Group hiking among wildflowers near sea

Aeolian Islands & Volcano Walking Tour in Sicily

Magical – when it takes one word to describe the Aeolian Islands walking tour in Sicily, this is it. The ever-changing colors of the sea, the pure white houses set amidst vibrant gardens, the trail to a smoking volcano, and the intense flavors of the islands’ cuisine all add up to a magical experience. We’ll be based on the beautiful island of Salina in a welcoming family-run inn with an excellent restaurant, pool, and a garden of lush lemon trees.  Each day we’ll ferry to a different one of the Aeolian islands and take a guided walk along ancient mule tracks enjoying the best views in the Aeolian islands and immersing ourselves in the unique beauty of each island.  From the black lava beach and live volcano of Stromboli, to the lush green hills of Salina, and on to the faraway paradise of Filicudi, our walking tour of the Aeolian islands encompasses the best walks and fresh vibrant food of this magical archipelago, and will leave you longing to return.

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Trip Length 8 Days
Walking Level Moderate
Trip Cost $4980

Walking Levels

Our walks are rated for their level of difficulty as follows:

  • Stroll – Daily distance of 2-5 km (1-3 miles) through archeological sites and in towns with stone stairways. Footwear: Lightweight walking shoes.
  • Easy – Daily distance of 8-10 km (5-7 miles) on dirt paths and gravel roads, with short ascents & descents. Good van access for assistance along the route. Footwear: Sturdy walking shoes.
  • Moderate – Daily distance of 12-16 km (8-10 miles) with longer ascents & descents. May include cobblestone paths and steps, or narrow paths along terraced hillsides. Some van access or options for shorter walks. Footwear: Sturdy walking shoes or lightweight boots.
  • Fitness – Daily distance of 12-16 km (8-10 miles) with steep ascents & descents. Walks are at altitudes of 1200-2450 meters (3500-8000 feet) on trails and forest service roads, some rocky or exposed sections. Limited van access, options for shorter or longer routes. Footwear: Lightweight boots.
boat sailing on sea beside an active volcano

“I have nothing to say except that the Aeolian Islands walking tour in Sicily was truly magical.”
– P.E., U.S.A.

Meet at our hotel in Milazzo (direct connections from Catania airport in Sicily), ready to walk and explore the stunning and diverse Aeolian islands. The seven islands each have their own personality, from dark Vulcano, with its smoking volcanic gasses and sulfurous mud, to green lush Salina with sweet Malvasia grape vines thriving next to a tangle of capers and bougainvilla. Whitewashed houses gleam in the sunlight of cool Panarea, while pastel pink houses dot the bustling island of Lipari. In tiny Alicudi and Filicudi, you step away from today’s world into a place where time moves in a leisurely rhythm, like the colorful little boats that rock in the tiny port. Let’s not forget fiery volcanic Stròmboli, spewing its red fireworks into the night sky.

Our goals is to savor the essence of each island on foot, along with its cuisine and welcoming islanders, while never being far from the impossibly beautiful sea.

Trip Highlights

  • Swim and snorkel in the clear waters of a deserted cove, relax on board a private boat, and get away from the world
  • Taste the ambrosial Malvasia wine at a lush vineyard overlooking the sea, and witness the lava flow and natural fireworks on a sunset walk to the Stròmboli volcano
  • Walk past a cascade of caper plants and bougainvillea, then view the spectacular cliffs and beach at Pollara, where Il Postino was filmed
  • Enjoy a scenic walk to a prehistoric site or soak in the sulphur mud baths, then slurp a refreshing lemon granita made with tart fresh juice
  • Try to choose a favorite of the seven Aeolian islands, each with its own distinct and lovable personality

Trip Details

May 3-10, 2019

Hotel in Milazzo (Easy connection from Catania airport)

Catania airport

Best Time to Go
Spring & Fall

Single Supplement
$600 USD

Daily breakfast / 6 lunches / 7 dinners with wine

Maximum Participants


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Day-by-Day Itinerary

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Aeolian Islands

Day One

Meet at our hotel in Milazzo and walk to the port, where we ferry to the lush island of Salina, our base for 6 nights in a simple yet welcoming family-run inn. Built in the classic Eolian style with hand-painted tiles and covered terraces, our inn offers a small pool and an excellent restaurant. After a congenial lunch, we set off on 2-3 hr.walk above the sea, ending with a magnificent view over the cliffs made famous in the film “Il Postino.”

Day Two

Boat to the lovely island of Panarea, where whitewashed houses gleam with accents of bright blue. There are no cars here, just golf carts on the few roads, and a beautiful trail that overlooks the sea (3 hrs.) After a refreshing lemon granita, we return to Salina by boat. Dinner with fresh fish and a salad with cucunci, the locally preserved caper fruits.

Day Three

This morning we’ll take a break from the trail and visit one of Salina’s cantine, where the ambrosial dessert wine Malvasia is produced. Stop off at the Museum of Emigration, that details the history of the islanders and their lives abroad. After a typical lunch of pane cunzato, toasted bread topped with local tomatoes and capers, along with a sprinkle of salted ricotta and a drizzle of olive oil, we set off on our boat. Our destination is the island of Stromboli, a dramatically stark c volcano jutting up from the sea, where we walk (3-4 hrs) to the sciara del fuoco – the path of fire – to observe the current volcanic activity. Convivial return to town past whitewashed houses perched above the black lava beach, and back to our boat.

Day Four

After a leisurely breakfast, we set off for the smallest of the Aeolian islands, taking a 3 hr. walk on Filicudi, and enjoying a lunch on a hilltop perch with fabulous sea views. Drift past Alicudi, with possibly time to swim in a lovely cove with delightfully clear water. This evening you may choose pasta con le sarde, a pasta dish made with fresh sardines and wild fennel, or choose one of the specialties made with salted capers grown on the island.

Day Five

Today we focus on the lush mountain of Salina, an extinct volcano, where leafy ferns flourish on the hillside. Walk from a Baroque monastery up to the island’s high point at Fossa delle Felci, an invigorating 5 hr. roundtrip. The views are breathtaking (gasp) when we finally reach the top, and it is possible to view the rest of the Aeolian islands from our dazzling viewpoint.

Day Six

We boat to the mysterious island of Vulcano, and walk to the Aeolian Islands crater of the volcano in an eerie moon-like landscape. (2-3 hrs.) In the afternoon, option to take a dunk in the sulphur mud bath that is said to cure nearly all ailments, before sailing past the island of Lipari. This evening celebrate our time on these magical islands at a lovely restaurant overlooking the port of Salina.

Day Seven

Say goodbye to the Aeolian Islands as we ferry back to Milazzo, and begin our journey southwards through Sicily. Visit the town of Taormina with its spectacularly situated Greek theatre, where the smoking Mt. Etna volcano is the backdrop – a scene fit for the Greek gods. After free time to explore the town, we continue to Catania for 1 night in a 4-star hotel in the center of the city. Join the lively passeggiata to our final festive dinner.

Day Eight

Individual taxi transfers to Catania airport. Arrivederci!

Note: The Aeolian islands were named for Aeolus, the Greek god of wind, and sometimes wind can tamper with our planned walks, making for a flexible itinerary. We send our wishes off to Aeolus and hope he sends calm seas our way. Otherwise, the daily itinerary may be altered according to the tour leader’s judgement.

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