The Aeolian Islands are a volcanic archipelago off the north-east coast of Sicily. Each of these seven islands have a character of their own.
Lipari, the relaxed capital of the Aeolians, comes with a lovely tight-knit old town. Salina is a treat for food and wine lovers, thanks to the seafood restaurants and Malvasia vineyards. Whitewashed churches perch on the cliffs on pocket-sized Panarea. And Stromboli is carved from a single smoking volcano.
Boats shuttle foodies, hikers and scuba divers between these stunning islands – and Sicily is less than an hour away by ferry.