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restaurants | eolian islands

Stomboli

Punta Lena ***
Via Marina, 8
090 986 204

Da Zurro **
Via Picone, 18
090 986 283

Il Canneto
Scari, above the port
090 986 014

Panarea

Da Pina ***
room & dining
San Pietro
090 983 032

Raya ***
San Pietro
090 983 013

Da Antonio
San Pietro
090 983033

Da Paolino
San Pietro
090 983 008

La Sirena
Drauto
rooms, bar & trattoria

Vulcano

Da Maurizio
Via Porto Levante
090 985 2426

Lanterna Blu
090 985 2287

Filicudi

La Canna
Via Rosa, 43
090 988 9956

Alicudi

Ericusa
Via Regina Elena
090 981 2370
transportation

Aliscafi.it
hydrofoil schedules

Ferrovia Dello Stato
Italian rail service

Grande Navi Veloci
ferry service

Navagazione Generale Italiana
ferry service

Siremar
ferry service

Snav
hydrofoil service

Tirrenia
ferry service to sicily

island links

portale delle eolie

isolelipari.it/

Ginostra

panarea.com
restaurants | sicily

Palermo

Primavera
Piazza Bologni, 4
091 329 408

La Scuderia
Viale del Fante
091 520 323

Siracusa

Archimide
Via Gemmellaro, 8
0931 69701

Porticciolo da Piero
Via Trento, 22
0931 61914

Porticello

Francu 'u Piscaturi
Largo Pescheria, 16
091 957758

San Vito lo Capo

Sapori di Sicilia
Via Savoia, 3
0923621090

Sicilia in Bocca
Via Savoia, 24
0923972622

Tha'am
Via Duca degli Abruzzi, 32
0923972836

Taormina

Il Borghetto
Salita Celestino Penna, 5
0942626062

Da Lorenzo
Via Roma, 12
094223480

Vecchia Taormina
Vico Ebrei, 3
0942625589

Il Delfino
Mazzaro Taormina
094223004

restaurants | Napoli

Antica Pizzeria da Michele
Via Cesare Sersale, 1/3
081.553.9204

Pizzeria Sorbillo
Via dei Tribunali , 32
081.455.262

Taverna dell'Arte ****
Rampa di S. Giovanni
Maggiore, 1/a
081 552 7558

Capri

La Campanina
Via Le Botteghe, 12bis/14
80073 Capri
Tel: 081.837.0732
restaurants | sicily

Agrigento

Leon d'Oro
Viale Emporium, 102
0922 414 400

Kalos
Salita Filino, 1
0922 26389

Catania

La Siciliana
Via M. Polo, 52/A
039 095 376400

Messina

Alberto
Via Ghibellina, 95
090 710711

Milazzo

Al Castello
Borgo Antico
090 9282175

La Vecchia Cucina ***
Via Nino Ryolo
090 9223070

Piccolo Casale
Via Riccardo D'Amico, 12
090 9224479

Salamone a Mare
Strada Panoramica, 36
090 9281233

Mondello

Charleston
Viale Regina Elena
091 321366

Palermo

Antica Focacceria San
Francisco
Via A. Paternostro, 58

Capricci di Sicilia
via instituto pignatelli, 6
091 327777

Casa del Brodo
Corso Vitt. Emanuele, 175
091 321655

I Grilli  Su (ristorante)
Largo Cavalieri di Malta, 2
091 334 130 ‎
I Grilli Giù  (bar)
Largo Cavalieri Di Malta, 11
091 334 130

Mi Manda Picone
via A. Paternostro, 59
091 6160660

Il Ristorantino
piazzale de gasperi 19
091 512 861

U'Strascinu
viale regione sicilia
091 401
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The Eolian archipelago is located off the northeast coast of
Sicily in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Also called the Aeolian or Lipari
Islands, they are comprised of Alicudi, Filicudi, Lipari,
Panarea, Salina, Stromboli and Vulcano. All the islands were
active volcanoes that resulted from intense volcanic activity
millions of years ago during the Pleistocene era. The only
active crater that remains is on Stromboli, and though
Vulcano has considerable volcanic life, its crater has not
erupted since 1890. All that is left of volcanic life on the other
islands are steaming fumaroles along the shores of Lipari and
Panarea.

Lipari, the bustling centerpiece of the archipelago, is the
largest, most populated of the islands, with an abundance of
good hotels, excellent restaurants and lively cafes and its own
regional museum. The museum, located above medieval
fortress walls, is on the site of an ancient acropolis, and just a
short distance away is a Greek theatre and necropolis filled
with Greek and Roman sarcophagi. Liparifs separate
hydrofoil and ferry ports are the main hubs for the entire
archipelago with ferry connections to the Sicilian ports of
Milazzo, Messina, Palermo, and to and from Naples on the
mainland of Italy.

Directly south of Lipari lies Vulcano, named for the Roman
god of fire. Vulcano is famous for its vast, sloping crater and
its sulfurous, colorfully hued and uncannily beautifully
landscape. It is also a popular destination for seekers of a
natural cure for the stresses of the modern world who come
to soak in the rejuvenating therapeutic thermal waters at
Acqua del Bagno and bubbling mud of Acqua Bollente.

To Lipari's northwest is Salina, named Didyme by the ancient
Greeks for its two extinct volcanic peaks. Its wild, verdantly
rambling landscape is dotted with vineyards and caper
bushes, yet the island has a sedate manner about it, almost
giving the impression of time standing still, that there is no
need for haste. Salina produces an exceptional malvasia wine,
and the excellent capers which seem to grow everywhere, are
available for sale from the islanders, who take special pride in
their crop.

Along with Mount Etna, Stromboli is one of the most
accessible active volcanoes in the Western Hemisphere.
Year-round streams of tourists come to hike to the rim of the
impressive crater, and its explosive eruptions have
occasionally disrupted the otherwise tranquil village life below
its steep slopes. Although sometimes the placidity of daily
existence on Stromboli is compromised by the dynamism of
the omnipresent volcano, one never feels threatened by it,
thanks to the gracious and friendly disposition of the natives.

Panarea, the smallest of the islands, is no less spectacular
with its intimate villages along its eastern shores. The Bronze
Age site along the beautiful cove of Calajunco near its
southern tip where the Milazzese Culture once thrived, is an
easy hike from the port. There are several islets surrounding
Panarea and the largest, Basiluzzo, was the site of a Roman
villa and small port. Panarea bursts with activity during peak
summer months as vacationers fill its small hotels or open
their summer homes, and dine in the small charming
restaurants and jam the very popular Caff? Porto.

To the west of Salina, and reachable by a couple of boat
connections a day, are the quietly remote, sparsely populated
islands of Alicudi and Filicudi. Except for the few scuba divers,
fishermen and visitors to the archeological site at Capo
Graziano on Filicudi, these two seemingly untamed islands
see only a fraction of tourism compared to their busier
neighbors to the east. They stand as a reminder of what life
was once like throughout the archipelago.

Archeological discoveries indicate that the history of the
islands began during the fourth and third millennia BC when
traders from the Near East may have inhabited the islands.
The communities on Filicudi, Lipari, Panarea and Salina
eventually developed into thriving trade markets within reach
of the entire Mediterranean, making the archipelago one of
the most distant points reached by Aegean merchants and
navigators during that period. An early commodity of trade
for the island communities, which enriched them for two
thousand years, was the exploiting and exporting the black
volcanic glass obsidian, used to manufacture cutting tools and
weaponry. With the advent of the Bronze Age and the
development of metallurgy, obsidian became outdated and
the prosperity of the islands went into decline. It was not until
the Late Bronze that the Eolian Islands thrived again,
becoming important ports along Mediterranean trade routes.
During this period they also produced and exported their own
ceramics. The Ancient Greeks founded their community on
Lipari around 570 BC.

Today the islands are a favorite destination for savvy travelers
and scuba divers who bustle from island to island during peak
summer months, especially in August, when all of Europe
takes a holiday and heads to the seaside.

To come upon the Eolian Islands as you sail across the
Tyrrhenian Sea, is to discover a piece of the earth much as
Odysseus may have done while on his mythic voyage. The
peaceful, yet enigmatically volcanic archipelago is an
extraordinary place to visit, and the combination of its
beautiful setting and slower, less harried way of life, makes
visiting them seem more than worthwhile.















The
Museo Archeologico Luigi Bernabo Brea: located within
Lipari's old fortress walls, contains an exceptional collection of
Mediterranean, Aegean and Eolian art from the earliest
periods through Greek, Christian and Byzantine eras.
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getting there

Year-round hydrofoil (aliscafo) or ferry (traghetto) connections
from
Milazzo and Messina run daily. Overnight ferries run
from Napoli to Sicily throughout the year, while connecting
hydrofoils make frequent runs during the high season,
schedules will vary depending on weather conditions.

The closest connection to the Eolian Islands is from Milazzo,  
just south of the archipelago. This lively harbor is busiest
during summer months as tourists flock back and forth from
the islands. All that many tourists experience of Milazzo while
waiting for a boat are the ticket office, a quick caffé, or a meal
at one of the trattorie along the marina. However, Milazzo is
an interesting town with a significant past and worth taking
the time to explore.

map (click to enlarge)
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restaurants | eolian islands

Lipari

Filippino ****
Piazza Municipio
090 9811002

'E Pulera ****
Via Diana
090 9811158

La Nassa
Via Franza, 36
090 9811319

Ritrovo Sottomonastero
Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 232
090 988 0720

Trattoria da Bartolo
via Garibaldi, 54
090 9811700

Trattoria d'oro
Via Umberto I, 28/32
090 9811304

Fico D'India
Via San Vincenzo, Canetto
090 988 0558

Le Macine
Strada Piano Conte
090 982 2387

A Menza Quartara
Via Area Morta, 50
Quattropani, Lipari
090 988 6236

Salina

Porto Bello
Via Bianca, 1
090 984 3125

Mamma Santina
Via Sanità , 40
Santa Marina Salina
090 984 3054

Punta Barone
Via Lungomare, 8
Sanat Marina
090 984 3172
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