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From Milazzo: Lipari and Vulcano Day Trip

1. From Milazzo: Lipari and Vulcano Day Trip

See the stunning Aeolian Archipelago on a day trip to the islands of Vulcano and Lipari from Milazzo. Take a boat to Lipari and go on a walk in the Old Town. Then, sail to the UNESCO-listed chain of volcanic islands. Enjoy a mud bath in Vulcano, swim in the Tyrrhenian Sea, or relax on the beach.  Discover the 2 beautiful Liparian Islands north of the coast of Sicily. Begin your tour in the morning 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, 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 one last view of the picturesque town of Gelso with its antique lighthouse.

From Tropea: Full Day Lipari, Panarea, & Stromboli Boat Trip

2. From Tropea: Full Day Lipari, Panarea, & Stromboli Boat Trip

Go on a trip to Lipari, Panarea, and Stromboli by speedboat. Hop on board in Tropea and enjoy the ride to the various islands, taking in the sites at each stop. Get a taste for Aeolian life and see typical streets and plazas, restaurants, shops, and unspoiled nature. Return to Tropea in the evening. Begin by meeting your guide at the Port of Tropea in the morning. After a short boat ride, arrive at your first stop, Lipari, the biggest, most populated of the islands. Visit the Basilica of San Bartolomeo and the Castle of Lipari. Opt to go on a boat tour of the area for an additional cost. Next, continue on to San Pietro, Panarea. Explore the island for a few hours, passing through the winding streets full of shops, clubs, and restaurants. Pass by the prehistoric village of Capo Milazzese and the famous beach of Cala Junco. Make your next island stop Stromboli. Visit the charming village of San Vincenzo, and discover more traditional restaurants and shops. Pay a visit to the active volcano Mount Stromboli, said to be one of the most active volcanoes on earth and where small explosions can be felt every half an hour. Head back to the boat and circumnavigate Strombolicchio and stop under the volcano to admire the Sciara Del Fuoco. As night falls and the evening approaches, get taken back to Tropea on the boat.

From Tropea: Stromboli, Lipari, Vulcano Guided Day Tour

3. From Tropea: Stromboli, Lipari, Vulcano Guided Day Tour

Set sail from Tropea on a guided day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Aeolian Islands of Stromboli, Lipari, and Vulcano. Explore stunning black sand beaches, swim in the shadow of Mount Stromboli, stroll through charming old towns, and discover picturesque sea views. Start your adventure from the Port of Tropea and meet your friendly guide and group for the day. Cruise on the Tyrrhenian Sea for two hours until you see the Aeolian Island of Stromboli's beautiful coastline on the horizon. Set foot on Stromboli and discover the traditional village of San Vincenzo with white houses and Aeolian architecture. Enjoy your free time with the chance to walk along charming streets, admire Mount Stromboli, or go swimming at the seafront's black sand beaches. Cruise to Lipari, the largest of the islands with so much to discover. Go sightseeing at the Acropolis and Lipari Cathedral or listen to the peaceful sounds of the ocean at Marina Corta and Marina Lunga. If you're looking for tradition, head to the historic center. Travel just a few hundred meters south to the island of Vulcano. Admire the jets of steam from the volcano said to be the mythological home of Hephaestus and trek along the volcanic trail to be blown away by the views from the crater.

From Lipari: Panarea and Stromboli Boat Excursion

4. 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.

From Tropea: Day Tour to the Aeolian Islands

5. From Tropea: Day Tour to the Aeolian Islands

Visit 3 of the most beautiful Aeolian Islands on this day tour from Tropea. Climb aboard the comfortable excursion boat to start your adventure. Your first destination is Vulkano, the southernmost island whose sulphur baths are known for their medicinal properties. Spend 90 minutes on the island and explore it as you wish before continuing on the tour. On the largest Aeolian Island of Lipari, you can enjoy the sight of colorful fishing boats in the harbor and admire the views of the city. The castle towers high above the town, and the streets on either side are decorated with flowers of the Marina Corta and Marina Lunga districts. Further inland you will find caper bushes, pumice stone mines, and fantastic viewpoints. You have the option of taking a bus tour or exploring the island on your own. Afterward, you will head to the volcanic island of Stromboli with one of the highest volcanoes in Europe. Watch the fantastic eruptions with plumes of smoke and let yourself be drawn under the spell of this natural spectacle. Visit the village of San Vincenzo, which attracted Ingrid Bergman and Rossellini. Stroll through the small boutiques and souvenir shops, enjoy an “aperitivo”, or bathe in the crystal-clear water.

From Tropea: Panarea and Stromboli Islands Boat Tour

6. From Tropea: Panarea and Stromboli Islands Boat Tour

Take an insightful adventure to two unique Aeolian Islands as you travel by boat from Tropea. Discover the quaint streets and shops of Panarea's historic center and stop at the active volcano on Stromboli, then explore the exotic black sand beaches and the local village. Depart from the port of Tropea and navigate toward Panarea while taking in the open ocean views. Disembark at San Pietro and explore the town's center. Walk through ancient streets filled with stores and restaurants, and reach the small Church of San Pietro, the island's patron. If you'd like to see even more of the island, you can take a cab over to the prehistoric village of Capo Malattese and the famous beach of Cala Junco, just a few minutes away. Alternatively, book an extra tour to the uninhabited local coves and islets. Leave Panarea behind and head over to Stromboli for an exciting visit to the active volcano with black sand beaches. Reach the charming village of San Vincenzo, and enjoy some free time before hopping back on board to watch the sunset over the volcano's Sciara del Fuoco.

Lipari: Vulcano, Panarea and Stromboli Boat Tour

7. 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.

From Taormina: Lipari and Vulcano Mini Cruise Aeolian Tour

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

Discover the islands of Lipari and Vulcano that lie in a volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea on this day trip from Taormina. Ride in a climate-controlled bus to Milazzo and take a private boat to Lipari and Vulcano and glimpse the Faraglioni Rocks on the return trip. Depart from Taormina aboard a comfortable bus to Milazzo harbor on the North coast of Sicily. Hop aboard a spacious boat and feel the sea breeze on your face as you travel to Lipari, the biggest, most populated and most historically significant of the Aeolian Islands Spend free time exploring the Old Town which has vibrantly colored buildings, a stunning cathedral, and old fortification walls. Stroll through the narrow streets to uncover shops, cafes, and take in views of the turquoise sea. Head to the island of Vulcano, which gives its name to all volcanoes. Have free time to visit its sulfurous mud baths, take in views of its smoking main crater, or go for lunch at a local restaurant. On the way back to Milazzo, the tour follows the coastline to see the breathtaking Faraglioni Rock formation, the Horse Cave and the Mermaid's Rock. Transfer back to meeting point in Taormina by bus at the end of your tour.

From Lipari: Boat Tour to Salina with Stops

9. 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.

From Milazzo: Lipari, Panarea, and Stromboli Boat Trip

10. From Milazzo: Lipari, Panarea, and Stromboli Boat Trip

Experience a full-day tour of the Aeolian Islands, which form one of the most active geological structures in the Mediterranean area. The Archipelago of the Aeolian Islands consists of seven exquisite islands off the coast of Sicily - Lipari, Panarea, Vulcano, Stromboli, Salina, Alicudi, and Filicudi - in addition to smaller islets and giant boulders. They all emerge from an uncontaminated sea, created by still-active volcanoes (Stromboli and Vulcano), and blessed by a savage beauty. The Islands, the destination for tens of thousands of tourists annually, are part of the Province of Messina. Departing from Milazzo, sail to Lipari and stop for 3 hours in one of the most beautiful towns of the Aeolian Islands. Then depart from Lipari to Panarea, the smallest of the islands. Soak up the beautiful atmosphere of the island as you stroll around the narrow streets of its historic center. Afterward, pay a visit to the prehistoric village of Capo Milazzese, where you can learn more about Panarea's ancient origins. Visiting Cala Junco Bay is a must - a spectacular beach shaped like an amphitheater ideal for underwater swimming. Finally, relax on the sandy beach of Cala degli Zimmari before continuing your journey. Sail through the picturesque inlets which form a micro-archipelago between Lipari and the island of Stromboli, your next stop. Visit Saint Vincent’s Square and the house in which Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman lived during the shooting of the film "Stromboli terra di Dio" (Stromboli land of God). As the sun sets over the island, enjoy panoramic views of the port and volcanoes from the main square. Watch as the fire of the eruptions and the dark sky clash with each other providing ever-changing colorful creations in the Sciara del Fuoco.

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What people are saying about Lipari

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 464 reviews

It was a great experience, less tiring than I thought. It is a great tour to get an idea of the beauties of the Aeolian Islands. The only precaution: you should enter the program with the indicative times of the various stops in order to understand in advance how much time you have available for each island. For us the departure from Tropea was at 7:45 am and we had a 1 hour and 30 stop on Vulcano and Stromboli and 2 hours and 30 to Lipari where we had time to have lunch and take a quick tour in the center. The ship was very comfortable and very clean, with a well-stocked and inexpensive bar inside. The staff were very kind. All well done! Congratulations, thanks for the great experience!

Punctual and precise. Ground and on-board staff very helpful and courteous. The interlocutor was also very kind on the phone. The motor ship (Stromboli Express) was in perfect order and cleanliness. I would do the tour again, but alas, maybe next year. Gennaro D'Amato.

Everything fine. Long day not necessarily suitable for children under 6 years. The ship's crew was friendly, everything was pleasant

Molto bello! Bisogna essere veloci e ben organizzati per riuscire a vedere tutto. La nave e nuova e pulita, staff gentilissimo!

A superb day of discoveries: Stromboli, Lipari, Vulcano. Time on each island adapted to the format of the day, I recommend