Aeolian Islands Tours

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Aeolian Islands
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Aeolian Islands comprise eight small volcanic islands off the northeastern coast of Sicily. Famous for beautiful coastlines and beaches, active volcanoes and mud baths, pretty resort towns, and leisurely pace, this archipelago is a popular day trip destination.
 
The Basics
The Aeolian Islands are popular during summer, when their beaches and fishing villages fill with tourists. The largest island, Lipari, is the main transportation hub for boats and ferries to the other islands. A few of the islands, such as Stromboli,  still have active volcanoes. You can visit the islands on a day trip from Sicily by boat tour, or on a helicopter tour that includes Mt. Etna or Taormina.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bring your swimsuit, whether you’re taking a boat tour or exploring the islands on foot, as the beaches are some of Sicily’s best for sunbathing and swimming.
  • Remember a hat, sunblock, and plenty of water when visiting the islands.
  • Passengers must be agile enough to board and disembark on boat tours, so those with limited mobility should confirm accessibility.
  • A boat or helicopter tour to the Aeolian Islands is a fun break for kids.
 
How to Get There
The Aeolian Islands are situated in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the northern coast of Sicily and can be reached by ferry from Milazzo, or by private boat or helicopter tour from a number of ports and cities along the Sicilian coast.
 
When to Get There
The archipelago is famously crowded in summer, when Italian and European sun worshippers flock to its beaches. Late spring and early fall offer a more peaceful experience, because crowds are smaller but the days are still warm enough for visitors to swim or sunbathe.
 
The Eight Islands of the Aeolian Archipelago
The largest island is Lipari, where there is a permanent population of more than 10,000 people and a number of towns and fishing villages. Salina, Vulcano, and Panarea also have permanent residents and services, including transportation and accommodations. The smallest islands of Filicudi, Alicudi, and Basiluzzo are little more than islets with pretty coastlines and views.

Address: Aeolian Islands, Sicily, Italy
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Sicily's Volcanoes Helicopter Tour from Taormina

See all three of Sicily’s active volcanoes from the air on a thrilling, 100-minute helicopter tour. Take in spectacular aerial views of mighty Mt Etna — the largest active volcano in Europe — and then soar above the UNESCO-listed Aeolian Islands, home to sputtering Stromboli and Vulcano. Learn about the ancient, seismic history of the volcanic archipelago while taking in an unforgettable, bird’s-eye perspective of the dramatic Sicilian landscape.
  • Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
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Etna, Taormina and Aeolian Islands Helicopter Tour

Take to the skies for an unforgettable, luxurious day of aerial sightseeing with a full-day helicopter tour of Sicily’s most spectacular natural gems. Soar over the crater and lava fields of majestic Mt Etna and the World Heritage-listed Aeolian Islands, including the active volcanoes Stromboli and Vulcano. Touch down on the island of Panarea for a gourmet lunch and optional boat tour, and continue the bird’s-eye tour with a flight over Taormina’s dramatic coastline.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Aeolian Islands Day Trip from Taormina: Stromboli and Panarea

Discover the Aeolian Archipelago on this day trip to the islands of Stromboli and Panarea from Taormina. Journey to each island by motorboat, exploring the local shops at your leisure or taking a cool dip in the sea. Afterward, cruise around Stromboli to see the island’s volcano. Keep your eyes peeled for the crater of Sciara del Fuoco, known to light up the sky with its jet-like eruptions. After a full day of touring the UNESCO-listed islands, you will return to Taormina.
  • Duration: 13 to 14 hours
  • Duration: 13 to 14 hours
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