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The Residences

The building complex is divided into four portions:

  • The house known today as “ARIA” consists of: in the upper part, a body whose façade facing the sea is marked by two glass doors with a Neo-Gothic ogive arch in a late 1800’s style, rarely documented in the Aeolian Islands and preserved in the same way; in the lower part, by a body, originally a small shed, converted into a closed building and marked by three arches on the façade overlooking the sea.
  • The house known today as “FUOCO”, divided into two levels, the lower one of which was originally used as service quarters and the upper one as a residential area. The larger shed in front of the building has a different shape than the one depicted in images from the past.
  • The house known today as “TERRA” is also divided into two levels and a contemporary of the “FUOCO” building. On the northern end of the property there is a private road with steps, located near the house known today as “ACQUA”, and serves as a connection between the public road and the courtyard of the complex.
  • The house known today as “ACQUA”, located only on the ground floor at the same level as the courtyard, creates the closure on the northern end of the entire building complex.

The different consistency of the bodies of buildings, built around the pre-existing natural plateau overlooking the sea, used as a common courtyard, the presence of an external walkway for access to the beach and the other works, such as a small well, called the “carcara”, made of volcanic rocks for the production of lime, the arched bridge between the beach and the rocks below the building complex and a small warehouse connected to the lime and pumice production facility, transported by boats able to reach the warehouse from the sea by means of a small landing, made it possible to reconstruct the dual purpose of the complex and accommodate the production activities, typical of the island, in the bodies of buildings closer to the sea and the residential use of the spaces above, accessible from the path, today known as via Sparanello.