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With just over 37 sq km of area, not only the largest of the Eolian Islands, but it is also its heart.
Its maximum length is 9.5 Km is about 42 miles from the coast of Sicily. The island is mountainous and rugged, it reaches maximum altitude with Mount Chirica (602 m), followed by Mount St. Angelo (594 m). His village lies at the foot of the impressive Castle, the only Greek Acropolis, and along the creeks, north and south of Marina Lunga and Marina Corta. In these two villages to the landing place for ships and hydrofoils.
The island has been shaped by twelve volcanoes. Its volcanic nature is evident in the Valle Muria, red rocks, and the northeast coast, covered with a vast cast of pumice. On this mountain of white cream intersect the three casts of obsidian of Old Forge, the Rocche Rosse, and the oldest north of Canneto.
Among the economic activities there is the extraction of pumice, with an industrial, unique in the Aeolian Islands. The economy is mainly based on tourism and fishing.
Logistically it is the center of the archipelago and it is the islands which is easier to move around and make trips a day to come and go during the day from the other islands by ordinary means such as ships and hydrofoils.