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Ferries to Aeolian Islands

The Aeolian Islands are nestled in between the mainland of Italy and the island of Sicily - naturally there is an extensive network of ferries that whisk visitors to the numerous islands from these two locations.

From Mainland Italy, the port of Napoli in the south of the country is the major hub for ferries to the Islands, while Milazzo and Palermo are the departure ports for the crossings from Sicily.

Lipari is the largest and busiest island in the Aeolian region, and its history means that visitors can admire a variety of striking pieces of architecture. To get the best possible perspective of the island, it is essential to view the scenery from a great height, and the volcanic nature of Lipari has created a number of excellent vantage points - Mount Saint Angelo is amongst the very best of these. For locals and tourists alike, the Feasts of Saint Bartholomew have pride of place on the cultural calendar during the month of August.

As its name suggests, Vulcano is an island that gives visitors the chance to walk right into volcanic craters that have naturally formed on an immense scale. The island itself has a relatively tiny population that solely relies upon tourism, and as such visitors are always guaranteed a warm welcome - Vulcano residents operate a number of different restaurants that offer examples of the cuisine that have made the Aeolian Islands famous around the world. Fresh fish dishes are influenced by the position of the islands, and washing it all down with a glass or two of Malvasia delle Lipari is a fantastic way to end your meal.

When travelling by car to any of the Aeolian Islands, it is advisable to get the latest information in advance about the vehicle types that are allowed on each individual island. Restrictions are often in place to protect the serene and un-crowded nature of the islands, but once you get off the ferries there are a number of opportunities for bike and scooter rentals.

Getting there is only part of the fun, and using the ferry network to explore the region will show you exactly how the Aeolian Islands offer tourist experiences that cannot be found anywhere else.

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Aeolian Islands reviews

  • "Comfortable, clean and punctual"

    The ferry was comfortable, clean and punctual. I marked down the catering because, as far as I remember, there wasn't any

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  • "Fast ferry, but be sure to get out at your stop in time!"

    The ferry was good, fast, punctual enough, spacious and comfortable. But we (and couple others) had "funny" problem. We went to lower deck and when our stop came they announced it adding "stay in your seats", so we stayed. After very short stop (no people were getting out around us) ferry went on to the next stop. Thank God that it was very near and it was the last stop, so we could come back with the same ferry rather fast.

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  • "Plain Sailing"

    A utilitarian ferry service completely at odds with the glamour and drama of the islands it serves. If, like me, you were anticipating the time on board being a joyous and memorable part of your holiday then you're in for a disappointment. These are working ferries providing a service to locals and we tourists are just tagging along. Think Staten Island and you'll be close to the mark. But they're frequent, pretty reliable, and they get the job done with the minimum of fuss. And all the Aeolians are so beautiful you'll have completely forgotten about the ferry within moments of landing. So, the opposite of the memorable experience I was anticipating, but just as useful for all that. So get your tickets bought and see the beautiful, dreamy, wafty, Aeolians. And buy your tickets at the quayside. There's no shortage of spaces and they're much cheaper than online.

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  • "Getting to stromboli"

    The trip across was relaxing had to change at lipari another beautiful island. The trip back.was fine. There is no shop on the boat where you can buy water so take your own

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