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Stromboli: Sunset Trekking at Sciara Del Fuoco

1. Stromboli: Sunset Trekking at Sciara Del Fuoco

Start your guided hiking adventure from the information desk of Piazza San Vincenzo. Depart 2 hours before sunset to admire the spectacular beauty along the side of the "Sciara del Fuoco." After a short briefing, hike to the highest observation point, at an altitude of 400m above sea level, reachable only accompanied by qualified volcanological guides. During the first 2 hours of trekking take 2 or 3 intermediate breaks to enjoy the view and, if you prefer, have the opportunity to capture the natural beauty of this wonderful landscape. Visit the old island cemetery and cross the typical Mediterranean bush. Upon reaching "Sciara del Fuoco", admire the spectacular "Strombolian" activity typical of the volcano. Finally, return to the starting point by crossing the typical Strombolian reed beds and the old mule track leading up to the crater.

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From Taormina: Lipari and Vulcano Mini Cruise Aeolian Tour

2. From Taormina: Lipari and Vulcano Mini Cruise Aeolian Tour

The Aeolian Islands are a fascinating volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Sicily. They are named after Aeolus, the demigod of the winds.  Lipari is the biggest, most populated Aeolian Island and has historically been the most significant. Lipari offers a grand archaeological museum housed in the buildings around the Duomo. Also impressive are the white shiny pumice quarries, which, overlooking the sea, give the water an amazing turquoise hue. Vulcano, which gives its name to all volcanoes, is particularly famous for its sulfurous mud baths and its smoking main crater. A man named Stevenson lived on Vulcano until the last major eruption in 1888. He never returned although his villa is still visible and intact. The tour departs from Taormina by bus to Milazzo harbour on the North coast of Sicily then continues by private boat to Lipari. In Lipari there is plenty of time to visit the old town center, to see the interesting archaeological park or simply shop for souvenirs. Guests then transfer by boat to the island of Vulcano for a second stop. Here there is the possibility to swim in the warm sulphureous seawater, have a mud bath, or enjoy the beach and have a delicious lunch (optional). On the way back, the tour follows the coastline to see the Faraglioni Rocks, the Horse Cave and the Mermaid's Rock.

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From Taormina: Chic Panarea and Stromboli Full-day Tour

3. From Taormina: Chic Panarea and Stromboli Full-day Tour

Take a tour of Stromboli and Panarea, both belonging to the Aeolian Archipelago.  Enjoy this is unique chance to see volcanic eruptions and learn the history of these ancient islands. On a private motor boat equipped with toilets and bar, you will arrive at Panarea onto Calajunco Bay and the small Zimmari Beach. Take in the quiet beauty of these stunning beaches as you explore the second smallest of the islands. Meander along its winding streets and gravel beaches, taking in the the perfect Sicilian backdrop.  Back on board again and sail around the rocks in front of Panarea and then proceed to Stromboli, home to one of Italy’s 3 active volcanoes. Constantly active, you will be able to see the eruptions from the sea and the many viewing points on the island. This spectacular phenomenon has given the island the nickname of 'Lighthouse of the Mediterranean'. After looking over the small village of Ginostra from the sea, you have the chance to explore the historical center of San Vincenzo until sunset. Back on board guests sail out to sea to watch the dramatic eruptions of the Sciara del Fuoco, fire slide, against the night’s sky. 

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Lipari: Vulcano, Panarea and Stromboli Boat Tour

4. Lipari: Vulcano, Panarea and Stromboli Boat Tour

In the morning you will set the route to the island of Vulcano, where, aboard the boat, you will coast and admire the Grotta del Cavallo and the famous Pool of Venus. Then dock at Porto di Levante and visit the village of Vulcano, the thermal mud lake and the beach of the hot sulphurous waters. Then, embark to visit Panarea. From the boat, you can admire the splendid bay of Cala Junco. After the visit, continue sailing towards Basiluzzo, the largest islet, and then reach Stromboli. At sunset, leave for a tour of Strombolicchio, while you drink a good glass of local Malvasia. Witness the spectacular eruptions of Stromboli and then return to Lipari.

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From Lipari: Panarea and Stromboli Boat Excursion

5. From Lipari: Panarea and Stromboli Boat Excursion

Spend the day on a memorable boat excursion through the Aeolian Islands. Enjoy the afternoon and evening exploring quaint villages and seeing stunning landscapes of the Mediterranean. Meet in Lipari and aboard your boat to begin your excursion through the Aeolian Islands. Have impressive views as you go along the pumice quarries and Monte Rosa. Head towards the island of Panarea, the smallest of the Aeolian islands. Admire the beautiful bay of Cala Junco before docking and have some free time to wander around the village. After time on Panarea, resume your boat excursion along Basiluzzo, the largest islet of Panarea, and the village of Ginostra before reaching the port of Stromboli. Arrive in Stromboli and be overwhelmed by the wild colors of nature. From the green scrub of the Mediterranean to the black volcanic landscape, from the blue frame of the sea to the white architecture of the island, the imagery of the island is one you won't forget. Have some free time to visit Stromboli and when the sun goes down, cruise around the islet of Strombolicchio. At dusk have your breath taken away as the active volcano magnifies its natural sounds in the dark of the evening.  Go along the Sciara del Fuoco before returning to Lipari.

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Lipari: Boat Tour of Vulcano Island with Disembarkation Stop

6. Lipari: Boat Tour of Vulcano Island with Disembarkation Stop

Meet your skipper in Lipari and embark on your trip around the island of Vulcano and the Vulcanello Peninsula. Admire the fantastic island from the sea and then sail around the peninsula. See the Grotta del Cavallo, the Piscina di Venere, and the Testa del Leone, before docking at the port on the island. Visit the nearby thermal mud lake and take a relaxing bath in its sulfurous waters. Enjoy a meal in the nearby village, visit the black sand beach, or climb up Vulcano to the crater to experience breathtaking views of the entire archipelago.

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From Lipari: Boat Tour to Salina with Stops

7. From Lipari: Boat Tour to Salina with Stops

Explore Lipari and Salina of the Aeolian Islands archipelago on this boat tour. Stop in Salina to visit the town of Santa Marina and the small village of Lingua. Discover some of the most magical corners of Lipari, most accessible via boat. First, head out to explore Lipari from the water. Spot Monte Rosa (also “Mount Rosa”), the village of Canneto, white beaches, and more. After a few minutes of sailing, see Pumice Beach with its turquoise waters. Then, arrive at the village of Acquacalda, where you can admire the white pumice caves from the sea. Next, move away from Lipari and sail towards Salina, where you will stop to visit and independently explore the town of Santa Marina and the village of Lingua on foot. In the bay of Pollara, the semicircle shape and high, layered walls of an ancient half-submerged crater give off the impression of a natural amphitheater. The bay is famous for some scenes from the latest masterpiece film by Massimo Troisi: "Il Postino" (“The Postman”). After your stop in Santa Marina Salina, stop in Lingua, a small seaside village with a natural salt lake. The last surprise will be the west of Lipari, which is mostly accessible from the sea. Caves, bays, and strange rock formations will follow one after the other. Immerse yourself in this unique landscape before the conclusion of the tour.

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From Salina: Private Boat Tour to Panarea and Stromboli

8. From Salina: Private Boat Tour to Panarea and Stromboli

Immerse yourself in the glitz and glamour of the Aeolian Islands on a private boat tour. Meet your captain at the Salina Marina Salina port and embark on an exclusive private tour of Panarea and Stromboli with a modern boat. Throughout your tour you can visit the coasts of the islands of Panarea and Stromboli, both of which contain many stops to swim. You can will also be free to discover the areas' villages and walk along the characteristics streets. In the afternoon you will to stop with the boat for an aperitive close to the area where is possible to observe the eruptions of the volcano of Stromboli. You'll also enjoy lunch on board, and after approximately 8 hours you will make your way back to your tour starting point.

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From Milazzo: Lipari and Vulcano Day Trip

9. From Milazzo: Lipari and Vulcano Day Trip

Discover the 2 beautiful Liparian Islands north of the coast of Sicily. Begin your tour at 9:30 AM at the Port of Milazzo and set out along the foothills of Capo Milazzo to Lipari. Explore the land with its wonderful old town and archaeological park. Walk down the little streets and wander into tiny shops. Admire the impressive needle- and cone-shaped rock formations of Faraglioni, the Pope John Cliff, the Angels' Grotto and the Mummy Cliff. Then return to your ship and continue on to the island of Vulcano. Relax here in the sulfuric mud spa or on the dreamlike black sand beach, or enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. On your way back to Milazzo, enjoy a last view of the picturesque town of Gelso with its antique lighthouse.

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Aeolian Islands: Active Volcano Tour

10. Aeolian Islands: Active Volcano Tour

Experience a full-day tour of the Aeolian Islands, which form one of the most active geological structures in the Mediterranean area. The Archipelago of the Aeolian Islands consists of seven exquisite islands off the coast of Sicily - Lipari, Panarea, Vulcano, Stromboli, Salina, Alicudi, and Filicudi - in addition to smaller islets and giant boulders. They all emerge from an uncontaminated sea, created by still-active volcanoes (Stromboli and Vulcano), and blessed by a savage beauty. The Islands, the destination for tens of thousands of tourists annually, are part of the Province of Messina. Departing from Milazzo, sail to Vulcano and stop for 4 hours on the white and black beaches and climb the crater of Vulcano. Then depart from Vulcano to Panarea, the smallest of the islands. Soak up the beautiful atmosphere of the island as you stroll around the narrow streets of its historic center. Afterward, pay a visit to the prehistoric village of Capo Milazzese, where you can learn more about Panarea's ancient origins. Visiting Cala Junco Bay is a must - a spectacular beach shaped like an amphitheater ideal for underwater swimming. Finally, relax on the sandy beach of Cala degli Zimmari before continuing your journey. Sail through the picturesque inlets which form a micro-archipelago between Lipari and the island of Stromboli, your next stop. Visit Saint Vincent’s Square and the house in which Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman lived during the shooting of the film "Stromboli terra di Dio" (Stromboli land of God). As the sun sets over the island, enjoy panoramic views of the port and volcanoes from the main square. Watch as the fire of the eruptions and the dark sky clash with each other providing ever-changing colorful creations in the Sciara del Fuoco.

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What people are saying about Aeolian Islands

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 1,036 reviews

The tour started 30mins late, but once we got hiking it was great. The tour guide spoke English and Italian and was very friendly, knowledgeable and responsible. The hike was nice and the view of the volcano was of course spectacular. The hike back down in darkness was quite an experience as well. I would recommend shoes with good grip and a light jacket or sweater against the wind up there.

Very beautiful, totally relaxed boat tour. Nice people, friendly staff. We’ve got the essential information about the island. Nothing more (no music, no advertising..), what we appreciated a lot! Thank you.

Very good, you absolutely have to do it to enjoy Stromboli. In addition, the guide provides valuable geological information. Thanks again !!!

Une expérience unique qui vaut vraiment le coup d’être vécue ! Bon encadrement de la part des guides! Paysages à couper le souffle

After 2 hours of effort the reward with 5-6 explosions during the hour that we stay at the top