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The oval shaped Filicudi was known in the past as Phenicusa because of its abundant vegetation of ferns. One of seven islands that make up the Aeolian archipelago, it boasts a rugged and rocky landscape. There are three villages scattered in the island's eastern part, Valle Chiesa, Porto and Pecorini.
More About Filicudi Island
Filicudi was inhabited since ancient times, as evidenced by the remains of a prehistoric village at Capo Graziano, dating back to the Bronze Age. A network of mule tracks winding through old terraced fields and abandoned villages, allow hikers to explore the inland, which is protected by the Natural Reserve. The highest point is Fossa delle Felci (744 m), from where the view covers the whole Aeolian archipelago. The lower hills are Montagnola and Torrione.
Along the beautiful coasts there are cliffs and rocky ravines where swifts, wild pigeons and Eleonora falcons nest. Off the coast are some islets and stacks, including the one called La Canna, a finger-like rock that rises more than 70 meters above the sea. It's popular among divers for its deep waters rich in sea fans, populated by various fish. By boat you can reach the stunning Punta di Zucco Grande, whose walls are marked by "marine terraces" showing the island's ascension, and the famous Grotta del Bue Marino, made particularly impressive by the refraction of light and by the sea with its waives sounding like the cry of an ox.