What to see in the Aeolian Islands in 7 days

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The seven Aeolian Islands, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, off the coast of Sicily, are recognized as a extraordinary natural complex for the wild beauty of the places and for the volcanic phenomena that can be observed there. Among all, Lipari is the largest island and also the center where all civilizations have followed one another. The island is also famous for the pumice quarries where many people have worked over the years, while Salina is the greenest island and where you can touch the very hot water. Alicudi and Filicudi are the wildest and most uncontaminated of the entire archipelago, Panarea, with its famous stacks, offers any type of attraction, finally Stromboli and Vulcano are famous all over the world for their craters.

Read on to find out what else makes them special and therefore what to see in the Aeolian Islands in 7 days.


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. 6 day
  7. 7 day
  8. How much does a week cost in the Aeolian Islands
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. User questions and comments

1 day

Start from Lipari, from the Concattedrale di San Bartolomeo, il main place of worship of the entire archipelago.
Then head to the very close to the Lipari Castle. Inside you can see a late Roman fortification and the Aeolian archaeological museum Bernabò Brea (every day 9: 00-19: 30). Complete the morning visiting the Archaeological Park of Diana: you will find about 50 meters of city walls dating back to the th century BC and the Greek Age.

For lunch, go to Mancia E Fui, spending € 5,00 for a rustic or an arancino.
Here you are along Corso Vittorio Emanuele II which, together with Via Garibaldi, is the absolute center of the island and a place full of shops and services of all kinds. For the afternoon dedicate yourself to relax at the splendid Canneto beach, which you will reach in 8 minutes by scooter. It is a beach equipped with sunbeds, umbrellas and bars of all kinds, as well as offering a crystal clear sea to say the least.

Dine at Ritrovo Calandra Lipari where you can consume dishes based on fish dishes or an excellent pizza (about € 20,00 per person).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,8 km / 1 h
  • Places visited: Concattedrale Basilica of San Bartolomeo (free), Lipari Castle (free), Bernabò Brea Aeolian Archaeological Museum (€ 6,00), Diana Archaeological Park (free), Corso Vittorio Emanuele II (free), Canneto Beach (free) )
  • Daily shopping: € 35,00
  • Lipari and Vulcano: day trip from Milazzo
  • Lunch at Mancia E Fui (Get directions), Dinner at Calandra Lipari meeting point (Get directions)

2 day

Devote the second day exploring the other beaches of Lipari.
Then start from the Papesca Beach immersed in the area of ​​the obsidian and pumice quarries, a "white beach" that flows into the blue sea. After a quick swim, get out and about with your scooter towards the Porticello beach, via SP180, taking about 7 minutes: it is a beach made of gravel and also characterized by pumice stone.

Have lunch at Mr. Baffo al Porticello, with typical Sicilian dishes (average cost € 10,00).
Continue your tour stopping at the Acquacalda Beach, made of gravel and stones, sees a narrow but very long coastline and is famous for being one of the most suggestive.
Continue southwards visiting the Church of Maria Santissima della Purità and then continue following the SP179 to the Valle Muria beach, located between two rocky promontories, namely the stacks of Pietra Menalda and Pietra Lunga. Finally, move to the Praia di Vinci beach: from there you can witness one of the most evocative sunsets ever.

Evening in the center to dine at the Nenzyna Restaurant, with dishes based on very fresh fish (starting from € 18,00 per person).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 29,9 km / 58 min by car
  • Places visited: Papesca beach (free), Porticello beach (free), Acquacalda beach (free), Church of Maria Santissima della Purità (free), Valle Muria beach (free), Praia di Vinci beach (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 30,00
  • tour of Lipari and Vulcano from Taormina
  • Lunch at Mr. Baffo al Porticello (Get directions), Dinner at Nenzyna Restaurant (Get directions)

3 day

Third day at discovery of the nearby island of Vulcano: it is connected to Lipari by the ferries of the Liberty Lines company (10 min, tickets € 6,00 each way).

Once docked at the port, get ready for aexcursion on foot to the Gran Cratere della Fossa, taking about 45 minutes. At the end of the path you will reach the top of the volcano, which is the highest point from which you can observe the entire island.

Then return to the port and have lunch at La Forgia Restaurant in Pagliaro Maurizio (€ 25,00).
In the early afternoon head towards the famous Mud of Vulcano. Here many flock every year to immerse themselves in these muds which seem to have very important benefits on the skin and bones.
Then dedicate yourself toabsolute relaxation in the nearby Spiaggia Sabbie Nere beach, beach of volcanic origin and equipped with umbrellas and sunbeds. In the late afternoon, take a 15-minute walk to the Valley of Monsters: you will come across this splendid one valley and its very particular formations of rock material, whose shape makes them resemble animals and mythological creatures.

In the evening go to have dinner at Il Palmento, where you can taste an excellent pizza (€ 10,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 9,5 km / 2 h 15 min
  • Places visited: Gran Cratere della Fossa (free), Vulcano mud (free), Black Sand Beach (free), Valley of the Monsters (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 50,00
  • From Milazzo to the island of Vulcano: one way transfer
  • Lunch at La Forgia Restaurant in Pagliaro Maurizio (Get directions), Dinner at Il Palmento (Get directions)

4 day

Today we go discovering the island of Salina: second for extension of the entire archipelago (from Lipari € 9,00 each way).

Docked at the Port of Santa Marina, rent a scooter (average cost € 15,00 per day) and head towards Malfa (15 minutes), a small village characterized by white houses.
Continue towards Pollara, a very small hamlet that became famous for being the location where the famous film "Il Postino" was shot. Its beach is one of the most famous of the archipelago, with its golden color on which a majestic rocky wall falls overhanging.

Continue to Leni and have lunch at Le tre Pietre (starting from € 25,00). The name of this village derives from the Greek lenós (press), a name connected to the production (still practiced today) of wine and olives.
Heading towards the port you will find yourself in the small hamlet of Rinella, a very small fishing village where you can admire a black sand beach elegantly set among the caves carved into the rocks. Going back, you come across the hamlet of Valdichiesa, where you can visit the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Terzito. From here leave again heading towards the town of Lingua, a small hamlet of Santa Marina, a particular fishing village known for the presence of a natural lake of brackish water today a nature reserve (which attracts Bird Watching enthusiasts).

In the late afternoon, return to Santa Marina to have dinner at Porto Bello, a splendid restaurant overlooking the marina (average cost € 25,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 48,5 km / 1 h 35 min by car
  • Places visited: Malfa (free), Pollara (free), Leni (free), Sanctuary of the Madonna del Terzito (free), Lingua (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 85,00
  • Salina: Panarea and Stromboli private boat tour
  • Lunch at Le tre Pietre (Get directions), Dinner at Porto Bello (Get directions)

5 day

The fifth day is dedicated to Panarea, the oldest island of the archipelago (from Lipari € 11,00 each way).

Moored at the port, you will find the small center of about 15 minutes on foot Ditella, famous for its thermal springs and for the fumaroles of the Calcara beach, where to observe the phenomenon of overheating of the soil. After this particular experience, return to the locality of San Pietro.
Continue towards Drautto (15 minutes), the other area of ​​Panarea that you can reach via a panoramic road, towards Caletta dei Zimmari, dream place to take a dip in the cool waters and relax by taking advantage of various services on the beach.

Have lunch at Ristorante Zimmari (€ 20,00 per person).
Then reach Punta Milazzese, and follow an ancient path that will eventually lead you to Cala Junco, certainly the most beautiful bay in the entire archipelago: it is a "natural amphitheater" made up of rocks that surround a natural pool. After some moments of healthy relaxation, return to San Pietro.

Dine at La Delizie Di Nonna Pasqualina, where you can taste eggplant meatballs, zucchini rolls or the famous arancini (€ 18,00 per person).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 8 km / 1 h 48 min
  • Places visited: Calcara beach (free), Church of San Pietro (free), Caletta dei Zimmari (free), Punta Milazzese (free), Cala Junco (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 60,00
  • Panarea and Stromboli: night tour by boat from Milazzo
  • Lunch at Zimmari Restaurant (Get directions), Dinner at La Delizie Di Nonna Pasqualina (Get directions)

6 day

Sixth day dedicated to the island of Stromboli. Ferry from Lipari, 45 min, € 18,00 each way.

Docked early in the morning at Punta Scari, head towards the town and you will arrive in Piazza San Vincenzo. Take a tour of the surrounding area and reach the Chapel of the Pilgrim Madonna, little known but famous among locals for offering a magnificent view of the surrounding landscape.

For lunch, stop by Pardès (on average € 20,00).
So in the early afternoon move to the Piscità area, a residential area that is known for its numerous coves of black beaches set among the lava stone, where you can enjoy the crystalline and clear water of the coves, sometimes sandy and sometimes rocky. Stop at Spiaggia Lunga.
Return to Piazza San Vincenzo and at 17: 30/18: 00 leave for a sunset trekking in Sciara del Fuoco; the observation point is located at a height of 400 m asl. To go to this area you will have to necessarily rely on a guide!

Since the excursion lasts 5 hours and the departure is scheduled around 18:00, bring a packed dinner, which you can buy in the various bakeries in the town center before leaving.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,3 km / 59 min + 5 hour excursion to the Sciara del Fuoco
  • Places visited: Piazza San Vincenzo (free), Chapel of the Pilgrim Madonna (free), Piscità (free), Sciara del Fuoco guided tour (€ 25,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 60,00
  • Stromboli: sunset trekking in Sciara del Fuoco
  • Lunch at Pardès (Get directions), Packed dinner

7 day

The last day should be dedicated to Filicudi, one of the most western and wildest islands of the archipelago (from Lipari ferry € 15,80 each way, 1 h 15 min).

Once you arrive, rent a scooter (€ 15,00 per day) and head towards Monte Guardia and reach the Rocca di Ciavole, a small district characterized by white island houses. Then continue north, passing through Valdichiesa, where you can visit the twentieth-century church of Santo Stefano, until you reach the ghost village of Zucco Grande, the point from which starts a path about 2 km long that winds between Zucco Grande, Vallone Fontanella and Case Ficcarisi, perfect place for take a small and pleasant excursion on foot.

Arrived at lunchtime, reach Pecorini for lunch at Pensione Ristorante La Sirena (€ 10,00).
Visit the small fishing village and spend a few hours relaxing on the beach and then reach Stimpagnato from which you can reach, via a lava stone staircase, to the suggestive Montagnola, from which you can admire a truly spectacular landscape at sunset.

Then return to the port and have dinner at Filicudi - da Nino sul Mare (from € 15,00) with a nice view of the port.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 11,7 km / 3 h 24 min
  • Places visited: Monte Guardia (free), Rocca di Ciauli (free), Contrada Liscio (free), Valdichiesa (free), Pecorini (free), Stimpagnato (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 70,00
  • Lunch at Pensione Ristorante La Sirena (Get directions), Dinner at Filicudi - da nino sul mare (Get directions)

How much does a week cost in the Aeolian Islands

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

The Aeolian Islands, especially in summer, they are a very popular destination, this can cause prices to soar. But, by booking in advance, you will be able to find many offers. Staying in small and characteristic rooms you will find a room starting from € 35,00.

To reach Lipari, the best starting point is Milazzo but, if you have to arrive in Sicily by plane, the best solution is land in Catania and then reach Messina (direct train € 8,40 each way). From Messina you can take the direct ferry to Lipari (3 h 35 min, € 31,00 each way). On the islands you can then move on foot or by renting a scooter (from € 15,00 per day), certainly the best solution! To move around the archipelago you can rely on the numerous ferries and hydrofoils.

  • to Catania from € 40,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 35,00 per room -
  • Stromboli by Night: 8-hour tour from Tropea Vulcano and Lipari islands: tour from Milazzo Panarea and Stromboli: full-day tour from Taormina
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 620,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit the Aeolian Islands: the perfect period is between May and October, in particular in these two months you can enjoy mild temperatures and relax without the fear of running into tourists - find out more
  • with hydrofoils or ferries. The reference port is that of Milazzo from which the Siremar, Ustica Lines and Snav companies depart (one-way ticket € 21,00 approximately), however Messina, Palermo and Naples are also connected
  • Lipari is the best connected island equipped with services and amenities such as supermarkets, night clubs, hospital, pharmacies and even an open-air theater; however, the other islands are also real terrestrial paradises. The choice depends a lot on the type of holiday
  • Getting around: not all roads, especially on the wildest islands, are paved or in any case passable by car. Better to rent a scooter (from € 15,00 per day) or a bicycle (€ 10,00 per day, from € 25,00 for electric bikes); alternatively rental car (starting from € 30,00 per day) or taxi. In some islands it is not even possible to move by means of transport, so the only way to explore them is on foot
  • Recommended cards and passes: there are no passes or city cards for the island, but here you can take part in many experiences and activities, including excursions to different towns, boat trips, tastings and panoramic bus tours. You can book all your activities conveniently online and before you leave

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