If you are suffering from any kind of skin diseases, it is helpful to visit and stay for a few days in Vulcano Island. It is very near Sicily and easily reachable from Milazzo, a city in the north-east coast of Sicily.
The volcano is still active, although characterized by fumaroles and hot springs.
The island is one of the eight Aeolian Islands. According to mythology, the god of winds Aeolus lived in these islands. He kept the winds under control by locking up them in a leather bag.
Yesterday as soon as I landed on the island, I headed for a small pond which looked like quicksand. Many people smeared mud on their body. A lady told me that many years ago she had suffered from a skin disease that seemed incurable but thanks to the mud of this pond she got over. Ever since that time she comes to Vulcano for her holidays and enjoys the surreal atmosphere of this magic, mythological island.
Ettore Grillo, author of: