There are still exotic corners in the Mediterranean. The spectacular archipelago, the Aeolian Islands, are only an hour north of Sicily. The seven 'sisters' of the Aeolian archipelago, declared a world heritage site by UNESCO, are a mixture of history, nature, culture and gastronomy. From the lively Lípari to the explosive Stromboli, passing through Vulcano, Salina, Panarea, Filicudi and Alicudi, these islands of volcanic origin gather surprises both along their coast bathed in a turquoise sea and in the interior, dominated by the colors and the perfumes of the Mediterranean vegetation.
The Aeolians are an exotic destination both for those seeking quiet beaches and for hikers, who find here a network of relatively easy footpaths. But perhaps the best is the panoramic views. On all the islands there are dozens of truly spectacular panoramic terraces and viewpoints, especially at sunset, when the sun's rays turn the sea red. The Aeolias are easily reached from Sicily and from Naples and Calabria, by ferries or hydrofoils that also provide inter-island services.