Aeolian Islands
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From Taormina: Lipari and Vulcano Mini Cruise Aeolian Tour

1. 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

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

3. 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

4. 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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What people are saying about Aeolian Islands

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 418 reviews

Bathing at the foot of a volcano and then seeing it pour lava is impressive

The first part is hard. Palmarés has a very small beach and far from the port, a limited number of restaurants are very hot and many people arrived at the same time (several boats full) which implies that if you do not bring food the best thing you can do is just set foot in land is looking for a place to eat. But it is worth paying this toll for the subsequent experience of reaching the island of Stromboli, bathing on the black beach at the foot of the volcano .. Tips. Be ready for boarding soon to go on the upper deck of the ship. Especially in the last section that you will see the eruptions. Do not catch macarronada. You will be eating school macaroons with reduced visibility while the volcano show takes place outside. Take sandwiches or buy arancinas or similar before in the boat bar. The organization is really good. Of course, there are many people and if in Spain the rows do not go very well, in Italy they are directly riots. Patience worth the pain

This was a wonderful trip. We went on August 5, leaving early morning from Taormina. The tour guide on the bus was excellent. She also made some of the announcements on the boat. She spoke English, German and Italian and took good care of us. The islands are beautiful and the boat tour around Vulcano and Lipari before disembarking was especially amazing. We took the 10 Euro bus/taxi tours around both islands and got to see some beautiful places. The drive around Lipari even allowed for a brief, 20 minute swim at a beach on the north of the island. Both of the bus/taxi excursions around the islands were in Italian, and we do not understand the language, but it was still worthwhile for us. I highly recommend this experience.

Super experience, really nice to be able to see the islands from the boat, Lipari with not much to visit but very nice and great for buying souvenirs, really top volcano if you are looking for a swim in clean and beautiful waters, the beach with sand black is easy and quick to reach once you land on the island, crystal clear water and perfect temperature, the beach with warm water is less exciting .. cloudy and not very clean water, however particular the fact of bathing in really hot water .

A great and rewarding experience. Climbing the Vulcano was a good time to master. Sturdy footwear is recommended. The sulfur fumes coming from the columns look impressive. Alexandra as a travel guide a gift: she answered all questions gladly, made an island tour on Lipari for interested and brought us closer to country and people.

Super nice trip. I can only recommend. Our guide went out of his way to explain everything to us. Gladly again an excursion with Get your Guide. Everything went just fine, including pickup directly from the hotel.