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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.


  • Day trip from Taormina to Panarea and Stromboli in the Aeolian Archipelago
  • Leave Taormina by coach 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!

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What You Can Expect

Aeolian Islands Day Trip from Taormina: Stromboli and Panarea

Admire the Stromboli Volcano from the sea!

Hop aboard your coach in Taormina and travel north to the Port of Milazzo. After roughly an hour’s ride, board your motorboat and glide through the Tyrrhenian Sea to the island of Panarea, nestled in the UNESCO-listed Aeolian Archipelago.

Enjoy time to explore the small, scenic island at your leisure. Wander the local shops in the whitewashed village, try the island fare at a café or take in views of the water from the beach.

Afterward, reunite with your host and head across the water to Stromboli, named after its active volcano. Check out the black lava-sand beach and soak up additional free time to roam the village. Then, enjoy a light dinner back on your boat as the sun sets.

Top off your trip with an evening boat ride around the island to see Stromboli’s volcano in action. Head to a clear spot to view the crater of Sciara del Fuoco, where you'll witness bright, liquid lava explode into the night sky. Small eruptions typically occur every 30 minutes, so be sure to have your camera ready.

After a full day of sightseeing, you will be returned to Taormina.


Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The guide Heidi was great!!! Very knowledgeable and happy to share the info.

Andreas A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent day trip to do if you don't have much time, otherwise I recommend spending at least a night in Panarea and Stromboli! Very beautiful places to be!

Adrienne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

There is no other way I would have seen these islands. So the opportunity alone was worth it! We got to go to the beach on one island and eat a very late lunch on the other. Fabulous.

Christine S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

An enjoyable day and two different islands which were very charming. Unfortunately Strombili only puffed some smoke and no fireworks but the boat trip past the islands and the blue blue water was exquisite. Only complaint was that the sound system on the boat was inaudible as it was too loud and very difficult to hear anything. All up worth going on a beautiful day.

Noel P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A very long day, but well worth the money

Anne B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Loved it

andrei nicolae g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

I liked very much this trip. Panarea so rustic. Stromboli impressive. I 'met' Ingrig Bergman there...!

Aleksandar B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I made this tour just yesterday and really loved it. Yes it is rather crowded, but if you want to be on your own, the guide gives you the possibility while directing you to good spots. I did so and it was really wonderful: this is a really charming part of the world and the weather was great, can you ask for more?

Patrick S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Beautiful day trip. Water around Stromboli and Panarea was such an incredible BLUE color. Enjoyed seeing the volcanic eruptions on Stromboli at night.

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