Aeolian Islands

A tour of the islands by boat is a must while in Calabria on holiday. It is only about 90 minutes (35 nautical miles) from the Calabrian coast to Stromboli, Lipari, Vulcano, Panarea.

The Aeolian Islands are named after Aeolus, the god of the winds, who, according to Homer, has his kingdom there. The scenery, coasts and panorama are amazing.
They are also known as the Lipari Islands and are an archipelago of volcanic origin, situated in the Tyrrhenian Sea and made up of the following islands: Alicudi, Filicudi, Lipari, Panarea, Salina, Stromboli, Vulcano.

Here you will find an active volcano, unique rock formations, dense vegetation, archaeological treasures, warm sun, light breezes and clear blue sea.

Vulcano was sacred for the Greeks who dedicated it to Hephaestus the god of fire (also know to the Romans as Vulcan)

Stromboli, the only active volcano and the youngest island in the archipelago, is the big black giant. It is a cone shaped volcano with three mouths in constant explosive activity. You can go on a night boat trip to watch the natural firework display from sea, or, for the more adventurous, and those who want a closer look, there are guided walks up the side of the volcano to the top (you are not allowed to the top of the volcano without a certified guide).
For lovers of great cinema, it’s interesting to watch “Stromboli”, filmed in 1949 by Roberto Rossellini and starring Ingrid Bergman and “Volcano”, filmed the same year by Dieterle staring an unforgettable Anna Magnani.

Lipari is the largest and most populated island.

Salina was the setting for “Il Postino” by Massimo Troisi and is renowned for its wine Malvasia and capers.

Panarea is the smallest and its charm and beauty are unique.

Filicudi and Alicudi are rugged and wild and, like all the other islands, are an explosion of colours and flavours.