Graziano
Leaving Filicudi with Aliscaph/Ship 4pm. Arrival in Lipari around 5 pm
Longer and more difficult excursions to the top of the island (4 hours); a 2-hour-easy-walk to the ghost village of Zuccho Grande; and a wilderness trip to Siccagni (6 hours) can be organized with local guides.
Engravings from 1873, done by the natural scientist, researcher and chronicler Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Habsburg-Austria
Ludwig Archduke of Habsburg found his Paradise on Mallorca: