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From Taormina: Lipari and Vulcano Mini Cruise Aeolian Tour

1. From Taormina: Lipari and Vulcano Mini Cruise Aeolian Tour

The Aeolian Islands are a fascinating volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Sicily. They are named after Aeolus, the demigod of the winds.  Lipari is the biggest, most populated Aeolian Island and has historically been the most significant. Lipari offers a grand archaeological museum housed in the buildings around the Duomo. Also impressive are the white shiny pumice quarries, which, overlooking the sea, give the water an amazing turquoise hue. Vulcano, which gives its name to all volcanoes, is particularly famous for its sulfurous mud baths and its smoking main crater. A man named Stevenson lived on Vulcano until the last major eruption in 1888. He never returned although his villa is still visible and intact. The tour departs from Taormina by bus to Milazzo harbour on the North coast of Sicily then continues by private boat to Lipari. In Lipari there is plenty of time to visit the old town center, to see the interesting archaeological park or simply shop for souvenirs. Guests then transfer by boat to the island of Vulcano for a second stop. Here there is the possibility to swim in the warm sulphureous seawater, have a mud bath, or enjoy the beach and have a delicious lunch (optional). On the way back, the tour follows the coastline to see the Faraglioni Rocks, the Horse Cave and the Mermaid's Rock.

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Lipari: Vulcano, Panarea and Stromboli Boat Tour

2. Lipari: Vulcano, Panarea and Stromboli Boat Tour

In the morning you will set the route to the island of Vulcano, where, aboard the boat, you will coast and admire the Grotta del Cavallo and the famous Pool of Venus. Then dock at Porto di Levante and visit the village of Vulcano, the thermal mud lake and the beach of the hot sulphurous waters. Then, embark to visit Panarea. From the boat, you can admire the splendid bay of Cala Junco. After the visit, continue sailing towards Basiluzzo, the largest islet, and then reach Stromboli. At sunset, leave for a tour of Strombolicchio, while you drink a good glass of local Malvasia. Witness the spectacular eruptions of Stromboli and then return to Lipari.

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From Lipari: Panarea and Stromboli Boat Excursion

3. From Lipari: Panarea and Stromboli Boat Excursion

Spend the day on a memorable boat excursion through the Aeolian Islands. Enjoy the afternoon and evening exploring quaint villages and seeing stunning landscapes of the Mediterranean. Meet in Lipari and aboard your boat to begin your excursion through the Aeolian Islands. Have impressive views as you go along the pumice quarries and Monte Rosa. Head towards the island of Panarea, the smallest of the Aeolian islands. Admire the beautiful bay of Cala Junco before docking and have some free time to wander around the village. After time on Panarea, resume your boat excursion along Basiluzzo, the largest islet of Panarea, and the village of Ginostra before reaching the port of Stromboli. Arrive in Stromboli and be overwhelmed by the wild colors of nature. From the green scrub of the Mediterranean to the black volcanic landscape, from the blue frame of the sea to the white architecture of the island, the imagery of the island is one you won't forget. Have some free time to visit Stromboli and when the sun goes down, cruise around the islet of Strombolicchio. At dusk have your breath taken away as the active volcano magnifies its natural sounds in the dark of the evening.  Go along the Sciara del Fuoco before returning to Lipari.

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Lipari: Boat Tour of Vulcano Island with Disembarkation Stop

4. Lipari: Boat Tour of Vulcano Island with Disembarkation Stop

Meet your skipper in Lipari and embark on your trip around the island of Vulcano and the Vulcanello Peninsula. Admire the fantastic island from the sea and then sail around the peninsula. See the Grotta del Cavallo, the Piscina di Venere, and the Testa del Leone, before docking at the port on the island. Visit the nearby thermal mud lake and take a relaxing bath in its sulfurous waters. Enjoy a meal in the nearby village, visit the black sand beach, or climb up Vulcano to the crater to experience breathtaking views of the entire archipelago.

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From Lipari: Boat Tour to Salina with Stops

5. From Lipari: Boat Tour to Salina with Stops

Explore Lipari and Salina of the Aeolian Islands archipelago on this boat tour. Stop in Salina to visit the town of Santa Marina and the small village of Lingua. Discover some of the most magical corners of Lipari, most accessible via boat. First, head out to explore Lipari from the water. Spot Monte Rosa (also “Mount Rosa”), the village of Canneto, white beaches, and more. After a few minutes of sailing, see Pumice Beach with its turquoise waters. Then, arrive at the village of Acquacalda, where you can admire the white pumice caves from the sea. Next, move away from Lipari and sail towards Salina, where you will stop to visit and independently explore the town of Santa Marina and the village of Lingua on foot. In the bay of Pollara, the semicircle shape and high, layered walls of an ancient half-submerged crater give off the impression of a natural amphitheater. The bay is famous for some scenes from the latest masterpiece film by Massimo Troisi: "Il Postino" (“The Postman”). After your stop in Santa Marina Salina, stop in Lingua, a small seaside village with a natural salt lake. The last surprise will be the west of Lipari, which is mostly accessible from the sea. Caves, bays, and strange rock formations will follow one after the other. Immerse yourself in this unique landscape before the conclusion of the tour.

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From Milazzo: Lipari and Vulcano Day Trip

6. From Milazzo: Lipari and Vulcano Day Trip

Discover the 2 beautiful Liparian Islands north of the coast of Sicily. Begin your tour at 9:30 AM at the Port of Milazzo and set out along the foothills of Capo Milazzo to Lipari. Explore the land with its wonderful old town and archaeological park. Walk down the little streets and wander into tiny shops. Admire the impressive needle- and cone-shaped rock formations of Faraglioni, the Pope John Cliff, the Angels' Grotto and the Mummy Cliff. Then return to your ship and continue on to the island of Vulcano. Relax here in the sulfuric mud spa or on the dreamlike black sand beach, or enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. On your way back to Milazzo, enjoy a last view of the picturesque town of Gelso with its antique lighthouse.

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Lipari: Guided Tour and Wine Tasting

7. Lipari: Guided Tour and Wine Tasting

Venture to the largest bioenergy winery in the Aeolian Islands, 350 meters above sea level. Enjoy a guided tour of the cellar and the surrounding winery. Learn the history and processing techniques. Take in panoramic views while tasting four glasses paired with completely native gastro products. Arrive to a welcoming staff and hear the history of the wine cellar. Discover how the taste of each wine is unique due the volcanic nature of the territory. Walk in the winery and witness the processes of harvesting, drying, and vinification. Live the experience and taste four different wines. Eat excellent gastronomic pairings, completely local to the region. Soak in the panoramic views of the Aeolian Islands and taste the flavors of Lipari.

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Lipari: Winery Tour and Sunset Wine Tasting

8. Lipari: Winery Tour and Sunset Wine Tasting

Sit on a panoramic terrace and take in the sunset views as you sip on a selection of Lipari wines and snack on some local appetizers. After being welcomed by the winery staff, start your experience with a tour of the panoramic terrace. Then, continue to the winery where you will learn about the processes of harvesting, drying and winemaking. Walk through the vineyards of the estate and head to the panoramic viewpoint. Taste some white wine and enjoy some snacks while admiring the sunset. Return to the terrace for a red wine tasting, paired with a second cutting board of selected products. Finish with a taste of Malvasìa delle Lipari and appetizers.

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What people are saying about Lipari

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 230 reviews

This was a wonderful trip. We went on August 5, leaving early morning from Taormina. The tour guide on the bus was excellent. She also made some of the announcements on the boat. She spoke English, German and Italian and took good care of us. The islands are beautiful and the boat tour around Vulcano and Lipari before disembarking was especially amazing. We took the 10 Euro bus/taxi tours around both islands and got to see some beautiful places. The drive around Lipari even allowed for a brief, 20 minute swim at a beach on the north of the island. Both of the bus/taxi excursions around the islands were in Italian, and we do not understand the language, but it was still worthwhile for us. I highly recommend this experience.

Interesting tour, very well organised. Sebastiano is an amazing guide, always prepared for all kind of tourists, he adapted the schedule regarding our profile of interest and phisical skills and offered us an excellent afternoon for exploring the Mount Etna, for knowing a lot of new info about vulcanologic phenomena, to view a lor of spectacular sites and to explore a lava tube also. In the final part we had have the opportunity to admire the sunset siting on one of the lateral vulcanic crater, a perfect final of the day. So we are happy to conclude: perfect tour on Etna, not phisical demanding, perfect guide, a very helpful and friendly service!

Superb excursion! A moment out of time. We followed the program with the cave, the venere pool, a stop for swimming and a disembarkation on the island of Vulcano. We also had the choice of staying two or four hours on the island. The crew were very friendly, a great atmosphere on the boat. Well worth the price. We highly recommend!

Very beautiful, totally relaxed boat tour. Nice people, friendly staff. We’ve got the essential information about the island. Nothing more (no music, no advertising..), what we appreciated a lot! Thank you.

The activity was perfect and superbly well supervised. Excellent day thanks to this excursion.