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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. See the famous Capo Milazzese, Cala Degli Zimmari, Saint Vincent’s Square, and other places before witnessing the magical sunset over the island. After 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. You will continue to pay a visit to the prehistoric village of Capo Milazzese, where you can learn more about Panarea's ancient origins. 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.

Stromboli: Sunset Trekking at Sciara del Fuoco

2. Stromboli: Sunset Trekking at Sciara del Fuoco

Embark on a guided hiking trip and witness Stromboli Island at sunset. Marvel at the breathtaking island views, the Mediterranean Sea, and Stromboli, and watch the active volcano light up the night sky. Meet your guide and set off from Piazza San Vincenzo before sunset. After a safety briefing, start your hike from a nature trail that leads to 400 meters, the maximum altitude allowed with a guide. Soak up the dramatic views of the summit craters and Sciara del Fuoco from a viewpoint. During the trek, take breaks to take in the views and even visit the old island cemetery. Cross the Mediterranean shrubs, accompanied by the constant view of the Strombolicchio.  On arrival at Sciara del Fuoco, marvel at the sunset that colors the Aeolian archipelago red and witness the volcanic eruptions lighting up the night sky. Then, make your way downhill in the dark, equipped with torches, and return to the starting point.

From Milazzo: Vulcano, Panarea, & Stromboli Day Trip by Boat

3. From Milazzo: Vulcano, Panarea, & Stromboli Day Trip by Boat

Have free time to discover the islands of Vulcano, Panarea, and Stromboli on this day trip from Milazz. Take in stunning caves, inlets, and sea cliffs by boat and finish the day by watching the sunset over one of the world's most active volcanoes. Depart from the Port of Milazzo in the afternoot and relax aboard a comfortable boat on the journey to Vulcano. Stop for about 2 hours of free time where you can unwind on black sand beaches of volcanic origin or go hiking to the main crater of Vulcano where you are rewarded 360 degree views the he Aeolian Islands. Have the option to visit the “La Valle dei Mostri” (The Monster Valley) and “La Grotta del Cavallo” (The Horse Grotto) on your own before getting back on the boat for the trip to Panarea, where there is another 2-hours of free time to take in this glamourous wonderland that is frequented by VIPs who love the sea. Soak up some sun on beaches like the sandy Cala degli Zimmari, go for a stroll in its historic center to see Saint Peter’s Church (the main religious building of the island), or visit Cala Junco Bay for a dip in crystal-clear waters. Sail along the route of the inlets Basiluzzo, Spinazzola, Lisca Bianca, Dattilo, Bottaro, Lisca Nera, and the rocks Panarelli and Formiche. All these, form a micro-archipelago between Lipari and the island of Stromboli. Finally arrive on the unique volcanic island of Stromboli. Discover one of the most active volcanoes in the world with 1.5-hours of free time. See how the rhythmical explosions of ash and lapilli give the island a fascinating and wild appearance. Go to Saint Vincent’s Square where the house in which Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman lived in during the shooting of the film “Stromboli terra di Dio” (Stromboli land of God). Looking out from the square, enjoy a panoramic view of the port with the Strombolicchio, the oldest volcano of the Aeolian Islands. Leave Stromboli as the sun is setting and watch the fire of the eruptions and the dark clash with each other providing ever-changing colorful creations in the Sciara del Fuoco which is visible from the sea during the return journey. Return to your meeting point in Milazzo late at night.

From Tropea: Stromboli, Lipari, Vulcano Guided Day Tour

4. 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 Milazzo: Panarea & Stromboli Cruise & Shore Excursion

5. From Milazzo: Panarea & Stromboli Cruise & Shore Excursion

As soon as we leave the port of Milazzo we will sail towards the island of Panarea, the smallest and most "fascinating" of the Aeolian Islands, with arrival and disembarkation at the port of San Pietro. Panarea is truly unique in its charm and beauty. From the port there is direct access to the picturesque village of San Pietro with typical white houses arranged next to each other, set in a colorful nature. From here, among the many meeting places, restaurants, small shops, and boutiques scattered along the narrow streets that cross it, it is possible to reach the main points of attraction (on foot or with typical local taxis): the Church of San Pietro - with its valuable mosaic and the terrace from which you can enjoy a beautiful panorama, Drauto, the Cala degli Zimmari – with its particular sandy beach. A path of steps leads to the promontory of Capo Milazzese and the suggestive Cala Junco bay, an incomparable cove with breathtaking colors and a crystalline sea that hosts a small pebble beach. Above, in the frame, a prehistoric village dating back to the Bronze Age (1400 BC) with the remains of 22 oval-shaped stone huts and one with a quadrangular shape, perhaps a place of meeting and worship of the community. ** At 16.00 a.c. there is a direct connection that will allow you to reach the island of Stromboli. During this connection you will cross the ancient volcanic caldera of Panarea, you will be able to see the volcanic remains that have emerged, islets and rocks that have formed a mini-archipelago: Formiche, Dattilo, Panarelli, Lisca Nera, Bottaro, Lisca Bianca, Basiluzzo and Punta Spinazzola. Stromboli, "iddu", the black giant that emerges in all its grandeur from the deep blue sea.For millennia it has been one of the most active volcanoes in the world, with its "Strombolian shots" - explosions of lapilli, ashes and magma visible at regular intervals of 15/20 minutes - it is like a beacon for sailors. From the port of San Vincenzo "Scari", immediately attacked, long black beaches of pebbles and sand alternate. From here, a road crosses the village and allows you to reach the Church of San Vincenzo with its panoramic square in front of which you can see Strombolicchio, also known as the "grandfather of Stromboli", above which the lighthouse of the island resides. Continuing along the same road, it is possible to reach the "Casa di Ingrid", today a house museum, where the famous film "Stromboli Terra di Dio" by Roberto Rossellini was filmed with Ingrid Bergman. At dusk, while in all the other islands the evening is spent in a conventional way, with an aperitif, dinner or two visits to the disco, in Stromboli we embark and, passing under the Sciara del Fuoco, it is possible to watch from the sea to the show of incandescent lapilli. When there are effusive eruptions, as happened in 2019, the lava river slides down the slope and ends up in the sea, releasing large columns of steam.

From Taormina: Chic Panarea and Stromboli Day Tour

6. 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. 

From Tropea: Panarea Island and Stromboli Volcano by Night

7. From Tropea: Panarea Island and Stromboli Volcano by Night

Get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure to the stunning Aeolian Islands! Your journey begins Tropea port at 10:20. From there, you will travel to the charming island of Panarea, arriving around 12:45. Once you arrive, the island is yours to explore! Take a dip in the crystal-clear waters, stroll through the quaint town, indulge in a delicious lunch, or venture out to the prehistoric village of Capo Milazzese. The village dates back to 1400 BC and is just a 25-minute walk or taxi ride away. This unique and fascinating destination will transport you back in time, and leave you in awe of the ancient history of the island. Later in the day, you will depart from Panarea around 15:15 and head to Stromboli, one of the most picturesque islands in the Mediterranean. Upon your arrival at 16:00, take a leisurely walk on the black sand beach of S. Vincenzo and soak in the stunning cobalt blue sea. You can also indulge in some local cuisine or indulge in a bit of shopping. As the sun begins to set, you will embark on an exciting journey to the "sciara di fuoco" at around 19:40. After a 30-minute boat ride to the opposite side of the island, you will witness the nighttime eruption of the active Stromboli volcano. This natural wonder is a truly mesmerizing sight that will leave you breathless! You will have a 20-minute stopover there, allowing you to fully take in the beauty of this unique volcanic landscape. As the evening comes to a close, you will head back to Tropea, arriving at around 22:30, and finally to the Vibo Marina port around 23:30. This incredible itinerary offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience, showcasing the natural beauty, rich history, and unique culture of the Aeolian Islands. Get ready to create unforgettable memories and embark on an adventure of a lifetime!

From Tropea: Stromboli Volcano Night Tour

8. From Tropea: Stromboli Volcano Night Tour

Visit the fantastic island of Stromboli on this tour starting in the early afternoon from Tropea. Drive through the sunset and admire the perfect cone of the volcano crater. During the trip, enjoy the sea breeze and the fantastic views. In the summer and autumn, can keep an eye out for dolphins swimming alongside the boat. Visit dreamy San Vincenzo, explore the village, and enjoy the fantastic view of the open sea. You will be enchanted by the small streets between white Aeolian houses, the turquoise water, and the lush green palm trees and cacti. Explore the island, or relax at the black sandy beach and go for a swim. The small alternative shops invite you to go shopping and the numerous restaurants offer the opportunity for a romantic dinner. Once back to the boat, you'll cruise to Sciara del Fuoco ("Stream of Fire"). Admire the fascinating natural firework on the uninhabited side of the island. A soft rumbling accompanies the permanent eruptions of the volcano, creating small and large columns of smoke. After 30 minutes you will head back to the port of Tropea.

From Tropea: Lipari, Panarea, and Stromboli Night Cruise

9. From Tropea: Lipari, Panarea, and Stromboli Night Cruise

Departure: from the port of Vibo Marina at 8:15 AM. Departure: from the port of Tropea at 9:30 AM. ITINERARY: Arrival at Lipari (Marina Corta) at around 12:50 pm. Free stop on the island for about 2 hours, with the possibility of visiting the historic center, the Aeolian Museum, and doing some shopping. Alternatively, during the stop in Lipari, there is the possibility of a coastal excursion with the same ship. Departure from the port of Marina Corta (Lipari) at 12:55 pm along the island to the beautiful coves overlooking the stunning Faralglioni, called Pietra Lunga and Pietra Menalda, which can only be reached by sea, with limited speed. We will reach the Grotta del Cavallo and the wonderful natural pool of Venere. Expected return to the port of Lipari (Marina Corta) at 1:15 pm - To participate in this excursion, it is necessary to ask the onboard staff during the trip. Departure from Lipari (Marina Corta) at around 2:50 pm. Arrival at Panarea around 3:40 pm. Stop on the island for about 1.5 hours. Disembarkation at the port of San Pietro (Panarea), where passengers can swim, visit the village, have lunch, or go to the small prehistoric village of Capo Milazzese, dating back to 1400 BC (which can be reached on foot in about 25 minutes or by typical taxi). Departure from Panarea around 5:10 pm. Arrival at Stromboli around 6:00 pm. Stop in the village of S. Vincenzo for about 2 hours, with the possibility of visiting the village characterized by narrow streets and typical oil houses. Alternatively, we recommend a relaxing walk on the characteristic black sand beach or a refreshing dive in the beautiful cobalt blue sea. Departure from Stromboli around 8:00 pm towards Strombolicchio and then SCIARA DEL Fuoco to admire the volcano's activities. Expected arrival in Tropea around 10:30 pm. Expected arrival in Vibo M. around 11:15 pm.

From Lipari: Panarea and Stromboli Full-Day Boat Trip

10. From Lipari: Panarea and Stromboli Full-Day Boat Trip

Heading for Stromboli , we will reach the wonderful of Calajunco in Panarea . Than we will have a stop on the island to discover this wonderful place. Afterwards we will pass among the islets, sailing towards Stromboli. Around Panarea there are many wonderful islet to see like Spinazzola, Dattilo, Basiluzzo ecc. Onceon Stromboli , we will stop so that, you can have time to go for a walk peeping into the little shops, or into the beautiful gardens and also to swim in the cobalt blue seawater. At sunset we will visit the Strombolicchio a mastodontic rock and we will go under the Sciara to look, from the sea, at the special show that this never-ending active volcano gives us, bursting into a symphony of red lapilli.

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Based on the information sent on the application, it was possible to plan well (arrival time, parking time, etc.). The route plan sent took me exactly to the meeting point. The ship left exactly from Milazzo and from the stops according to the program. It is a good idea that the departure time is indicated on a sign when leaving.

Everything went according to plan. The bus left more or less on time, we got to the ferry terminal easily and the boat left on time. We got to Panarea and left on time. Sadly, however, it was too choppy to land on Stromboli.

We were extremely lucky, because the vulcano is very active in these days. The standard trail is demaged and to have a guide is recommended.

Fabio was an amazing guide. The islands were lovely to explore. Really relaxed day with the highlight being the eruptions on Stromboli

Great value for money. Stromboli erupted quite a few times - but travelling on a Sunday meant few restaurants were open.