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See the stunning Aeolian Archipelago on this day trip to the islands of Vulcano and Lipari from Taormina. Take a motorboat across the turquoise waters to the UNESCO-listed chain of volcanic islands. Soak up free time to explore spot, kicking back with a mud bath in Vulcano, cooling off with a swim in the Tyrrhenian Sea or checking out the Lipari Archaeological Museum for a bit of island history. Your day will conclude with transportation back to Taormina.


  • 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!

Begin your day trip in Taormina, where you’ll meet up with your guide and hop aboard your coach. Head north for roughly an hour before switching to a motorboat at the Port of Milazzo. Set out on the water toward Lipari, learning about the volcanic island’s history and pumice production as you go.

Enjoy some free time to explore at your own speed when you arrive. Take a walk around the Old Town, or stop by the Lipari Archeological Museum (own expense), brimming with in-depth displays on the local marine life and volcanoes, as well as the history of the Aeolian Archipelago.

Pause to purchase lunch before journeying to the island of Vulcano by boat. Aside from the three steaming volcanoes you'll find there, Vulcano’s main attraction is its mud baths. Consider paying a relaxing visit to one of them, or use the time to spread out on the beach and swim in the Tyrrhenian’s warm waters.

On the return boat ride to Sicily, take a spin around the island’s coastline, passing the Faraglioni Rocks and the Grotta del Cavallo (horse cave).

Your day trip will conclude with a coach ride back to your original departure point in Taormina.


Customer Reviews

kristyn m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

You have to do the mud bath


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour was excellent. The right amount of time on each island to enjoy everything they had to offer.

Rita P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great Tour, Lipari was a great little island... the hike up Vulcano is pretty good as well, not all of us made it to the top, we didnt come prepared with the correct shoes... the caves, the views along the way were beautiful

Shirley M

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!

Lisa B

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!

Francesca G

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.

Joan S

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 August 2016

Great day out. We had plenty of time on both islands. We didn't go into the mud baths as our guide put us off a bit but we spent a really enjoyable time in the sea and the whole experience was really worthwhile.


4 star rating: Recommended August 2016

A very nice experience

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