AE­O­LIAN IS­LANDS

Lonely Planet Magazine (US) - - Easy Trips -

Po­si­tioned pho­to­geni­cally in the Tyrrhe­nian Sea, a stone’s throw off the tip of Italy’s boot, the Ae­o­lian Is­lands are a slow-travel par­adise. Shaped by their ex­plo­sive ge­ol­ogy, these seven al­lur­ing sis­ters woo vis­i­tors with sub­lime seascapes, vol­canic slopes, black-sand beaches and some of Europe’s best coastal walks and dives. Neigh­bor­ing Salina and Panarea court a re­fined crowd with their winer­ies and fam­ily-run bou­tique ho­tels, while rus­tic Alicudi is a her­mit’s fan­tasy at the end of the ferry line, where steep mule paths climb from a fish­ing port past vine-draped adobe houses to the is­land’s lonely, dor­mant crater. The Ae­o­lians have been largely off the beaten track but have be­gun lur­ing wise trav­el­ers seek­ing a good-value Mediter­ranean break. It’s pos­si­ble that 2018 could be your last chance to out­pace the crowds.

» Don’t Miss Noth­ing com­pares to a sun­set climb up Strom­boli, the Ae­o­lians’ most charis­matic vol­cano. A two-hour as­cent brings you face-to-face with the fire-spew­ing crater.

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