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Stromboli: Sunset Trekking at Sciara Del Fuoco

1. Stromboli: Sunset Trekking at Sciara Del Fuoco

Embark on a hiking adventure with a guide to discover Stromboli Island during sunset. Take in the typical Mediterranean nature as you walk. Stop to marvel at breathtaking views of the island, sea, and Mount Stromboli. Once the sun set, see the active volcano light up the night sky. This hiking adventure starts from the info point Ashàra located in Piazza San Vincenzo. Departure scheduled about 2 hours before sunset to admire the spectacular beauty along the side of Sciara del Fuoco and enjoy the typical Strombolian explosions. After a briefing, the hike will begin through a nature trail that will lead us up to 400mt ( maximum limit allowed by the authorities to ensure maximum safety), excellent observation point of the summit craters and Sciara del Fuoco. During the trekking we will make some intermediate breaks to enjoy the view, we will visit the old island cemetery, we will cross the typical Mediterranean scrubs, accompanied by the constant view of Strombolicchio. Once reached the Sciara del Fuoco, we will stop to admire the wonderful sunset that colors the Aeolian archipelago red and the spectacular "strombolian" activity with its explosions that shine in the night sky. Return downhill in the dark equipped with torches to the starting point through the typical reeds of the island and the old mule track

From Milazzo: Lipari and Vulcano Day Trip

2. From Milazzo: Lipari and Vulcano Day Trip

See the stunning Aeolian Archipelago on a day trip to the islands of Vulcano and Lipari from Milazzo. Take a boat to Lipari and go on a walk in the Old Town. Then, sail to the UNESCO-listed chain of volcanic islands. Enjoy a mud bath in Vulcano, swim in the Tyrrhenian Sea, or relax on the beach.  Discover the 2 beautiful Liparian Islands north of the coast of Sicily. Begin your tour in the morning 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, 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 one last view of the picturesque town of Gelso with its antique lighthouse.

From Milazzo: Panarea and Stromboli Boat Trip by Night

3. From Milazzo: Panarea and Stromboli Boat Trip by Night

Experience the glitz and glamour of the Aeolian Islands on this full-day tour. Departing from Milazzo, sail to Panarea, the smallest of the islands. Soak up the glamorous atmosphere of the island, favored by VIPs, 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. You must also visit Cala Junco Bay, a spectacular beach in the shape of an amphitheater that is ideal for underwater swimming. Finally, relax on the sandy beach of Cala degli Zimmari before continuing your journey. Having left Panarea, sail through the picturesque inlets which form a micro-archipelago between Lipari and the island of Stromboli, your next stop. Enjoy some free time to discover this island, which is home to one of the most active volcanoes in the world, at your own pace. Visit Saint Vincent’s Square, named after the church dedicated to the same Saint, 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, which will be visible from the sea during the return journey.

From Tropea: Day Tour to the Aeolian Islands

4. From Tropea: Day Tour to the Aeolian Islands

Visit 3 of the most beautiful Aeolian Islands on this day tour from Tropea. Climb aboard the comfortable excursion boat to start your adventure. Your first destination is Vulkano, the southernmost island whose sulphur baths are known for their medicinal properties. Spend 90 minutes on the island and explore it as you wish before continuing on the tour. On the largest Aeolian Island of Lipari, you can enjoy the sight of colorful fishing boats in the harbor and admire the views of the city. The castle towers high above the town, and the streets on either side are decorated with flowers of the Marina Corta and Marina Lunga districts. Further inland you will find caper bushes, pumice stone mines, and fantastic viewpoints. You have the option of taking a bus tour or exploring the island on your own. Afterward, you will head to the volcanic island of Stromboli with one of the highest volcanoes in Europe. Watch the fantastic eruptions with plumes of smoke and let yourself be drawn under the spell of this natural spectacle. Visit the village of San Vincenzo, which attracted Ingrid Bergman and Rossellini. Stroll through the small boutiques and souvenir shops, enjoy an “aperitivo”, or bathe in the crystal-clear water.

From Tropea: Panarea and Stromboli Day Tour

5. From Tropea: Panarea and Stromboli Day Tour

DEPARTURE 11:00 a.m. from the Port of Tropea (It is necessary to show up at the embarkation point at least 30 minutes earlier to check in). ARRIVAL at Panarea 13:00 hours ,stop about h 2:45 the most mundane of the Islands. The disembarkation point is San Pietro, home of the main dated center. Passing through the characteristic streets, filled with stores, clubs and restaurants, taking the road upstream, you can reach the small church of San Pietro, patron saint of the island and protector of fishermen, from there you can also enjoy an extraordinary panoramic view. We also recommend visiting the prehistoric village of Capo Malattese and the famous beach of Cala Junco (take a vehicle because it is about a 45-minute walk from the center) (Optional tour at a cost of 10€ to admire the uninhabited coves and islets, the famous Basiluzzo) DEPARTURE from Panarea 3:45 p.m. ARRIVAL at Stromboli 4:45 pm, stop for about h 3:30 visit the active volcano with black sand beaches and the charming village of San Vincenzo, possibility of shopping and dining on the Island. DEPARTURE from Stromboli 8:10 pm, before sunset to reach the " SCIARA DEL FUOCO". Stop approx. 30 minutes, in front of the Sciara, to admire the activity of the Volcano. ARRIVAL at the Port of Tropea 10:30 p.m.

From Taormina: Chic Panarea and Stromboli Day Tour

6. From Taormina: Chic Panarea and Stromboli Day Tour

Take a tour of Stromboli and Panarea, both belonging to the Aeolian Archipelago. Enjoy this unique chance to see volcanic eruptions and learn the history of these ancient islands. On a private motorboat equipped with toilets and bar, 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 perfect Sicilian backdrop.  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 '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. 

From Lipari: Panarea and Stromboli Boat Excursion

7. 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.

From Taormina: Lipari and Vulcano Mini Cruise Aeolian Tour

8. 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 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.

From Tropea: Stromboli, Lipari, Vulcano Guided Day Tour

9. From Tropea: Stromboli, Lipari, Vulcano Guided Day Tour

Boarding from the port of Tropea and after about two hours of navigation, docking in San Vincenzo, a typical village with its characteristic white houses and Aeolian architecture. In the immediate vicinity of the landing there are the suggestive black beaches, where it is possible to swim. Free time allows you to have an aperitif or to dine in a room with a sea view, to stroll through the narrow streets of the picturesque town, to go and visit the church of San Vincenzo or the Operational Center of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology on the Seafront or to observe the traditional fishermen. Second stop of the tour is Lipari, the queen of the Aeolian Islands. It is the largest island and seat of the municipality that also administers the other islands, with the exception of Salina. On the hill, a sheer lava rock that separates the two bays of Marina Corta and Marina Lunga, it is possible to visit the Aeolian Regional Museum, one of the most important in Italy, located within the walls of the fortified castle with a spectacular view of the coast. Also not to be missed are the Greek-Roman Acropolis and the Cathedral of San Bartolomeo of Norman origin. The historic center offers a variety of shops where you can spend your time shopping. A few hundred meters south of Lipari is the suggestive island of Vulcano, the last stop on our tour. According to Greek mythology, the forges of Hephaestus, the Greek god of fire, were located here. The reason is obvious: fumaroles and jets of steam can be observed at the top of the active Fossa volcano and under the sea water. Vulcano creates a particular, almost ancestral relationship between the island and the visitor. The island is the ideal place for trekking lovers, who will be able to reach the top of the crater to enjoy a priceless landscape

Lipari: Boat Tour of Vulcano Island with Disembarkation Stop

10. 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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What people are saying about Aeolian Islands

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 982 reviews

Well, everything was really up to our expectations. Boarding was on time and smooth, even though boat was quite full. Plenty of seating available, even if sharing table. Temperature on the boat was very good, due to the constant breeze. Fresh snacks and beverage available at decent prices. Information given in multiple languages, with detailed and knowledgeable comments from the guides. Amazing scenery around the Eolian Islands and beautiful walks in Panarea and Stromboli (plus the amazing volcanic sand beach in Stromboli, right by the harbor). Plenty of food options, especially in Stromboli. Volcano also presented itself with a couple of small eruptions, however still spectacular.

The tour was totally worth it even though the ferry ride is long... the ferry was beautiful and well stocked. The only suggestion I have is to make sure the guide doesn't forget to translate to English. The guide forgot to speak in English several times and she was supposed to do it.

Salina is very attractive. It was also interesting to sail around the whole of Lipari.

Perfect crew and trip, but it was a pity that was in Italian only. Recommended tho!

wonderful hike, though a bit tough for the children