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From Milazzo: Panarea and Stromboli Boat Trip by Night

1. From Milazzo: Panarea and Stromboli Boat Trip by Night

Experience the glitz and glamour of the Aeolian Islands on this full-day tour. Departing from Milazzo, sail to Panarea, the smallest of the islands. Soak up the glamorous atmosphere of the island, favored by VIPs, 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. You must also visit Cala Junco Bay, a spectacular beach in the shape of an amphitheater that is ideal for underwater swimming. Finally, relax on the sandy beach of Cala degli Zimmari before continuing your journey. Having left Panarea, sail through the picturesque inlets which form a micro-archipelago between Lipari and the island of Stromboli, your next stop. Enjoy some free time to discover this island, which is home to one of the most active volcanoes in the world, at your own pace. Visit Saint Vincent’s Square, named after the church dedicated to the same Saint, 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, which will be visible from the sea during the return journey.

From Milazzo: Lipari and Vulcano Day Trip

2. 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.

Taormina: Coastline Boat Tour and Swimming at Isola Bella

3. Taormina: Coastline Boat Tour and Swimming at Isola Bella

Relax on this 2-hour boat tour of the Taormina coastline. The tour will depart from the Giardini Naxos port before taking you out into the expansive turquoise sea, sailing past many beautiful sights along the way. The tour includes visits to some stunning places around Taormina, such as Cape Schisò, Cape Taormina, Cross Rock, Prickly Pears Rock. See the Cave of the Mermaids, Grotta Azzurra, the Coral Cave, the Ziu Innaru Rock and the Bay of Mazzaro. You have the chance to stop at the breathtaking Isola Bella bay and plunge yourself into the crystal clear waters for some swimming or snorkeling. You will enjoy a snack and a drink at the bay before returning back to the port. This is a truly unmissable way to see the natural beauty of Taormina from the sea. 

From Taormina: Chic Panarea and Stromboli Day Tour

4. From Taormina: Chic Panarea and Stromboli Day Tour

Take a tour of Stromboli and Panarea, both belonging to the Aeolian Archipelago. Enjoy this unique chance to see volcanic eruptions and learn the history of these ancient islands. On a private motorboat equipped with toilets and bar, arrive at Panarea onto Calajunco Bay and the small Zimmari Beach. Take in the quiet beauty of these stunning beaches as you explore the second smallest of the islands. Meander along its winding streets and gravel beaches, taking in the perfect Sicilian backdrop.  Sail around the rocks in front of Panarea and then proceed to Stromboli, home to one of Italy’s 3 active volcanoes. Constantly active, you will be able to see the eruptions from the sea and the many viewing points on the island. This spectacular phenomenon has given the island the nickname 'Lighthouse of the Mediterranean'. After looking over the small village of Ginostra from the sea, you have the chance to explore the historical center of San Vincenzo until sunset. Back on board guests sail out to sea to watch the dramatic eruptions of the Sciara del Fuoco, fire slide, against the night’s sky. 

Taormina: Boat Cruise with Swimming and Aperitif

5. Taormina: Boat Cruise with Swimming and Aperitif

Cruise through the beautiful waters along the coast of Taormina. See the Bay of Giardini Naxos, the entire Gulf of the first Sicilian Greek Colony, and beautiful coves along the coast of Taormina. Swim in warm crystal clear waters and enjoy fresh fruit and an aperitif on this daytime boat tour. Board a typical Sicilian launch boat and set out on this coastal boat tour for a trip full of beautiful sights, fun, relaxation and music. Start the tour from the Bay of Giardini Naxos, and admire the scenery as the boat skirts the entire gulf of the first Sicilian Greek colony. Discover enchanting places along the way, like the magnificent natural coves of Taormina. Enjoy stops on the tour and take the opportunity to dive into the crystalline emerald green waters while tasting fresh fruit accompanied by an aperitif.

From Taormina: Lipari and Vulcano Mini Cruise Aeolian Tour

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

Discover the islands of Lipari and Vulcano 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 the island of Lipari and Vulcano.  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 as you travel to Lipari, the 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 Milazzo: Lipari, Panarea, and Stromboli Boat Trip

7. 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.

From Taormina: Full-Day Guided Tour of Syracuse

8. From Taormina: Full-Day Guided Tour of Syracuse

For those traveling to Sicily, Syracuse is not to be missed. Once the most important city in Magna Graecia, it defeated the mighty Athens in 413 and was home to many a great Greek, including the inimitable Archimedes. At the height of its economic, political, and military power, the city had a population of 300,000 and, according to Cicero, was "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all.” Join a full-day guided bus tour of this great city, which includes a visit to its archaeological sites as well as the island of Ortygia. First, visit the archaeological site, which is situated in the northwest of the town and is home to a staggering number of well-preserved Greek and Roman remains. The main attraction is undoubtedly the Greek theater, which dates back at least until the 5th Century BC. Its cavea is amongst the largest ever built, its 59 rows could accommodate up to 15,000 spectators. Just over the ridge from the theater, you will see the old stone quarries where today there grows a fragrant lemon orchard. Also, visit the famous Ear of Dionysius, a 20m-high, slender pointed arch cut into the rock face about 65m deep. The rock was once used by Dionysius the Tyrant as a prison for his bitterest enemies. After stopping by the Roman amphitheater, continue on to the Archaeological Museum, which contains a great collection of exhibits from all over the Syracuse area. Spend the second half of your day wandering around the beautiful island of Ortygia. It may be a small island, but it's packed with over 2,500 years of history. Architectural styles vary widely, encompassing Greek and Roman remains, Medieval Norman buildings, and a great deal of understated Baroque visible in the main cathedral. In the afternoon, take a break to relax in one of the island's many restaurants, trattorias or bars, as you take in the sights of the lagoon.

Catania: Syracuse, Ortigia, and Noto Guided Tour

9. Catania: Syracuse, Ortigia, and Noto Guided Tour

Starting from Catania or Taormina, the first stop of the tour will be Syracuse with its Neapolis, an archaeological park that houses within it important monuments of the Greek and Roman period, such as the Greek Theatre, the Latomie del Paradiso, the Ear of Dionysus and the Roman Amphitheatre. Immediately after you will visit Ortigia, the historical and cultural center of Syracuse, famous for the ruins of the first Greek buildings, such as the Temple of Apollo: the oldest Greek temple in Sicily, dating back to the sixth century BC. Arriving in Piazza Duomo, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy, you can visit the majestic Cathedral, the largest and most controversial monument, which stands on the highest point of the city. No less important is the Fountain Arethusa, a mirror of fresh water, located a few meters from the sea, linked to the mythological love story of the nymph Arethusa and the river Alfeo. After lunch, continue the tour with a visit to Noto, a true open-air museum, which has been awarded the title of Baroque capital of Sicily, for the characteristic narrow streets and the Baroque architecture of its palaces and churches, such as the majestic Cathedral, the Palazzo Nicolaci and the long Corso Vittorio Emanuele.

Catania: Giardini, Taormina, and Castelmola Day Trip

10. Catania: Giardini, Taormina, and Castelmola Day Trip

Following your collection from the meeting point, your tour starts with a visit of Giardini Naxos, the first Greek colony in Sicily. After enjoying the beauty of Giardini Naxos, continue on driving to the enchanting village of Castelmola. From Castelmola you can enjoy amazing views of both Giardini Naxos Bay and Mount Etna. After this viewpoint, travel on to the beautiful town of Taormina where you stop in one of the most famous Sicilian Locations. Following a brief visit to the town and the visit to the “Beautiful Island” Natural Park Beach, your guide returns you back to Catania.

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Great day out with my daughter. It’s a big fast boat, but nice and didn’t feel overcrowded. Ability to be inside or outside was great because of the hot sun. Both islands are beautiful, but nowhere to change clothes, so be prepared to wear a bathing suit or be wet and sandy after the beach. Not really a problem in either place though! Depending on the location on the boat, guide commentary could be completely unable to be heard, but the four languages it was provided in was really great, and information was complete. Snack bar had everything you’d need and was restocked at each stop.

This tour was amazing! The view from see was breathtaking. We sailed along the coast from Naxos to Taormina and back. The host was so nice and also fun. It was wonderful to take a dip to the see and get refreshments afterwards. The Italian people on the trip with me were so much fun and we all ended up dancing on the deck, also the host . Very fair price an I highly recommend .

Breathtaking experience, I imagined it to be nice, but was again positively surprised. We were traveling with two children and it was a unique experience for both of them.

We were lucky enough to have the boat to ourselves, wonderful moments, wonderful coasts, suggestive atmosphere

great organization, everything worked as announced,