Hidden Italy: Aeolian Islands

At Citalia we have over 90 years’ experience and over this time we have discovered a number of Italian hidden gems that are off the beaten track. We have travelled the country top to bottom, bottom to top, and everything in between to bring you our extensive knowledge and secret treasures.  
Without further ado, introducing the latest in our Hidden Italy series, Citalia’s Choice for May…AEOLIAN ISLANDS!  
Just off the coast of Sicily, the Aeolian Islands combine natural beauty, a rich history and a unique culture perfectly. Here are some of our favourite things about the Aeolian Islands for you to enjoy on your next Italian adventure.

Visit the Volcanoes

Known for their volcanic activity, the Aeolian Islands are home to some active volcanoes. There are two on the archipelago: Stromboli and Vulcano, offering visitors a fantastic opportunity to get up close with nature. The “Lighthouse of the Mediterranean”, Stromboli, is one of the most active in Europe getting its nickname from the eruptions that light up the sky at night.  

On the other hand, Vulcano is dormant and has been since 1890. The volcanic mud left behind is popular with visitors for its therapeutic properties. Take a hike and explore the volcanoes, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular sea views.
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Take a Boat Tour

The best way to explore the Aeolian Islands is by boat. The archipelago is famous for its crystal-clear waters and beautiful coastlines and taking a boat tour allows you to see all of this and more.  

One of the most popular tours is around Stromboli. Visitors can admire the unique rock formations and underwater volcanic vents as well as hidden coves and peaceful spots. Boat tours are also a great way to experience the local cuisine. A lot of the tours include stops at local restaurants where you can sample traditional Sicilian cuisine and fresh seafood dishes.
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Relax on the Beaches

The Aeolian Islands are home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Italy. From the black sand beach of Vulcano to the clear blue waters of Spiaggia Bianca on Lipari, there are plenty to choose from.  

Spiaggia Beach is surrounded by dramatic cliffs making it a scenic spot to relax. Pristine white sands meet turquoise waters perfect for swimming and snorkelling. 

For those in search of adventure, head to Spiaggia dello Scario on Panarea island. This pebble beach is at the bottom of a cliff and is only accessible by boat or on foot making it your own private haven. It’s a great beach for exploring or snorkelling.  
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Dating back to ancient times, the Aeolian Islands have a rich history. Be sure to visit the archaeological sites and museums on Lipari to learn more about the island’s past.  

One of the most notable historic sites is the ancient Greek acropolis on the island of Lipari. With history dating back to the 4th century BC, it showcases the island’s ancient Greek heritage and offers breathtaking views across the surrounding area.  

Another site worth visiting is on the island of Salina. Home to the 16th century church of Santa Marina, you can admire intricate artwork and frescoes. Pay a visit to the archaeological site of Capo Graziano which features a range of ancient artifacts and tombs from the Bronze Age. 
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Where can I stay in the Aeolian Islands?

We have some excellent hotels available for your next adventure to the Aeolian Islands.

Mea Lipari, Lipari
  • Located close to the historical centre of Lipari Town
  • Lovely views of Marina Lunga and the Castle of Lipari
Therasia Resort Sea & Spa, Vulcano
  • Impressive volcanic backdrop and stunning views from the terrace and infinity pool
  • Complimentary shuttle bus to/from Baia di Ponente and Porto di Levante

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Enjoyed uncovering the Aeolian Islands? Discover more of the real Italy in our latest blog series. Every month we’re revealing a new off the beaten track destination, explore the regions our experts have already shared, with Hidden Italy: Bologna and Hidden Italy: Palermo.

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