Unspoilt holiday paradise north-east of Sicily
The Aeolian Islands to the north-east of Sicily are a true holiday paradise: The „sette perle“ („seven pearls“) Alicudi, Filicudi, Lipari, Panarea, Salina, Stromboli and Vulcano enchant you with magnificent, varied landscapes and crystal clear water. Sicily vacationers should not miss out on a trip to this island dream. Each of these islands, which are a Unesco World Natural Heritage, has its own character and waits for its regional distinctions to be discovered.
The „sette perle“ – varied and individual
Lipari is the main island of the Aeolian Islands and, therefore, the liveliest and most visited. Its landscape is extremely varied and charming. The second largest island, Salina, is of lush green and fertile – like Alicudi and Filicudi it counts rather few visitors and is ideal for those seeking peace and relaxation. The island of Panarea is considered the summer meeting point of well-to-do Italians.
On the island of Vulcano, nearest to Sicily, you will meet with sizzling and steaming everywhere – a special experience being a bath in the warm sulphur springs. The intensive smell of sulphur rising from the earth’s interior is a constant companion. One of the highlights for many travellers is a visit to the island of Stromboli where you can admire Europe’s only constantly active volcano. All the islands reward you with crystal clear water and beautiful bathing bays.
As is obvious on Stromboli and Vulcano, the Aeolian Islands are of volcanic origin and are part of a volcanic chain stretching from Mount Vesuvius to Mount Etna. The islands offer not only fascinating nature but also cultural sights. On Lipari, you will find an archaeological museum documenting the history of the Aeolian Islands. The „Museo dell’Emigrazione Eoliana“ on Salina provides information about the large-scale emigration at the beginning of the last century, one third of the population emigrating to America and Australia.
The magnificent landscape of the Lipari Islands was repeatedly chosen as the setting of internationally known motion pictures. In 1949, Roberto Rossellini, for example, shot a film on Stromboli, the world-famous film of the same name – Stromboli.
How to get there
There are various ways to get to the Lipari Islands: Hydrofoils depart from Milazzo, Messina, Naples, Palermo and Reggio Calabria. Boats depart from Milazzo and Naples. The nearest airports are at Catania, Palermo, Reggio Calabria and Naples.
On the islands of Lipari, Vulcano and Salina there are regularly scheduled busses.