Aeolian Islands, Italia

Jun 17, 2019 - Sea Cloud


We spent our day cruising between the Aeolian Islands—a volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Sicily, named after Aeolus, god of the winds. Rising out of the cobalt blue sea, the seven small islands (Vulcano, Lipari, Salina, Panarea, Stromboli, Filicudi, and Alicudi, each one with its own distinct character) make up a UNESCO-protected area—a piece of paradise that offers relaxation, watersports, hiking, biking, and more. We visit Lipari, the largest one, and began our sightseeing with a drive that circumnavigated the island, giving us great views of the neighboring volcanoes.

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Patrycja O'Brien

Assistant Expedition Leader

Patrycja O’Brien was born and raised in Poland, when the borders during the communist time where still closed and travelling was only a dream that could never come true. So following her interests in biology and biochemistry she earned a Master’s degree in biotechnology and also studied languages, fitness and dance. As soon as the times had changed, she completely changed her life, leaving an established carrier in logistics management of a big international company to pursue her travel inspirations, which found her working for a few different travel companies. She lived in Egypt, Cuba and finally southern Spain. It was there that she joined Lindblad Expeditions – National Geographic as assistant expedition leader on Mediterranean and Caribbean sailing voyages in 2008. She likes scuba diving and her biggest interests are whales and dolphins so in her free time between contracts she used to work as a whale-watching guide in Baja California in Mexico.

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Massimo Bassano

National Geographic Photographer

Massimo Bassano has worked as a freelance photojournalist since 1990. His work appears in National Geographic Traveler and National Geographic online edition, as well as many publications throughout Europe. Massimo's photographic subjects know no bounds—his recent assignments have covered social issues, international travel, fitness and health, fashion, and portraiture. In 2004, he was awarded a Ph.D. in journalism from the Italian Association of Journalism.

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