Spend a few days on either end of your Italian Amalfi Coast itinerary with a Mediterranean yacht charter in the Aeolian Islands. 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, not to mention awe-inspiring beauty and delicious cuisine.
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 characteristics 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 vacation that will act as a backdrop for unforgettable memories.
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 nautical aficionados.
As you cruise to the island of Panarea, just off the toe of Italy’s boot, you will pass by the active volcano of Stromboli at dusk. Once you arrive, you can 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 lovely picnic and to explore the lush landscapes. Sail onto the island of Vulcano, a destination prized for generations for its healing qualities. The island has an abundance of bubbling mud ponds and hot springs for those wellness-conscious charterers. 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, one of the most famous active volcanoes in the world.
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