Pollara’s Belvedere viewpoint in Salina – Aeolian Islands Travel Guide

STORY BY TOMMASO RAGONESE
PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARCO CRUPI

Il tramonto dal Belvedere di Pollara sull'isola di Salina

I’ve often heard from people that the most amazing sunset they’ve ever seen was the one from Pollara’s Belvedere. I cannot guarantee that that will hold true for everyone, but I can testify to the fact that the famous viewpoint in Salina offers a most memorable sight, especially at dusk.

Il tramonto dal Belvedere di Pollara sull'isola di Salina

The Faraglione (crag) and the islands of Filicudi and Alicudi on the horizon.

Semaforo di Pollara

The ‘Semaforo’ watchtower.

At the Belvedere you’ll find a small area just where the road begins to descend towards the village. Just above a small public area overlooking the bay you’ll see an old navy watchtower known as ‘Semaforo Di Pollara‘.

Filicudi ed Alicudi viste dal Belvedere di Pollara sull'isola di Salina

Filicudi and Alicudi.

The view is nothing short of breathtaking: at sunset the houses of the village of Pollara, a handful of buildings erected on the remains of a collapsed volcanic crater, are whelmed by an orange, surreal light which floods the entire bay, with the Faraglione standing alone amid its tranquil waters. To the west, at a distance of 15 and 27 miles respectively, the islands of Filicudi and Alicudi.

The easiest way to get to the Belvedere is by car or scooter (or even by bicycle). You can bring your own from the mainland or rent a scooter in Santa Marina from where taxis and buses also depart for Pollara.

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