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Aeolian Islands

Sicily, the island in the sun, is home to heavenly beaches, majestic mountains and Europe's greatest natural wonder, Mount Etna. Located in the very centre of the Mediterranean, this destination has been marked by the passage of many conquerors, each of which left their indelible mark on the island. It is surrounded by three archipelagos: the Aeolian, the Aegadian and the Pelagie Islands, which seem tailor made for yacht charter holidays. One of the most agreeable climates in Europe means that every season holds its own particular attractions for charter, not to mention the stunning natural beauty all year around.

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Suggested Itinerary

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WHEN TO GO: MAY-OCTOBER
Day 1: Catania – Milazzo

After arrival at Catania airport, you can be picked up and brought to your yacht in Milazzo, or you can take a fast ferry to get there. Milazzo is a beautiful, ancient town with many attractions, including a splendid Norman castle.
Day 2: Vulcano
A short trip will take you to the island of Vulcano, the mythological workshop of the god of fire and craftsmen. Volcanic activity on the island is responsible for numerous mud baths and hot springs, as well as fantastic rock formations above and below the water. Great snorkeling is guaranteed in the rich coastal nooks and crannies.
Day 3: Filicudi
Filicudi's main attraction is its pure unspoilt nature. Explore the prehistoric village ruins on the Capo Graziano promontory or the basalt caves on the west coast in the shadow of the island's conical volcanic peak. Sail over to Lipari in the evening.
Day 4: Lipari
As the largest island of the Aeolian group, Lipari offers the widest selection of restaurants, shops, and activities. The charming main town - also named Lipari - boasts a largely reconstructed Norman-era church and fascinating archaeological remains. Hike to the top of Mount Sant'Angelo for spectacular views.
Day 5: Stromboli
The northernmost island, Stromboli, has amazingly retained a continuously active volcano. The eruptions are best seen at night and from a distance, your yacht will anchor out situated so that you can enjoy dinner on the aft deck whilst enjoying the views of the vulcano. Stromboli is also famous for its deep waters, which are a favourite of experienced divers. Head over to Salina in the evening.
Day 6: Salina/Panerea
Also known as the garden island, Salina features numerous walking trails as well as extensive viticulture. One of the twin extinguished volcanoes responsible for its distinctive appearance is the highest point in the islands. Nearby Panerea, the smallest of the Aeolian islands, makes up in charm what it lacks in size with its total absence of cars, delightful jet-setting beach and Bronze Age village.
Day 7: Milazzo
Take the time for one last dive off the coast of Salina, Lipari or Vulcano as you cruise back to Milazzo at a leisurely pace.

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