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Aeolian Islands (Isole Eolie)

Aeolian Islands (Isole Eolie)

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Aeolian Islands, Sicily

The Basics

The Aeolian Islands are popular during summer, when their beaches and fishing villages fill with tourists. The largest island, Lipari, is the main transportation hub for boats and ferries to the other islands. A few of the islands, such as Stromboli, still have active volcanoes. You can visit the islands on a day trip from Sicily by boat tour, or on a helicopter tour that includes Mt. Etna or Taormina.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Sicily

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Nice trip but can be better !
Antoine_R, Aug 2021
THE VOLCANOES OF THE AEOLIAN ISLANDS 1 day tour from MILAZZO (SICILY)
The best part of the trip was the Island Panarea and Stromboli. Very atypical ! But the return trip is really too long.. about 3 hours by night. But the good thing is that they waited for the volcano to gush and it was beautiful ! It’s a nice trip but can be better (less time on Vulcano Island, more informations about the activities on the island, Guide only in Italian and English...)
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Great experience!!! BUT no French
Petra_N, Aug 2021
THE VOLCANOES OF THE AEOLIAN ISLANDS 1 day tour from MILAZZO (SICILY)
Great experience!!! Trip was really nice and well organized. The staff on board and in the office was professional and nice. The choice and prices for food and drinks on board were reasonable. The three stops (Vulcano, Lipari - instead of Panarea due to sudden local COVID closure, Stromboli) were well planned and worth to visit..... and Stromboli eruptions in the night were just amazing !!!! The trip is really worth of price and time. !!! However, don't expect any French audio on board !!! All the explanations were in Italian and English, NO French!! It's senseless to offer this trip with French audio that we have selected.
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Excellent excursion to Panarea and Stromboli
Roland G, Sep 2019
Aeolian Islands : Panarea and Stromboli from Cefalù
The bus trip to Milazzo was excellent, and the guide gave a lot of information in 3 languages. This was completed by interesting comments during the boat excursion. At night the boat stopped in front of Stromboli volcano and we could see a lot of eruptions and beginning of lava falll down, but nothing going down to the sea (no luck)as shown in some postcards . Later on I asked the Viator contractor to give me the distance between the boat and the volcano, but did not receive any answer

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Bring your swimsuit, whether you’re taking a boat tour or exploring the islands on foot, as the beaches are some of Sicily’s best for sunbathing and swimming.

  • Remember a hat, sunblock, and plenty of water when visiting the islands.

  • Passengers must be agile enough to board and disembark on boat tours, so those with limited mobility should confirm accessibility.

  • A boat or helicopter tour to the Aeolian Islands is a fun break for kids.

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How to Get There

The Aeolian Islands are situated in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the northern coast of Sicily and can be reached by ferry from Milazzo, or by private boat or helicopter tour from a number of ports and cities along the Sicilian coast.

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When to Get There

The archipelago is famously crowded in summer, when Italian and European sun worshippers flock to its beaches. Late spring and early fall offer a more peaceful experience, because crowds are smaller but the days are still warm enough for visitors to swim or sunbathe.

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The Eight Islands of the Aeolian Archipelago

The largest island is Lipari, where there is a permanent population of more than 10,000 people and a number of towns and fishing villages. Salina, Vulcano, and Panarea also have permanent residents and services, including transportation and accommodations. The smallest islands of Filicudi, Alicudi, and Basiluzzo are little more than islets with pretty coastlines and views.

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