Aeolian Islands holidays offer some of the most beautiful, boat-hopping Italian adventures. The Aeolian seven-island archipelago, which is a Unesco World Heritage Site, lies around 25 kilometres off the coast of Sicily, ringed by the royal-blue Tyrrhenian Sea. The largest island, Lipari, has two ports – one of which has pastel-coloured buildings and plenty of places to dine and relax.
The dramatic island of Vulcano is famous for its therapeutic cures – you can bathe in hot springs and mud baths, climb to its volcano’s crater and bask on its black-sand beaches. Salina is lush with capers and vines and features some extraordinary rock formations – including the scalloped backdrop to Pollara Bay, where boathouses are built into the cliff. Stromboli is the only island with an active volcano – when it’s safe, you can hike up to the summit to see its smoking core. Holidays to the Aeolian Islands offer scenic splendours, delicious food and wine, and views that you’ll never forget.
Spot lava flows
You can take a boat trip around Stromboli at night to see the lava flows edging their way down the mountain – a common sight from this active volcano.
Find Four Eyes
There’s a famous viewpoint on Lipari Island, just over 3 kilometres from Lipari town, called ‘Belvedere Quattrocchi’ (Four Eyes Viewpoint) from where you can see some of the other Aeolian Islands.
Climb a crater
For more mesmerising views, climb all the way up to the crater of Vulcano, which offers sweeping panoramas as far as the eye can see over this barren, moonlike island.