Things to do in Aeolian Islands

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  • rofly
    Durham, NC29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was my first active volcano experience (besides Hawaii from afar), and it blew me away! I definitely plan to return, and to seek out other volcanoes as well. One of the most amazing things I have ever seen, and I've seen A LOT!

    Ideally, you should spend at least 2 nights on the island to maximize the chances of seeing the eruption in case the craters are obscured by clouds one night. I inquired with Magmatrek when I arrived at the end of October, and they were sold out that night, and only had 1 spot available for the next night (which I took). So, plan ahead.

    I think most reviews don't emphasize how amazing the volcano is even during the day! Seeing the rocks tumble down into the sea is mesmerizing. I wish I had arrived to the 290m viewpoint earlier, at least 1 hour before sunset!

    I would recommend doing both the hiking group tour to 400m *and* going up by yourself to 290m (or wherever you feel like stopping - there are other places you can stop at, like the Observatory, but the higher you go the better the views will be, although even the "worst" are unbelievable). This way, you can get the pros of both the group and independent experience.

    Pros of a tour: you get as close as possible (400m altitude), and you get some cool information along the way. Cons: you can't customize the experience; for example if you're seeking a quiet, contemplative experience like I was, that's not possible in a group of 20 people. If you want to arrive earlier or stay for longer, or hike faster/slower, you cannot do that, and for many this is a once in a lifetime experience that I would not recommend short-changing.

    Pros of going alone: the main advantage for me is that you can spend more time at the top (arrive earlier, and can stay as long as you want, provided you have snacks, drinks, and WARM windproof CLOTHES). But you can only get to 290m, which is still very impressive but measurably less so than the 400m. The 290m viewpoint is still not completely serene, but you have more freedom to move around, go higher or lower, stay longer, etc. If you value solitude, this is an unforgettable experience, especially since during a full moon you can walk down the volcano without a light for the most part.

    If I were to pick one experience vs. the other, I'm not sure which I would pick! They're both awesome in their own unique way. To get the advantages of both in one epic trip, I would definitely hire a private guide in order to arrive to 400m earlier in the day, and hopefully have the freedom to stay a bit longer than the other tour groups. That would give you the best experience possible, especially if enjoying this majestic natural experience in (relative) tranquility is important to you.
    Written 24 January 2024
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  • Jacqui37
    Hampshire, UK75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We managed to go up on a green light, which was red when we returned - so there are opportunities to climb. Would recommend going early in the day - earlier the better (before 10am) to miss the heat of the day.
    Written 22 September 2023
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  • Britt B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular! What a surprise. I expected to kill an hour but this is a world class museum here in this tiny corner of the world… albeit one where the Greeks Normans Berbers Turks Romans all reined supreme at one time or another. Truly one of the great archaeological museums of the world. I even met the Director who was very informative and even gave me a coin so that I could get inside the Norman cloisters.
    Written 31 October 2023
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  • Deborah B
    Marietta, GA500 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a sweet little church (not open) with STUNNING gardens and paths all around the outside area - it has simply gorgeous lookout points and places to take amazing photos. It’s a bit of an interesting drive to get there - make sure you have a small car and are skilled with driving in Italy! But the views are so great, and it’s very quiet and serene. Just go to look around and see some beautiful vistas.
    Written 10 June 2023
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  • Peter H
    Ireland62 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    They picked us up from the hotel and we had a great afternoon
    Only 1 of 4 couples at the beach. Great lunches and makes a good mojito.
    Written 18 May 2019
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  • Pernilla1970
    124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice place, with umbrellas, chairs, a bar and a good restaurant.
    The beach is accessible either from the street (but if you have a car parking is very limited) or by sea from Gelso: you call them and they pick you up with a tender.
    Given all these services 30€ for an umbrella and two sunbeds is not too expensive.
    The only problem (but is not their fault) is that the bus service to Gelso is very limited (16 people three times a day) so definitely not enough during peak season. We had to cancel the booking for our second day at the beach as we were unable to get on the bus (already full when it arrived to our stop).
    Written 19 August 2023
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  • Luca M
    New York City, NY537 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely spectacular view. I recommend both sunrise and sunset. The path from the town" center is 30-40 mins, depending on how fast you can go. it is not hard, everyone can do it. Best moment to enjoy the water and the quietness is early in the morning (before 10).
    Written 16 October 2022
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  • Luca M
    New York City, NY537 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very good for relaxing. Get the big mattress for rent and enjoy the sun and the sea breeze for as long as you want.
    The bar on the beach offers local treats (recommended the granitas, salads made with local capers and malvasia to drink - absolutely remarkable)
    Written 16 October 2022
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  • on_the_go_98765
    Tucson20,631 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The cathedral sits atop the (nearly) highest point on Lipari and was the first thing we saw as Seaborn Quest made its approach by way of the sea. The bell tower is the most prominent structure in this old walled citadel.

    When visiting with our guide, we came to learn that this is a circa 1600's structure and, although temples or buildings would have stood here since the ancient Greek ages, the Arabs (first) and then the Ottomans destroyed them completely. This present iteration was safely erected when the threat of invasion was minimal.

    The interior is quite beautiful: pure white columns reach up to a vaulted (barrel) ceiling painted with biblical scenes (the one with the golden calf was very interesting). Elegant crystal chandeliers line the aisles and the pulpit ceiling is a pattern of blue and pale gold/yellow which is accented by the color added at the top of the columns.

    Stained glass windows would also look to be originals, given their subject matter and execution. This is truly a beauty but, for us, the story on the doors was most interesting as it reflects what happened in the 1590's and also shows the citadel as it would have looked then.

    The story is, Lipari was hit very hard by famine after severe weather conditions in the 1590's devastated their crops. The excessive rain and extreme cold was unrelenting and their very poor crop yield suffered wheat rust. But, a miracle (attributed to their patron saint, Bartholomew) arrived at their shore. A ship loaded with grain delivered them from starvation.

    Saint Bartholomew and angels, with sacks of grain aboard, are depicted in the doors. The inscription in Latin loosely translated reads: God and S. Bartholomew relieved the famine of the city with a miraculous miracle and another inscription reads (more or less): What gift is that which thou hast applied, oh glorious apostle.

    There is a huge flight of stairs leading from in front of the church going down to the lower city. This is an imposing and important structure with a story 600 years old to be told.
    Written 18 November 2022
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  • Mackenziedeb
    London, UK20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful spot to see the sun go down
    Crystal clear waters for a swim, lots of steps down but so worthwhile
    Written 22 June 2022
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  • Manjari
    22 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Capo grillo provides beautiful panoramic views of the archipelago. It’s preferable to hire a taxi. I did a quick tour of the vulcano Island with a taxi. It was € 60 USD but worth it. You could get the taxi now. From the souvenirs shop near the port.
    Written 11 August 2019
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  • on_the_go_98765
    Tucson20,631 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    On our bus trip, we did pass these white pumice mine locations and were told they are no longer functioning as mining enterprises. But they are quite an eye-opener, being so bright and at-odds with the general landscape of the area. So, what is pumice?

    More so, it should be asked, what is it used for? Pumice is a volcanic product and historical eruptions have covered the area. Thus, were created the pumice deposits! Pumice is used for tanning hides, in building, as a coating, and as an abrasive. And then there are the health issues.

    A nasty condition called "liparitiosis" describes the disease caused by inhaling pumice powder on Lipari. And the winds do blow.

    Just as well there are no excursions to the pumice fields and mines. Our lives are short enough as it is.
    Written 17 November 2022
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