Sicily & The Aeolian Islands

Positioned on the apex of trade routes with ancient Greece, Sicily was a natural hub for Greek expansion in the 8th century BC.
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Today, it remains a favourite yacht charter destination for travellers wishing to mix history, culture and art with a pleasant climate and beautiful beaches.

To the north of Sicily lies the volcanic archipelago of the Aeolian Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a fascinating region for active travel. It’s a place where harsh volcanic landscapes dotted with the ghostly remnants of ancient foundations contrast beautifully with whitewashed villages that gaze out over the sea on the fringes of each rocky outcrop.

Recommended Itinerary
1. Vulcano
2. Panarea
3. Taormina
4. Stromboli
5. Syracuse
6. Giardini-Naxos
7. Messina
8. Lipari


The geologically phenomenal Vulcano – so-called after the Roman god Vulcan (Greek: Hephaestos) who was said to house his smith there – can be smelt before it can be seen. Sulphorous pockets emit strongly scented gases around the harbour, and these fumes also hiss out of the pavements, a phenomenon not to be missed. The main reason to visit Vulcano is to bathe in the volcanic mud which is excellent for the purification of skin, to then wash in the Jacuzzi-like sea, bubbling with hot gases coming up through the sea-bed.

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