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Stromboli: Sunset Trekking at Sciara Del Fuoco

1. Stromboli: Sunset Trekking at Sciara Del Fuoco

Embark on a hiking adventure with a guide to discover Stromboli Island during sunset. Take in the typical Mediterranean nature as you walk. Stop to marvel at breathtaking views of the island, sea, and Mount Stromboli. Once the sun set, see the active volcano light up the night sky. This hiking adventure starts from the info point Ashàra located in Piazza San Vincenzo. Departure scheduled about 2 hours before sunset to admire the spectacular beauty along the side of Sciara del Fuoco and enjoy the typical Strombolian explosions. After a briefing, the hike will begin through a nature trail that will lead us up to 400mt ( maximum limit allowed by the authorities to ensure maximum safety), excellent observation point of the summit craters and Sciara del Fuoco. During the trekking we will make some intermediate breaks to enjoy the view, we will visit the old island cemetery, we will cross the typical Mediterranean scrubs, accompanied by the constant view of Strombolicchio. Once reached the Sciara del Fuoco, we will stop to admire the wonderful sunset that colors the Aeolian archipelago red and the spectacular "strombolian" activity with its explosions that shine in the night sky. Return downhill in the dark equipped with torches to the starting point through the typical reeds of the island and the old mule track

From Milazzo: Lipari and Vulcano Day Trip

2. From Milazzo: Lipari and Vulcano Day Trip

See the stunning Aeolian Archipelago on a day trip to the islands of Vulcano and Lipari from Milazzo. Take a boat to Lipari and go on a walk in the Old Town. Then, sail to the UNESCO-listed chain of volcanic islands. Enjoy a mud bath in Vulcano, swim in the Tyrrhenian Sea, or relax on the beach.  Discover the 2 beautiful Liparian Islands north of the coast of Sicily. Begin your tour in the morning at the Port of Milazzo and set out along the foothills of Capo Milazzo to Lipari. Explore the land with its wonderful old town and archaeological park. Walk down the little streets and wander into tiny shops. Admire the impressive needle- and cone-shaped rock formations of Faraglioni, Pope John Cliff, the Angels' Grotto, and the Mummy Cliff. Then return to your ship and continue on to the island of Vulcano. Relax here in the sulfuric mud spa or on the dreamlike black sand beach, or enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. On your way back to Milazzo, enjoy one last view of the picturesque town of Gelso with its antique lighthouse.

From Milazzo: Panarea and Stromboli Boat Trip by Night

3. From Milazzo: Panarea and Stromboli Boat Trip by Night

Experience the glitz and glamour of the Aeolian Islands on this full-day tour. Departing from Milazzo, sail to Panarea, the smallest of the islands. Soak up the glamorous atmosphere of the island, favored by VIPs, as you stroll around the narrow streets of its historic center. Afterward, pay a visit to the prehistoric village of Capo Milazzese, where you can learn more about Panarea's ancient origins. You must also visit Cala Junco Bay, a spectacular beach in the shape of an amphitheater that is ideal for underwater swimming. Finally, relax on the sandy beach of Cala degli Zimmari before continuing your journey. Having left Panarea, sail through the picturesque inlets which form a micro-archipelago between Lipari and the island of Stromboli, your next stop. Enjoy some free time to discover this island, which is home to one of the most active volcanoes in the world, at your own pace. Visit Saint Vincent’s Square, named after the church dedicated to the same Saint, and the house in which Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman lived during the shooting of the film "Stromboli terra di Dio" (Stromboli land of God). As the sun sets over the island, enjoy panoramic views of the port and volcanoes from the main square. Watch as the fire of the eruptions and the dark sky clash with each other providing ever-changing colorful creations in the Sciara del Fuoco, which will be visible from the sea during the return journey.

From Tropea: Stromboli, Lipari, Vulcano Guided Day Tour

4. From Tropea: Stromboli, Lipari, Vulcano Guided Day Tour

Set sail from Tropea on a guided day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Aeolian Islands of Stromboli, Lipari, and Vulcano. Explore stunning black sand beaches, swim in the shadow of Mount Stromboli, stroll through charming old towns, and discover picturesque sea views. Start your adventure from the Port of Tropea and meet your friendly guide and group for the day. Cruise on the Tyrrhenian Sea for two hours until you see the Aeolian Island of Stromboli's beautiful coastline on the horizon. Set foot on Stromboli and discover the traditional village of San Vincenzo with white houses and Aeolian architecture. Enjoy your free time with the chance to walk along charming streets, admire Mount Stromboli, or go swimming at the seafront's black sand beaches. Cruise to Lipari, the largest of the islands with so much to discover. Go sightseeing at the Acropolis and Lipari Cathedral or listen to the peaceful sounds of the ocean at Marina Corta and Marina Lunga. If you're looking for tradition, head to the historic center. Travel just a few hundred meters south to the island of Vulcano. Admire the jets of steam from the volcano said to be the mythological home of Hephaestus and trek along the volcanic trail to be blown away by the views from the crater.

From Lipari: Panarea and Stromboli Boat Excursion

5. From Lipari: Panarea and Stromboli Boat Excursion

Spend the day on a memorable boat excursion through the Aeolian Islands. Enjoy the afternoon and evening exploring quaint villages and seeing stunning landscapes of the Mediterranean. Meet in Lipari and aboard your boat to begin your excursion through the Aeolian Islands. Have impressive views as you go along the pumice quarries and Monte Rosa. Head towards the island of Panarea, the smallest of the Aeolian islands. Admire the beautiful bay of Cala Junco before docking and have some free time to wander around the village. After time on Panarea, resume your boat excursion along Basiluzzo, the largest islet of Panarea, and the village of Ginostra before reaching the port of Stromboli. Arrive in Stromboli and be overwhelmed by the wild colors of nature. From the green scrub of the Mediterranean to the black volcanic landscape, from the blue frame of the sea to the white architecture of the island, the imagery of the island is one you won't forget. Have some free time to visit Stromboli and when the sun goes down, cruise around the islet of Strombolicchio. At dusk have your breath taken away as the active volcano magnifies its natural sounds in the dark of the evening.  Go along the Sciara del Fuoco before returning to Lipari.

Lipari: Vulcano, Panarea and Stromboli Boat Tour

6. Lipari: Vulcano, Panarea and Stromboli Boat Tour

In the morning you will set the route to the island of Vulcano, where, aboard the boat, you will coast and admire the Grotta del Cavallo and the famous Pool of Venus. Then dock at Porto di Levante and visit the village of Vulcano, the thermal mud lake and the beach of the hot sulphurous waters. Then, embark to visit Panarea. From the boat, you can admire the splendid bay of Cala Junco. After the visit, continue sailing towards Basiluzzo, the largest islet, and then reach Stromboli. At sunset, leave for a tour of Strombolicchio, while you drink a good glass of local Malvasia. Witness the spectacular eruptions of Stromboli and then return to Lipari.

From Taormina: Lipari and Vulcano Mini Cruise Aeolian Tour

7. From Taormina: Lipari and Vulcano Mini Cruise Aeolian Tour

Discover the islands of Lipari and Vulcano in a volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea on this day trip from Taormina. Ride in a climate-controlled bus to Milazzo and take a private boat to the island of Lipari and Vulcano.  Depart from Taormina aboard a comfortable bus to Milazzo harbor on the North coast of Sicily. Hop aboard a spacious boat and feel the sea breeze as you travel to Lipari, the most populated and most historically significant of the Aeolian Islands. Spend some free time exploring the Old Town which has vibrantly colored buildings, a stunning cathedral, and old fortification walls. Stroll through the narrow streets to uncover shops and cafes, and take in views of the turquoise sea. Head to the island of Vulcano, which gives its name to all volcanoes. Take free time to enjoy its black beach or go for lunch at a local restaurant. On the way back to Milazzo, the tour follows the coastline to see the breathtaking Faraglioni Rock formation, the Horse Cave, and the Mermaid's Rock. Transfer back to the meeting point in Taormina by bus at the end of your tour. 

From Tropea: Day Tour to the Aeolian Islands

8. From Tropea: Day Tour to the Aeolian Islands

Visit 3 of the most beautiful Aeolian Islands on this day tour from Tropea. Climb aboard the comfortable excursion boat to start your adventure. Your first destination is Vulkano, the southernmost island whose sulphur baths are known for their medicinal properties. Spend 90 minutes on the island and explore it as you wish before continuing on the tour. On the largest Aeolian Island of Lipari, you can enjoy the sight of colorful fishing boats in the harbor and admire the views of the city. The castle towers high above the town, and the streets on either side are decorated with flowers of the Marina Corta and Marina Lunga districts. Further inland you will find caper bushes, pumice stone mines, and fantastic viewpoints. You have the option of taking a bus tour or exploring the island on your own. Afterward, you will head to the volcanic island of Stromboli with one of the highest volcanoes in Europe. Watch the fantastic eruptions with plumes of smoke and let yourself be drawn under the spell of this natural spectacle. Visit the village of San Vincenzo, which attracted Ingrid Bergman and Rossellini. Stroll through the small boutiques and souvenir shops, enjoy an “aperitivo”, or bathe in the crystal-clear water.

From Tropea: Panarea and Stromboli Islands Boat Tour

9. From Tropea: Panarea and Stromboli Islands Boat Tour

Take an insightful adventure to two unique Aeolian Islands as you travel by boat from Tropea. Discover the quaint streets and shops of Panarea's historic center and stop at the active volcano on Stromboli, then explore the exotic black sand beaches and the local village. Depart from the port of Tropea and navigate toward Panarea while taking in the open ocean views. Disembark at San Pietro and explore the town's center. Walk through ancient streets filled with stores and restaurants, and reach the small Church of San Pietro, the island's patron. If you'd like to see even more of the island, you can take a cab over to the prehistoric village of Capo Malattese and the famous beach of Cala Junco, just a few minutes away. Alternatively, book an extra tour to the uninhabited local coves and islets. Leave Panarea behind and head over to Stromboli for an exciting visit to the active volcano with black sand beaches. Reach the charming village of San Vincenzo, and enjoy some free time before hopping back on board to watch the sunset over the volcano's Sciara del Fuoco.

From Tropea: Full Day Lipari, Panarea, & Stromboli Boat Trip

10. From Tropea: Full Day Lipari, Panarea, & Stromboli Boat Trip

Go on a trip to Lipari, Panarea, and Stromboli by speedboat. Hop on board in Tropea and enjoy the ride to the various islands, taking in the sites at each stop. Get a taste for Aeolian life and see typical streets, shops, and nature.  Begin by meeting your guide at the Port of Tropea in the morning. After a short boat ride, arrive at your first stop in Lipari, the biggest, most populated of the islands. Visit the Basilica of San Bartolomeo and the Castle of Lipari.  Have the option to go on a boat tour of the area for an additional cost. Next, continue on to San Pietro, Panarea. Explore the island for a few hours, passing through the winding streets full of shops, clubs, and restaurants. Pass by Capo Milazzese and the famous beach of Cala Junco. Visit the charming village of San Vincenzo and discover more traditional restaurants and shops. Come face to face with Mount Stromboli, said to be one of the most active volcanoes on earth, where small explosions can be felt every half an hour. Head back to the boat and circumnavigate Strombolicchio. Stop under the volcano to admire the Sciara Del Fuoco. As night falls and the evening approaches, return to Tropea on the boat.

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What people are saying about Aeolian Islands

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Superb all, shame about the inability to visit the crater on the island of Vulcano and not being able to immerse yourself in the natural mud due to too much gas. However, it is worth going to visit them, Lipari is very beautiful and characteristic. We rented a moped on site to get the best out of the island. Small Panarea and in my opinion superfluous but still nice, my positive note is an excellent almond granita eaten by the sea. Experience to do.

Fantastic experience. We loved every minute. Beautiful boat, plenty of space for everyone, loved that it was in Italian, swam in a blue grotto, visited gorgeous Panarea and Stromboli, all perfectly times for dinner in Stromboli and to watch the lava at sunset. Brilliant !!!

Beautiful islands, especially Vulcano. This is an island called must be! I recommend bathing in thermal waters - the best attraction for the body and joy of everyone

Fascinating day spent among the beauties of the Aeolian Islands, made even more beautiful by the precious explanations of the commander Mirko.

A really great experience! And congratulations to all the staff.