Aeolian Islands, Italy
See our separate guide to mainland Sicily.
Areas in Aeolian Islands
When to go
Spring and autumn are warm and tranquil. July and August can be very busy and prices soar. Ferry and hydrofoil services are sometime cancelled, particularly in winter, due to heavy seas.
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PlanesThe nearest airport is Palermo. You can reach the islands by five-seater helicopter with Air Panarea (www.airpanarea.com).
BoatsHydrofoils connect the islands with Milazzo and Reggio di Calabria, as well as Messina, Palermo and Naples (summer only).
AutomobilesA car is unnecessary. If you want your own wheels then scooters can be hired on the larger islands. Panarea is car-free.
TaxisGolf buggies on Panarea (hold on tight!); three-wheeled Vespa pickups on Vulcano. Taxis can be scarce and somewhat undependable. Get your hotel to order one for you.