The Aeolian Islands (Isole Eolie or Isole Lipari in Italian) are seven small inhabited Italian islands off the northern shore of Sicily, close to the tip of Italy’s toe. The islands are popular as a holiday destination, offering sunshine, beaches and natural beauty. The islands are grouped together as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lipari, Sicily, Italy
The most practical base is the island of Lipari. This is the largest island with the most to offer – a pretty, reasonable-sized town with a choice of accommodation and the busiest port for hydrofoil and ferry connections.
Panarea, Aeolian Islands, Sicily, Italy
Panarea is the most chic island, small and exclusive with prices to match
Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Sicily, Italy
Stromboli is for thrill-seekers wanting to climb the volcano, though apart from the hike and a boat trip to see eruptions there isn’t really that much to do.
Salina is green and natural and a good destination for a quieter stay.
Alicudi is a large volcanic cone sticking out of the sea; an extinct volcano now covered in vegetation.
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