Welcome to Aeolian Islands

Rising out of the cobalt-blue seas off Sicily's northeastern coast, the Unesco-protected Aeolian Islands (Vulcano, Lipari, Salina, Panarea, Stromboli, Filicudi and Alicudi) are a little piece of paradise, a magical outdoor playground offering thrills and spills at every turn. Stunning waters provide sport for swimmers, sailors and divers, while trekkers can climb hissing volcanoes and gourmets can sip honey-sweet... Read More

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$79.10 Day Trips & Excursions

Aeolian Islands Day Trip from Taormina

Leave central Taormina by air-conditioned coach and relax on the 1-hour journey north to the Port of Milazzo, just west of Messina. Swap your mode of transport for a motorboat and speed through the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Your destination is Lipari, the largest island in the stunning Aeolian Archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Before docking at Lipari port, hear about pumice production on the island from your host. Most of the Aeolian Islands are volcanic and covered in the pumice stone of ancient eruptions.Step onto dry land and enjoy some free time to sightsee at leisure. Stretch your legs on a stroll around Lipari’s sleepily idyllic Old Town, or perhaps visit Lipari Archeological Museum (own expense). The exhibition space documents life in the Aeolian Islands from prehistoric to classical, and contains interesting displays about the local volcanoes and marine wildlife, too.Enjoy lunch (own expense), and then meet your host to travel by motorboat to the nearby island of Vulcano. Diverting attention away from its smouldering volcanoes – there are three on the island – Vulcano’s star attractions are its mud baths. Perhaps use your time on the island to relax at one of the mud baths, or take a dip in the warm seas and simply bask on the beach.On the way back to Sicily by motorboat, cruise around the island’s coastline, seeing the interesting Grotta del Cavallo (horse cave) and faraglioni rocks jutting out of the turquoise sea. Hop back on board your coach at the Port of Milazzo, and then travel south to Taormina, finishing back at the start point.

$59.93 Cultural & Theme Tours

Sicilian Countryside Day Trip from Taormina

After a pickup from your Messina province or Taormina hotel by coach, start your full-day tour with a scenic drive through the countryside and the lush green hills of the Peloritani mountain range. Observe the traditional pastoral lifestyle of this part of northeastern Sicily as you pass through typical little villages and enjoy commentary from your guide.Your first stop is a dairy farm, where you’ll see the traditional way of making Sicilian cheese. Enjoy a tasting of the farm's fresh ricotta , paired with chunks of fresh bread. Continue to Montalbano Elicona, a rustic medieval village that clings to a nearby hilltop. Enjoy free time to wander the narrow cobblestone streets, have lunch and perhaps visit the 13th-century castle built by Emperor Frederic II (meal and entrance fee at own expense).In the afternoon, make your way to the Argimusco nature park to see large megalithic rocks from prehistoric times. Travel back in time as your guide shares stories about these fascinating stones, shaped like animals and people.From the lookout point at 4,593 feet (1,400 meters) in elevation, enjoy a magnificent view of Mt Etna, the distant Aeolian Islands and the wooded Peloritani hills below. Then, relax on your journey back to your Taormina or Messina province hotel.

$191.77 Kid Friendly

FLORENTINE COUNTESS KITCHEN LESSON AND DINNER

Traditional recipes waiting for you, of which we will reveal the innermost secret:Pappa al pomodoro - traditionalFlorentine soup,Minestra di farro - typical Tuscan dish,Spago alla filicudara - spaghetti with a typical flavorful sauce of the Aeolian Islands, Filicudi precisely. Constanza loves this recipe and succeeds very well in making it!Arista with milk or simply bakedAnd Costanza's special vegetable saladChestnut cake: sweet typical Tuscan dessert made with the chestnut flour and served with cottage cheeseProgram:Departure from Florence at 17.40 in a taxiYou come home to Constance h. 18.00Cooking class - cooking dinner with an aperitifEnjoying the delicious food prepared together with Constanza accompanied by an indispensable wine from farmer house

$419.49 Outdoor Activities

Private Tour : Hiking Vulcano Island

Discover the best of the Aeolian Archipelago on this private hiking tour. Your guide will take you up the volcano to the crater, where you'll learn about volcanic evolution and eruptions in the area and the gases of this specific volcano. You'll examine and photograph the fumaroles as you make your way to the highest point of the volcano for a panoramic view. After you've examined the volcano in detail, you'll relax at a small local bar, then continue your tour at a mud bath where you'll learn about the healing powers of volcanic mud and give yourself a spa treatment. From here you can relax on the beach, which has hot pockets due to underwater fumaroles.

$155.81 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Private Wine Tour and Tasting from Taormina

Through a comfortable private transfer from Taormina, in less than 70 minutes you will reach the winery where the whole experience will take place.You will discover a unique estate that covers over ten hectares on the wonderful and unspoilt headland of Capo Rasocolmo in Messina, dominated by a lighthouse and located just in front of the Aeolian Islands.In this fairy tale location, you will enjoy a unique experience walking through the 'Faro' Doc vineyards and have the chance to taste different varieties of wines (Faro Doc, Inzolia and Idromele). All of this while you admire the beautiful natural scenery all around you.

$59.93 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Aeolian Islands 1 day mini cruise from Tropea

The beautiful mini cruise takes you to the Aeolian Islands, which are only accessible by sea. Here you will find landscapes of incomparable beauty such as caves, coves, picturesque bays and cliff, that the nature created with strange shapes. The Aeolian Islands are among the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean Sea. By visiting these islands, you will gain cultural and intellectual enrichment and an unforgettable memory. The mini cruise has the following stops: Stromboli, the mythical fire-breather, consists entirely of a 900 metre high volcano, one of the four active volcanoes in Italy. On the island there are two villages, the bigger one is San Vincenzo and the smaller one is  Ginostra, which is a fishing village. Particularly, the island is rich in black sand beaches which are ideal for swimming and relaxing. Lipari, despite the abundance of fashion boutiques, souvenir shops and cafes,  maintains its ancient charm. The fascinating nestled houses, the massive castle and the cathedral are perched on top of a natural rock, from where it is possible to enjoy  a breathtaking view. Lipari  is a very pretty and lively town with narrow streets and old houses. In Lipari it is possible to admire beautiful nature, excellent infrastructures and urban life, which is  worshipped by the international jet set.  Vulcano, the island of sulfur,  has some high cliffs and a wild panorama. This is what makes Vulacano a destination to visit. This rather strong smell is due to the numerous fumaroles which offer mud baths with a strong curative power.