What to see in the Aeolian Islands?
The Aeolian Islands are located in Sicily, which is one of the most visited regions in Italy and one of the best that tells the story of this fantastic country. Sicily has legacies from different peoples and its mixture of culture is very interesting. Let’s get to our post of the day! What to see in the Aeolian Islands? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patriciayou make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
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The Aeolian Islands, or also called Isole Eolie – in Italian – the Lipari Islands, in Sicily, are attracting more and more tourists and it is not difficult to understand why: the almost untouched nature of this piece of paradise on earth enchants even the most demanding eyes. The blue sea that frames the archipelago formed by 7 volcanic islands, conquer even the most demanding tourist, but, do you know which are the islands that form this beauty of nature? The islands that make up this natural beauty are: Lipari, Stromboli, Vulcano, Panarea, Alicudi, Salina and Filicudi. Let’s talk, briefly, about each one of them and start with the most famous of all: Lipari. How about an one-day trip to the Aeolian Islands from Tropea? Click here to learn more!
1) What to see in the Aeolian Islands? VISIT LIPARI
Lipari is the largest and most famous island in the archipelago. The mountain range surrounded by the sea has its center at the foot of the beautiful Castle, which was once a Greek city. With its 12 thousand inhabitants, the island is full of life, offering great options of coastline, history, culture and nature. It is even a great city to use as a base if you want to spend a few days in the region. Once in Lipari, be sure to visit the Castle, which we mentioned earlier, the Archaeological Museum, the WONDERFUL Mount of Pumice Stones and the Church of the Souls in Purgatory. Access to the island is, of course, through the sea and, in the region of the island’s marina, there are bars, restaurants and several very special shops. Learn more about Lipari!
2) What to see in the Aeolian Islands? VISIT STROMBOLI
Next, we’ll talk about Stromboli. Stromboli is the most active European volcano and its eruptions are frequent, lasting about 1 to 1 ½ hours. When you are awake giving its shows, it can be scary, but it is stunningly beautiful! With a height of 900 meters, it is possible to reach a maximum height of 400 meters if you want to see this “beauty monster” up close! ALWAYS WITH A GUIDE! Do not venture there alone. It is very dangerous! Stromboli by Night
At night, while there are eruptions, the lava strip (Sciara del Fuoco) that runs down its side is a spectacle that delights tourists and stands out in the immensity of the night. In Stromboli, you can visit the Cinema Museum, Piazza San Vincenzo (San Vincenzo Square), the Strombolicchio lighthouse and stroll along Via Vittorio Emanuele, perhaps one of the most important in the city. Read more about Stromboli by clicking here!
With panoramic sea views, 300 square meters of terraces surrounded by gardens and seven suites, the elegant summer mansion of Italian designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, on the island of Stromboli, went on sale. The mansion was the scene of many parties and events with many rich and important people. Strolling through the Aeolian Islands it is sometimes possible to see the luxury launch of the stylists circulating in the region!
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3) What to see in the Aeolian Islands? VISIT VULCANO
In Vulcano, the main attraction is, of course, its volcano. The trail that leads to its crater is impressive and offers incredible panoramas. During your ascent you can see the Vulcanello peninsula, Lipari, Filicudi, Panarea and Stromboli. The climb is not the smoothest, as the terrain is quite rugged, moreover, the closer to the crater, the greater the smell of sulfur, which can make some people sick, but the view from the top is AMAZING and makes every step be worth! It looks like a painting, a work of art that enchants and commands respect due to its immensity. It is also interesting to visit the pools of hot mud (or fango) known for their therapeutic properties. Read more about Vulcano by clicking here!
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4) What to see in the Aeolian Islands? VISIT PANAREA
Panarea is the smallest of all the islands. It has (only!) 300 inhabitants and is ideal for those who want to escape the fervent movement of the tourist mass. However, this peace has a price: a hotel here can cost up to 800 euros per night, because it does not offer many accommodation options, but, if you make a point of staying in a peaceful and quiet place, it might be a worthwhile investment. The most visited spot on the island is Cala Junco, a natural pool that impresses with the hue of the water and its unparalleled beauty. In the city center, there are great options for local craft stores and it’s great for buying souvenirs! Read more about Panarea by clicking here!
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5) What to see in the Aeolian Islands? VISIT ALICUDI
We will leave for another island, Alicudi. The island has 110 inhabitants and, from a tourist point of view, it is not yet fully able to receive them, but it does it with mastery – even with few resources. The slopes of the island and its beaches full of charm that present us with cinematic panoramas. If you don’t want to visit numerous tourist attractions such as monuments, churches and squares, this could be your island! Great for those who want contact with nature, beach, sun and tranquility.
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6) What to see in the Aeolian Islands? VISIT SALINA
Now, let’s talk about Salina. Salina is queen of the production of the traditional wine of the region, the (delicious!) Malvasia. It is a dessert wine, but it goes well anytime. The special feature of this wine is the grape: it is made with raisins and the grapes are dried under the sun, without any human interference. It is also possible to visit some wineries and learn more about the product that moves the region. Be sure to visit Pollara, the scene of famous films such as Il Postino (“The Postman”). Another interesting point to visit is Punta Scario, which presents a sea with a blue almost personalized for that little piece of beauty on earth.
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7) What to see in the Aeolian Islands? VISIT FILICUDI
To conclude the list, let’s go to Filicudi. Again, the sea is the main attraction next to the mountains. The island has SPECTACULAR beaches and mountains that make up the landscape in an incredible way! With its 774 meters of altitude, it is ideal for those who enjoy long walks, contact with nature in its purest and almost untouched form, in addition to peace and tranquility. Don’t miss the Villaggio Neolitico di Capo Graziano and the Grotto: they are beautiful!
(Source: LUCA VALENTI PALAZZOTTO VPH)
When is the best time to visit the Aeolian Islands?
Well, being a beach destination, of course the best period is summer, however, during the high Italian summer, which is between July and August, many cities are CROWDED. As they are not so big, everything is very tumultuous, a lot people for little space. Therefore, two great months to visit the islands are June, when the heat is not yet at its maximum, but the hot days please those who want to spend the day by the sea, and September, when the tourist crowd has already left the region.
Everything is quieter: transportation, accommodation, restaurants, beaches and tourist attractions. It is not a good idea to go to the islands during the winter, for example, because most places will be closed, including hotels. Therefore, it is very complicated to stay and it is difficult even to go out to lunch and dinner, as there is almost nothing open. Discover our section on Climate in Italy and find out when is the best time to travel in Italy!
How to get to the Islands?
1) How to get to the Islands? BY TRAIN
The best starting point for reaching the islands is Milazzo. To get there you can go by train, leaving Messina or Palermo. You can also leave Catania or Taormina by train, but arriving in Messina you need to change trains.
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2) How to get to the Islands? BY CAR
If you are driving, use the A20 highway. Well signposted, just follow the road signs. Arriving in Milazzo, it is necessary to use a sea transport, of course! The company responsible for transport by sea is Siremar.
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3) How to get to the Islands? BY BUS
You can go by bus, leaving directly from Catania airport. The company responsible for operating the section is Giunta Bus and you can check more information, such as timetables, by clicking here. The trip is a little long, two hours, and the round-trip ticket costs 30 euros.
4) How to get to the Islands? BY BOAT
It is also possible to go directly by boat from Reggio Calabria, Tropea, Palermo and Messina. The trip is much longer and there are few schedules available, but it is a great option for those who like to travel by sea. The company responsible for the service is Liberty and, to learn more, click here!
How to get around the Islands?
To get around the islands, there are options for renting scooters, quads and taxis (in golf carts) that work well there. In Vulcano and Paranea, it is best to get around on foot. To go from one island to the other, at the port of embarkation / disembarkation of each island there are boats that leave at different times for the neighboring islands and vice versa.
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What to see in the Aeolian Islands? The Sicilian archipelago is one of the most beautiful in the world! It offers several options for the most varied groups of tourists! It is important to know that you should never go on walks that lead to ‘the mouth of the volcano’ alone! Always hire a specialized guide, because, in case of an emergency or a ‘surprise’ eruption, they know exactly how to act and what to do, ok? Don’t risk it!
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