Aeolian Islands Yacht Charter
Aeolian Islands Guide
Spend a few days either end of your Italian Amalfi Coast itinerary with an additional Aeolian Islands yacht charter. Made for the waterborne, the archipelago of seven Aeolian Islands – Stromboli, Panarea, Salina, Lipari, Vulcano, Filicudi and Alicudi - have the air of a place where time has stood still.
To the far south of Italy, the Aeolian Islands and Sicily reveal some of the most dramatic landscapes and fascinating historical sites in the Mediterranean. Created by volcanoes, two of which are still active, the seven Aeolian islands have all the right credentials for an upmarket chill-out zone. Whether combining the islands with an Amalfi Coast itinerary or as a stand alone Aeolian Island yacht charter, they offer all the credentials for an idyllic yacht charter.
The Aeolian Islands take their name from the Greek god of the winds, Aeolus. According to Greek legend, Aeolus lived in the islands and provided winds to take Odysseus and his crew safely home to Ithaca. Magical in every way, the islands all boast a special charm and character just waiting to be discovered by the waterborne.
Cruise to the island of Panarea, just off the toe of Italy’s boot, passing the active volcano of Stromboli at dusk. Venture ashore to the many bars and restaurants that line the harbor of Panarea. After a peaceful’s night anchorage, set sail for Panarea’s offshore islands and anchor off, taking the tender ashore for a picnic and to explore. Sail on to the island of Vulcano. Prized for generations for its healing qualities, the island has an abundance of bubbling mud ponds and hot springs. Anchor overnight at Lipari and visit the numerous historic sites, boutiques and restaurants.
Sail through the Messina Straits and the fleets of tall-masted swordfishing boats to Taormina – the Monte Carlo of Sicily. Strategically positioned, the rugged island of Sicily has suffered a long history of invasion, and the influence of the Greeks, Byzantines, Romans, Arabs and Normas is still visible in the shape of beautiful temples and historic buildings. Discover the thriving resort of Giardini Naxos, Sicily’s oldest Greek settlement, and venture inland to view Mount Etna, the world’s largest active volcano.
- Visit the numerous historic sites, boutiques and restaurants on Lipari.
- Bathe in the hot springs and bubbling mud ponds on Vulcano.
- View the awe-inspiring explosions of glowing lava erupting on the volcanic island of Stromboli.
- Stroll through the quiet cobblestone lanes that can be found in every picture-perfect village of Panarea.
- Make a scenic journey around Lipari, discovering deep grottos, bays and small inlets.
- Relax on the laid-back island of Salina or take a hike up to the island’s highest peak, Monte Fossa delle Felci.
Spend a night or two anchored off Lipari and discover the lively town of the same name with its pretty harbor and historic castle-citadel. Tour the museum and stop for lunch at one of the pretty harbor-front restaurants.