In ancient times the island was called Therasia. Later, it was named Hiera, because it was sacred to the god Vulcan; whence its present-day name: Vulcano. According to Greek mythology, the island was home to the forges of Hephaestus, god of fire and blacksmith whose helpers were the Cyclops. The Romans called him Vulcan, a name that was later given to the island.
Over the years, the volcano has never ceased to show its vitality. Even today, in fact, a number of phenomena can be observed, such as the smoky fumaroles in the middle of the sea, bubbling with sulphureous mud with much appreciated therapeutic properties.
The island is beautiful to visit, both by land and by sea. Don’t miss the pool of thermal muds, a bath in its hot waters, heated by the hot gases released from the seabed, or the Black Sands beach, equipped with tourist facilities.
Finally, a climb to the crater. Once you get to the top, you can enjoy a spectacular view that will project you into a surreal world.
But you can reach the most beautiful sites only by boat: the Cavallo grotto, the Piscina di Venere—Venus’s pool—, the beaches to the south and the many coves to the west.