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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Natural Feature
“Rising out of the cobalt-blue seas off Sicily's northeastern coast, the Unesco-protected Aeolian Islands (Vulcano, Lipari, Salina, Panarea, Stromboli, Filicudi and Alicudi) are a little piece of paradise, a seven-island archipelago offering a wealth of opportunities for relaxation and outdoor fun. Stunning waters provide sport for swimmers, sailors, kayakers and divers, while trekkers can climb hissing volcanoes and gourmets can sip honey-sweet Malvasia wine.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Museum
“Contiene tutti i reperti archeologici della zona, in particolare la sezione di archeologia sottomarina con la "piramide di anfore", i vasi dipinti dal "pittore di Lipari" e le maschere del teatro greco.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Colloquial Area
“Sette meravigliose isole di origine vulcanica, dal 2000 Patrimonio dell'Umanità UNESCO. Seven wonderful islands of volcanic origin, since 2000 UNESCO World Heritage sites.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Vulcano is a dormant volcano which last erupted in 1888. Volcanic activity is still present and testified by the sulfuric, rotten egg smell which greets you upon arrival to the island. The summit of the island is 500m above sea level, and can be hiked in between one and two hours. At the summit, you will have before you the huge dormant crater of the volcano with sulfuric gas emissions at different points. Around the emission points are multicolored sulfur crystal deposits. BE CAREFUL not to touch the emissions points, which are extremely hot, are walk through the gas vapors which are toxic. For a spectacular view of Lipari and Salina, hike to the high point of crater, where a white cement pole rises from a pile of stones. Due to the heat from the sun, its advised to hike the crater in the early morning and with closed shoes. At midday, the black volcanic sand, becomes very hot and can burn feet if hiking in sandals or open shoes. Make sure you bring an old bathing suit, in order to enjoy the volcanic mud pools, located next to the arrival point of the aliscafo. BE CAREFUL not to put the mud on your face because it can irritate and burn your eyes. Alternatively, you can swim in the sea next to the mud pool, and enjoy the gas emissions coming out from the underwater. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Stromboli is the most active volcano in Europe, erupting every 10-20 minutes. Literary fans will know that Stromboli was the exit point from which emerged the adventurers of Jules Vernes classic 'Journey to the Center of the Earth'. Visiting the summit is a must when in the Eolian Islands, health and fitness permitting. The volcano has become increasingly active over the years, which requires visits to the summit to be ONLY undertaken with professional guides. If you are interested in visiting the summit of Stromboli, please let me know, as I have a guide on Salina who organizes frequent evening trips from Santa Marina (leaving around 3pm and returning around midnight). Hikes up to the summit, depart from the town of Stromboli in the late afternoon, in order for the eruptions to be enjoyed in the evening, after sunset. The climb takes around hours and is strenuous. It is advised to bring hiking boots, good headlight or flashlight, hiking pants (jeans are not advised), long hiking socks (not short, in order to prevent volcanic sand getting into the shoe and scratching the skin), windbreaker jacket and an extra shirt, to change into when up on the summit in the evening. Hiking boots and flashlight can be rented at the excursion departure point in Stromboli. It is also advised to bring sandwiches and plenty of water. You can have sandwiches prepared at one of the delicatessens in Santa Marina, before departing for Stromboli. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Establishment
“Parce que c'est ici que vous retrouverez toute l'histoire de Lipari, au coeur de la veille ville... Perche e li che ritrovarete tutta la storia di Lipari, nel centro stesso del centro storico Because there, you'll find all the story of Lipari, in the very center of the old town...”
  • 6 locals recommend
Night Club
“la vue sur mer est splendide et laisse un souvenir impérissable de cette boîte de nuit! La vista sul mare e proprio eccezionale per una discoteca e vi lasciara per sembre un ricordo speciale! Fantastic sea view witch will let your forever the nicer remember of a night club you would never have! ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“A highly recommended day trip is to visit by private boat, the island of Basiluzzo and the Le Formiche, located off of Panarea, and the town of Panarea. My recommended itinerary is to take an early morning aliscafo from Santa Marina Salina to Panarea. At the port of Panarea, you can ask the local fisherman to hire one of their wooden fishing boats. Depending on how good your negotiating skills are, this should be between 80-120 Euros for the day with gasoline included. You can then take the boat to visit the island of Basiluzzo just in front of Panarea and Le Formiche, which are volcanic rocks protruding from the sea. The marine life around these rocks is amazing, as is the beauty of ancient volcanic activity such as the amazing layered sculptures of Basiluzzo and the underwater volcanic bubbles, which in some points feels like being in a jacuzzi. Basiluzzo provides also secluded beaches and coves where, if not too crowded, you can escape from the sun and have lunch. It is recommended that you take this trip, armed with good sunscreen, sunglasses, cap, food and plenty of water. After this maritime excursion, one can return the boat in Panarea and, before taking the afternoon aliscafo back to Salina,one can stroll through the streets of the town. The town of Panarea was developed in the 1960s and 1970s as a VIP destination. The town's architecture is reminiscent of the white houses of Ibiza, and is not typically Eolian. However, it has a laid back feel and is an interesting contrast to what you may find on Salina. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Night Club
“Il Giardino di Lipari è una vera e propria oasi nascosta tra i vicoli del centro storico dell'isola, dove l'alta qualità del vino, dei cocktail e dei prodotti gastronomici siciliani, incontra la buona musica, l'arte e la cultura.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“posizione super centrale, è un punto di riferimento per gli aperitivi. da non perdere”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Expensive, but worth the price! Get the Zuppa di Cozze as your first dish and the Fileto (medium rare) as your second.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Mountain
“One of Salina's six ancient volcanoes and the island's highest point (962 meters), Fossa delle Felci provides stunning views of the Aeolian Islands, Sicily and the Italian mainland. There are several paths which lead to the Fossa, but the suggested one starts at the 'Santuario della Madonna del Terzito', in Valdichiesa, which is located between Malfa and Leni. A guide is not required for the Valdichiesa path. It is recommended to begin the hike in the early morning, in order to avoid ascending the Fossa in the midday sun. Depending on your speed, the ascent can take between two to three hours. The lower portion of the hike is through Mediterranean vegetation, with a variety of scents and flora. The upper portion, is through the pine and chestnut forest which crowns the Fossa delle Felci and provides cool shade from the hot sun. Bring hiking shoes, plenty of water, energy snacks and a panino and fruit, to be enjoyed at the top while enjoying the spectacular view. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Storico locale eoliano vicino alla cattedrale di Lipari, con cucina e servizio al top”
  • 4 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Salina is the second largest and is the most fertile island of the Aeolian and full of water; are grown quality grapes from which we get the "Malvasia delle Lipari," a sweet wine, and capers.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Sublocality
“faccio la spesa a canneto perché c'è meno gente, ma ci sono 3 supermercati almeno 5 panetterie e il fruttivendolo migliore dell'isola e quando ho finito passo a fare colazione sole in faccia e vista mare. Da casa mia ci vado a piedi in 20 minuti per una scorciatoia ripida e molto Eoliana”
  • 4 locals recommend
Establishment
  • 5 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Night Club
“Il Giardino di Lipari è una vera e propria oasi nascosta tra i vicoli del centro storico dell'isola, dove l'alta qualità del vino, dei cocktail e dei prodotti gastronomici siciliani, incontra la buona musica, l'arte e la cultura.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Expensive, but worth the price! Get the Zuppa di Cozze as your first dish and the Fileto (medium rare) as your second.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Storico locale eoliano vicino alla cattedrale di Lipari, con cucina e servizio al top”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Conosco Zurro sin da bambino, grande cuoco per una cucina strombolana di alto livello”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“Ottimo posto per un aperitivo. La cucina è quella della Sirenetta, ottimo ristorante”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend

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