Sea, beaches, nature, history and culture off Sicily
The Aeolian Islands are a corner of paradise in the middle of the sea off the northern coast of Sicily. They are one of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites that contribute to making Italy one of the most visited countries in the world. It is impossible to remain indifferent to the beauty of this volcanic archipelago amidst the crystal-clear waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Always at the centre of myths and legends, the Aeolian Islands owe their name to the wind god of Greek mythology, Aeolus. There are 7 main islands: Lipari, Salina, Vulcano, Stromboli, Panarea, Alicudi and Filicudi. But they are also surrounded by several small islands of particular charm, such as Scoglio Faraglione and the island of Basiluzzo.
Why choose the Aeolian Islands for your holiday in Sicily? Easy: year-round temperate climate, breathtaking beaches, a sea suitable for diving and snorkelling, many magical places for trekking, and two active volcanoes, Stromboli and Vulcano, which make the landscapes even more evocative.
Which island to choose? Difficult, they all have something unique to offer. Diving enthusiasts can go to Filicudi, where a large underwater archaeological site can be explored. Those who instead aim for excursions can try their hand at a climb to the crater of Vulcano or hiking up Stromboli.