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9 days Aeolian Islands: Catania to Palermo

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Once the haunt of ancient deities, the beautiful Aeolian Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea are now worshipped for their raw natural beauty and glittering nightlife.

The Aeolians, seven volcanic islands adrift in the Tyrrhenian Sea, are a spectacle of nature's raw power and beauty. Named after Aeolus, the ancient Greek god of the winds, these islands are a mosaic of otherworldly landscapes. Smouldering volcanoes, therapeutic mud baths, and beaches where black sands meet turquoise waves.

Here, island hopping becomes an art form, every view is a masterpiece, every meal a feast of local tradition. This is Italy intensified, and a place where a luxury yacht charter truly comes into its own.

Between scaling live volcanoes, bathing in freshwater springs and visiting local vineyards to sample “the wine of the volcanoes”, you’ll cruise between these stunning islands, anchor in intimate bays, and enjoy your favourite cuisine under the stars, courtesy of your personal chef.


  • Beautiful beaches
  • History and culture
  • World class restaurants
  • Culinary delights
  • Stunning views
  • Chic boutiques
  • Vibrant nightlife


Day One catania

Catania cathedral

Your Aeolian Islands yacht charter begins in an ancient port city on Sicily’s east coast, Catania. A city whose fate and fortune has been sculpted by the infamous Mount Etna over centuries. Built upon the lava stone that once destroyed it. In Goethe’s words, "to have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all." And for us, to have seen Sicily without having seen Catania is not to have seen Sicily at all. So, we recommend exploring before you set sail. The ancient Roman theatre, impressive Baroque architecture at Piazza del Duomo, and the rowdy fish market. Unadulterated Siciliana is around every corner. Swapping the hustle and bustle of the Amalfi Coast’s famed port towns for intimate anchorages surrounded by sensational natural beauty and rich with authentic Italian charm, once aboard your private yacht and greeted by your crew, your Aeolian yacht charter begins and a short cruise to Taormina awaits.

Day Two taormina

On your approach to Taormina, you will navigate rocky coves, tiny islands like the famous Isola Bella, and a scattering of sea stacks, making this enchanting coastline a firm favourite with those arriving by yacht. Upon arrival visitors are greeted by a town that epitomises the magic of Sicilian culture. Situated high above the eastern coast, and served by its very own cable car to and from the seaside resorts below, it is easy to see why Taormina has been the most popular tourist destination in Sicily for over 200 years. Ancient terraces, adorned with elegant gardens and chic cafes offer views cascading gracefully down to the Ionian Sea, with Mount Etna (usually smoking) standing proudly in the distance. A vibrant array of shops, bars, and restaurants, set against the backdrop of winding streets, creates a lively yet intimate atmosphere with beautifully restored mediaeval buildings offering a vivid reminder of why this place became a pivotal stop on the Grand Tour. After a day exploring this little Italian gem, settle down for an overnight cruise to the Aeolian islands.

Day Three stromboli

Island out at sea

A yacht charter in the Aeolian Islands is not complete without visiting the magnificent Stromboli. The approach by yacht is spectacular with the sight of its active volcano, a vivid reminder of the island's raw, natural power. Once considered the home of the Greek God Aeolus, Stromboli has transformed into a secluded spot favoured by celebrities, including fashion icons like Dolce and Gabbana. Its appeal lies in its unspoiled beauty and dramatic volcanic displays, especially at night when eruptions light up the sky, best viewed from your yacht. The island's small towns, Ginostra and Scari, offer distinct experiences. Ginostra is the epitome of seclusion, a tiny village with less than 30 inhabitants, perfect for those seeking tranquillity. Scari, on the other hand, leads to San Vincenzo, a picturesque village with whitewashed houses and colourful bougainvillaea, embodying Mediterranean charm. For beach lovers, the northern coast's Ficogrande and Piscità are ideal, boasting beautiful beaches, fine dining, and boutique shopping. This blend of natural beauty and understated elegance makes exploring Stromboli a unique and memorable part of any Aeolian yacht charter.

Day Four panarea

White waterfront buildings

Known as ‘The VIP Island’, on Day 4 of your Aeolian Islands, immerse yourself in the exclusive allure of Panarea. The Aeolian Islands' smallest yet most fashionable destination was once a tranquil hideaway, but has transformed into a stylish haven following the arrival of Paolo Tilche and Myriam Beltrami in 1958, a change marked by the iconic Hotel Raya. The island's coastline, though lacking traditional sandy beaches, offers its own charm with rocky inlets and crystal-clear waters, the perfect playground for those on a luxury yacht charter. Anchor off Cala Junco beach and visit the peaceful cove at Le Guilie. Enjoy a serene swim or stroll along the coast to Punta Milazzese, where Bronze Age settlement foundations perch atop the headland. Take a walk through the whitewashed streets in San Pietro and soak up the laid back vibe before the sun sets and the island's decadent social scene comes alive. The evening’s passeggiata (evening walk) brings a buzz to the narrow lanes filled with chic boutiques, offering an array of stylish evening and beach wear. The real magic of Panarea's nightlife unfolds in its exclusive clubs and bars, where a bohemian Mediterranean vibe blends with modern luxury. The island's venues, known for their sophisticated ambiance and high-profile clientele, are sure to impress.

Day Five lipari

Old street

Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands, defies its reputation as just a transport hub, revealing a vibrant blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. The island's heart, Lipari Town, is a treasure trove of history, evident in its richly stocked Aeolian Museum, and a culinary hotspot, boasting renowned establishments like Ristorante da Filippino. Founded in 1910, this restaurant is famed for its exquisite local dishes, such as raviolini of grouper, offering a taste of authentic Aeolian cuisine. The island's natural allure is epitomised by Spiaggia Bianca di Pomici in the north. Here, the striking contrast of the white pumice beach against the clear, aquamarine waters creates a stunning visual spectacle. This beach is not just a feast for the eyes; it's a haven for relaxation and watersports, embodying the serene yet spirited essence of Lipari.

Day Six vulcano

In Volcano you will discover a heady mix of raw natural beauty and refined luxury, enjoyed best from the luxury and freedom of a private yacht. Hidden caves and tranquil spots away from the crowds offer an intimate interaction with Vulcano's coastline, adding an exclusive touch to the Italian yacht charter experience. Known for its therapeutic mud baths and hot springs at Faraglione della Fabbrica, step ashore for a unique wellness experience. These spas, long celebrated for their health benefits, tap into the geothermal activity that formed the entire Aeolian archipelago. For those seeking more vigorous pursuits, a two-hour hike from the port to the volcano's summit rewards with breathtaking views of Lipari and Filicudi, and a rare peek into the heart of the volcano. After working up an appetite, savour culinary delights such as spaghetti with nero di sepia (cuttlefish ink) at quaint eateries like Trattoria da Pina di Maniaci, capturing the essence of life on Vulcano.

Day Seven salina

Wooden boat on the shore

Salina, the second largest of the Aeolian Islands, offers a unique blend of dramatic volcanic landscapes and lush greenery. Dominated by six volcanoes, including the prominent Monte Fossa Delli Fecci and Monte dei Porri, the island invites visitors to explore its breathtaking terrain. The rugged cliffs and verdant hills, adorned with wild capers and grapevines, are a testament to Salina's volcanic heritage, enriching the land that produces the sweet Malvasia wine. The island's charm extends to its colourful fishing boats lining pebbly beaches and tranquil waters perfect for exploration on a luxury yacht charter. In the village of Pollara, famous from "Il Postino," time seems to stand still, offering a glimpse into a serene, rustic life. A day in Salina culminates with a spectacular sunset, best enjoyed with a glass of Malvasia at a spot like Il Cappero, an Azienda Agricola renowned for its fresh, home-grown ingredients.

Day Eight filicudi

Incredible blue ocean

Filicudi, a gem within the Aeolian archipelago, offers an exclusive retreat for those seeking solitude and unspoiled beauty. Its remoteness is its charm, providing a haven where the mesmerising waters invite you to indulge in an afternoon of private scuba diving directly from your yacht. Here, the likelihood of encountering another soul on the pristine beaches is remarkably slim, ensuring a serene and personal connection with nature. The island's allure extends beyond its tranquil waters. Wander along ancient pathways that weave through time-honoured vineyards and olive groves, leading to the remnants of prehistoric settlements at Capo. As your yacht glides past the impressive La Canna rock, the sight of the azure Grotta del Bue Marino, Filicudi's largest cave and a sanctuary for the elusive monk seal, adds a touch of natural wonder to this exclusive experience only a private yacht charter can deliver.

Day Nine palermo

Stunning architecture

End your Aeolian Islands yacht charter surrounded by quintessential Siciliana in Palermo. The Baroque splendour of the "Quattro Canti," or Four Corners, and the Piazza Pretoria, with its striking "Fountain of Shame," offers a glimpse into the city's artistic heritage. Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele is an epitome of cultural grandeur, only adding to the city's allure. Amidst these historical marvels, the city's vibrant nightlife and rich gastronomy reflect a seamless blend of tradition and modernity, ensuring a fitting end to your Aeolian yacht charter.

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