Tiny Panarea is just 3km long and 2km wide and feels like a Greek island with its adobe-style whitewashed houses. Exclusive and expensive, it is the smallest and most fashionable of the Aeolians, attracting the international trust-fund babes and Milanese fashionistas for a little taste of dolce far niente (sweet nothing). In the summer, luxury yachts fill the tiny harbour while flocks of day-trippers dock at San Pietro, where you will find most of the expensive accommodation.
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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.