Salina is one of the Aeolian islands, a group of seven volcanic islands just north of the main island of Sicily. On our first afternoon in these islands, a wander through the quiet streets of the town of Santa Marina on Salina saw us intrigued by the coloured doors of the homes and businesses. These doorways were just a hint of the vibrant scenes and vivid memories these islands would hold for us over the following week.
We recently spent just under two weeks in Sicily, with a week of that in the Aeolian Islands. There are so many great stories to tell, and wonderful photos to share of the beauty and atmosphere of these beautiful islands. I’ll be posting on many of these experiences in future weeks, but to start it off, I want to tell about our first afternoon in the town of Santa Marina on the island of Salina.
Salina is the second largest island of the Aeolian archipelago and the only one to have a natural fresh water supply which makes it a much more verdant island than the others.
It was late on Sunday afternoon when we arrived in Santa Marina and we had a wander along the streets. Many of the businesses were closed as it was Sunday, and towards the end of the usual middle-of-the-day downtime which is common to many parts of these islands (and much of Italy).
So we took the opportunity just to walk and take in the incredible detail of the buildings. So much colour and texture.
The vibrancy of the colours used in these islands would seem jarring in Australia, but here it is just right.
The town was like a jewel box.
And as the following week unfolded, we discovered that these islands do, indeed, hold a treasure of gems in the form of memorable experiences.
Check back over future weeks as I reveal the stories of these jewels.
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