Exclusive and expensive, Panarea is the smallest and most fashionable of the Aeolians, attracting the international jet-setters and Milanese fashionistas for a taste of dolce far niente (sweet nothing). In summer, luxury yachts fill the tiny harbour and flocks of day-trippers traipse around the car-free whitewashed streets of San Pietro, the port and principal settlement. Panarea is a strictly summer-only destination with very little going on outside the tourist season – in fact, arrive between November and Easter and you'll find most places closed.
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Aeolian Islands Day Trip from Taormina: Stromboli and Panarea
Explore the volcanic islands of Panarea and Stromboli in the UNESCO-listed Aeolian Archipelago, on a day trip from Taormina. After traveling by motorboat to each island, enjoy free time to swim in their crystalline waters or amble around their villages. Savor a light dinner on board the boat, and then cruise around Stromboli to see the island’s volcano at its bombastic best.