If your goal is to really get away from it all, Alicudi just might be your dream destination. As isolated a place as you'll find in the entire Mediterranean basin, its main settlement has minimal facilities and no roads. Transportation here means boats and mules – you'll see the latter hauling goods up and down the steep stone steps from the port the minute you disembark.
Outside summer season, Alicudi is the kind of place where you have to ask around for rooms, and where the evening's chief entertainment may be watching fishermen unload and clean fish. By day it offers prime opportunities for off-the-beaten-track hiking or peaceful sunbathing – the best spots are south of the port, where you'll have to clamber over boulders to reach the sea. The waters are crystal clear and there's nothing to disturb you save the occasional hum of a fishing boat.