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Thursday, October 14th, 2010


Label to the Sicilian school

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Eolian products

Friday, May 21st, 2010

In Lipari

Obsidian is a volcanic glass whose formation is due to the rapid cooling of lava.
Inside the volcano, temperatures and pressures are so high as to melt, giving rise to silicate lava. The lava in contact with air cools very rapidly, giving rise to obsidian. The rapid cooling does not allow atoms to form an ordered crystal. Obsidian is a natural glass, similar to that of human production. It is used to make necklaces and valuable types of  arms.


Pumice  is a textural term for a volcanic rock that is a solidified frothy lava typically created when super-heated, highly pressurized rock is violently ejected from a volcano. It can be formed when lava and water are mixed. This unusual formation is due to the simultaneous actions of rapid cooling and rapid depressurization. The depressurization creates bubbles by lowering the solubility of gases (including water and CO2) dissolved in the lava, so that they rapidly exsolve (like the bubbles of CO2 that appear when a carbonated drink is opened). The simultaneous cooling then freezes the bubbles in the matrix.


Pumice is widely used to make lightweight concrete or insulative low-density breeze blocks. When used as an additive for cement, a fine-grained version of pumice  is mixed with lime to form a light-weight, smooth, plaster-like concrete. It is also used as an abrasive, especially in polishes, pencil erasers, cosmetic exfoliants, and the production of stone-washed jeans. “Pumice stones” are often used in beauty salons during the pedicure process to remove dry and excess skin from the bottom of the foot as well as calluses. Finely ground pumice is added to some toothpastes and heavy-duty hand cleaners (such as Lava soap) as a mild abrasive.

This is a cave for the extrction of pumice in Lipari.

Recently this extraction has been forbidden to preserve

the site as it belongs to the Unesco Heritage, but many

workers lost their job making this decision unpopular in the


FOOD and Specialities

The Tuna

A typical product of the island of Vulcano is tuna .
The tuna is fished in the sea of the Aeolian Islands with the technique of “Conzo” in varieties Alalunga and bluefin tuna.

Cuts are obtained by separation of interiors, the stomach and fillets that are subjected to cooking and drying in a sterile environment.
Packaged in glass jars, the only ingredients are tuna, olive oil and sea salt.
It ‘a product whose meat is soft and tasty, very different from the normal tuna in oil.

Tuna is used in a variety of recipes for pasta and salads.