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  • Location:Taormina, Italy
  • Duration:11 hours (approx.)

Aeolian Islands Day Trip from Taormina: Lipari and Vulcano

Discover Lipari and Vulcano, two must-visit islands in the stunning UNESCO-listed Aeolian Archipelago. The chain of tiny islands boasts dramatic volcanic landscapes and Bahamas-esque beaches, surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Spend time at leisure on each island, perhaps exploring Lipari Old Town, relaxing in Vulcano’s legendary mud baths or basking on the beaches under the sizzling sun.


  • Day trip to the UNESCO-listed Aeolian Archipelago from Taormina
  • Travel between Sicily and the Aeolian Islands by motorboat
  • Sightsee independently on Lipari, the largest of the archipelago’s islands
  • Explore Lipari Old Town or visit Lipari Archeological Museum, if you wish
  • Relax at leisure on Vulcano, either visiting the mud baths or sunbathing on a beach

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Shop in Lipari’s flower-filled streets, and then escape the heat by visiting a bar to try a granita (cone of crushed, flavored ice) and a slice of local brioche. Whatever you do, don’t forget your bathing suit; the deep-blue sea around Vulcano is one of my all-time favorite places to swim.

What You Can Expect

Aeolian Islands Day Trip from Taormina: Lipari and Vulcano

Arrive at Lipari port by motorboat!

Leave central Taormina by air-conditioned minibus 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, cruise past its famous white pumice-stone quarry – Vallone Fiume Bianco – and 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.

Please note: The listed price does not include a 1.50 euro eco tax, payable on leaving the Port of Milazzo. The fee is required by the port and is not within our control.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Lipari is a beautiful island and where we stopped was very picturesque with lovely streets and lots of shops, bars etc We then went on to Vulcano where we wandered and had lunch didn't try the mud baths though they looked like fun. Franco our guide was very informative throughout the trip and readily made himself available to answer the groups questions. Would definetly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

What can you say other than WOW about this trip? Volcano's, black sand beaches, sulfur baths, and of course Italian food along with a boat ride. It was delightful. We loved Taormina anyway, it was almost our favorite place, (sorry Florence is still top of the list). There is no place like Taormina though and the views are incredible. We could see lava flowing from Mt. Etna from our patio. WOW!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This tour is worth the money. The information provided was insightful and the restaurant chosen for lunch was nice.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

We had a great time on both islands it was worth the money we spend the tour leader was very helpful and he speaks good English and he gave us enough information of both islands too.

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

We really enjoyed this tour! When visiting Lipari the taxi tour around the island is essential. The tour costs 10 Euros and lasts about 75 minutes! It had incredible views as the taxi had photo stops along the way. The only downside was on our stop at Vulcano. There simply was not enough time if someone wanted to hike up to the crater. We were told the hike was 50 minutes to the top. After a brief introduction by the guide to the island, we had 1hour and 40 minutes to hike up, take in the views and pictures, and then hike back down. The risk was not worth missing the boat so we reluctantly never tackled it as it was too rushed.

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

My hotel was about 100 metres from the Taormina bus station so it was very convenient to be able to catch the bus to and from the boat as an inclusion to the days outing. It was a most enjoyable day.

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

A very pleasant day. The trip around Lipari was worthwhile but this meant we could not see around Lipari town which would also have been worthwhile. We would have preferred more time on Lipari and less time on Vulcano though the latter was enjoyed too.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

Great tour. The circle additional cost tour was great a necessity really but not enough time to do that and have a little look around the city itself as we were on the bus. The vulcano trip was great with free time to do as we liked. Just a note that if you want to go into the mud baths DONT wear your best swimmers or your jewellery as they will get damaged.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Nice trip, well coordinated. Not sure I would advise visiting Lipari, there is not too much to see on this island, and you need a form of transport to visit. Vulcano was great! Climbing the volcano, doing a mud bath, and going to the beach are all in walking distance, wish there was more time here!

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