4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

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  • Location: Taormina, Italy
  • Duration:  13 hours (approx.)
Explore the volcanic islands of Panarea and Stromboli in the UNESCO-listed Aeolian Archipelago, on a day trip from Taormina. After traveling by motorboat to each island, enjoy free time to swim in their crystalline waters or amble around their villages. Savor a light dinner on board the boat, and then cruise around Stromboli to see the island’s volcano at its bombastic best. A crater called Sciara del Fuoco is easily visible from the water, so look out for its frequent jet-like eruptions lighting up the night sky!


  • Day trip from Taormina to Panarea and Stromboli in the Aeolian Archipelago
  • Leave Taormina and travel by motorboat around the UNESCO-listed islands
  • Enjoy free time to explore the tiny island of Panarea
  • Spend time at leisure on Stromboli island and discover black lava-sand beaches
  • See Stromboli’s volcanic activity at Sciara del Fuoco from a viewpoint on the water

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Use your free time in Panarea to swim in one of my favorite bays, Cala Junco; it’s a natural sea swimming pool and one of the most scenic spots on the island! On Stromboli, have a browse around the shops and look out for the local capers (capperi di Stromboli) – worth buying to take home!

What You Can Expect

Aeolian Islands Day Trip from Taormina: Stromboli and Panarea

Admire the Stromboli Volcano from the sea!

Leave central Taormina by air-conditioned coach and relax on the 1-hour journey north to the Port of Milazzo, just west of Messina. Hop aboard a motorboat and speed through the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea to Panarea in the Aeolian Archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Small yet stunning, the island of Panarea is a picture-perfect delight boasting a tiny whitewashed village surrounded by pristine beaches. Enjoy some free time to explore, perhaps shopping in the village’s quaint stores or relaxing on the beaches. You can also use the time to enjoy lunch at a local cafe; ask your host for tips!

Return to the port at the pre-arranged time and cruise across the water to Stromboli, an island named after its active volcano. Spend time at leisure in Stromboli village, admiring its black lava-sand beach and pretty houses decked with vibrant flowers. After watching the sun set over the steaming volcano, head back to port and enjoy a light dinner on board your boat.

Then, it’s time for your evening’s highlight: a boat ride around the island to see Stromboli’s volcanic activity. Cruise until you reach a clear spot for viewing Sciara del Fuoco, where the most dramatic lava eruptions take place.

Small eruptions and detonations occur frequently (usually around every half hour), so have your camera ready to capture bright explosions of liquid lava and rocks propelled into the air, against the backdrop of the night sky.

After watching one of Sicily’s best natural fireworks displays, cruise back to the Port of Milazzo, and then return to central Taormina by coach.

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 August 2014

Very much enjoyed this well organised trip. We met the coach in Taormina and were transported to Millazzo port. First stop Panarea where we had a delicious lunch on a hill overlooking the port, then onto Stromboli where we swam from the volcanic beach. Gave the meal onboard a miss and enjoyed pulling out of port at it gradually got dark, waiting for Stromboli to erupt. A long day but would recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Fabulous Outing!!...It was an absolutely beautiful day!--from the wonderful demeanor of our tour guide, Santo to the transportation to the beautiful islands...My daughter and I rented a paddle boat on Panarea--we paddled around, docked the boat and swam in the sea. It was beautiful...Stromboli was gorgeous- with its black sand beach and the volcano exploded 4 times!! while we watched from the boat!...The dinner was okay, but it the grand scheme of the day``wonderful!!

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