The islands are served by and hydrofoils from Sicily and Italy’s ports. There is no airport, but if you are wealthy you can arrive by helicopter .

The main port of departure for the Aeolian Islands is Milazzo, located at the base of a peninsula that juts into the Tyrrhenian Sea with a small promontory, distant 43 km (26.72 mile), from Messina City, on the northern shore of Sicily.

However, there are also services (more frequent in Summer) from Palermo and Messina in Sicily and from Reggio Calabria, Naples  in mainland Italy.

During the summer tourist season, there are also occasional ferries and private boats  from other local ports – these are often designed as day trips to the islands.

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The nearest airport is  Catania International Airport

Sicily By Boat: How to arrive by boat to Sicily 

By Hydrofoils for Time Schedule and more info visit:

By ferries for Time Schedule and more info visit: Siremar

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Sicily and Aeolian Island as a perfect setting for Love and Passion movies

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Il Postino, The Postman 1994, directed by Michael Radford
Pablo Neruda (Philippe Noiret) the famous Chilean poet and communist, is exiled to a small island in Sicily for political reasons. His wife accompanies him. On the island, local Mario Ruoppolo  (Massimo Troisi) is dissatisfied with being a fisherman like his father. Mario looks for other work and is hired as a temporary postman with Neruda as his only customer. To get the job, he must declare himself a communist to keep the postmaster happy. He uses his bicycle to hand deliver Neruda’s mail. Though poorly educated, the postman eventually befriends Neruda and becomes further influenced by Neruda’s political views and poetry.
Meanwhile, Mario falls in love with a beautiful young lady, Beatrice Russo (Maria Grazia Cucinotta) , who works in her aunt’s village cafe. He is shy with her, but he enlists Neruda’s help.
Il postino, trailer
La poesia conquista Beatrice
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Sicily and Aeolian Island as a perfect setting for Love and Passion movies

Edda Ciano and the Communist
Lipari, as well as the entire island of Sicily, has always been a perfect setting for novels and motion pictures. Now we’d like to present the most recent movies filmed and set in the Aeolian Islands.
“Edda Ciano and the Communist”, based on the book, written by the Italian journalist Marcello Sorgi:  “Mr. Leonida Bongiorno”, published by Rizzoli Editore in 2009.
Sorgi tells the story of the secret passion of the duce’s daughter, broadcast on TV in March 2011 creating interest and curiosity surrounding the love story between Edda Mussolini, Benito’s rebel daughter, and Leonida Buongiorno, who was already a communist militant and a partisan of the Corps of the Alps.
When Fascism ended, her father and wife, Clara Petacci  were both executed in Milan (28 April 1945) so Edda was exiled to Lipari for two years. The passion between the two lovers grew here. Sorgi, the author, wrote another book that is a love story born out of his love of the Aeolian Islands. In “Volcano Lovers”, Sorgi highlights the love triangle among the director Roberto Rossellini, with the fabulous actor Anna Magnani , the main character and his girlfriend at that time, and the young and beautiful Ingrid Bergman, whom the director fell in love with while filming the movie “Stromboli.”  When Magnani and Rossellini broke up, Roberto, soon after
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The Aeolian Islands -The seven wonders islands embedded in an enchanting sea

According to ancient mythology, “Seven are the Wonders of the World” as well as the seven Aeolian Islands:

Lipari, Salina, Vulcano, Stromboli, Alicudi, Filicudi and Panarea.

Lipari is the largest of the group. It is the ideal base for your daily trips to the volcanic Aeolian archipelago. Catamarans and ferry boats make frequent daily connections allowing easy travel to this island of charming Mediterranean style.
Lipari was recently the set for a movie based on the book, written by the Italian journalist Marcello Sorgi: “Mr. Leonida Bongiorno”, published by Rizzoli Editore in 2009, “Edda Ciano and the Communist”. The secret passion of the duce’s daughter, was screened on TV in March 2011. Interest and curiosity grew about the love story between Edda, Mussolini, Benito’s rebel daughter, and Leonida Buongiorno, who was already a communist militant and a partisan of the Corps of the Alps.
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The Aeolian Islands, with their fires of passion have alot to offer to a very demanding tourist. With its very welcoming places to stay, like its luxurious hotels and its cozy family owned Bed and Breakfasts. You will find all kinds of charming little shops and grocery stores, especially in Lipari. And last but not least, let’s not forget to mention the fine Mediterranean cuisine, with fresh fish and seafood, coming right from the fishermen boats, and cozy wine bars to experience!
Nature and Excursions
Immerse yourself in the luxurious and vibrant nature of these 7 Wonders Islands by the many excursions offered to its guest. Marine excursions accompanied by real fishermen guiding you throughout the seven island rocks and beaches. Trekking tours and archeological tours are available through the millenary historical sites. The best time of year for visiting the Islands is between March and September.
Typical production on the Islands includes the cappers, and the delicious sweet tasting “Malvasia” one of the D.O.C. of  SicilyWine. 

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Pollara Beach and “The Postman” – A tender love story in poetry

Unique for its beauty and its popularity, Pollara Beach is located along the lovely coastline on the island of Salina.

With her breathtaking scenery, Salina is the greenest of the Aeolian Islands. There you can enjoy long walks through the Mediterranean vegetation. One can marvel at the many large vineyards, which produce Malvasia wine. You will certainly be enticed by the wonderfully fruity aromas while enjoying a wine and food tasting. When you’re ready to go, be sure to take a bottle home with you to enjoy later on!

Its natural amphitheatre has been the wonderful backdrop for the internationally award-winning movie Il Postino (1994), (The Postman) masterfully directed by Michael Radford starring Massimo Troisi.. The great Troisi is a legendary Neapolitan actor who died after finishing the filming of this movie with Philippe Noiret and Maria Grazia Cucinotta. The actor’s legacy has been immortalized by his unforgettable performances of an impressive career.

The actor’s legacy has been immortalized by his unforgettable performances of an impressive career. Massimo sei grande!!

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The War of the Islands

The summer of 1949 was steaming hot because of the so called “war of the islands” which took place on the Aeolian Islands. In Stromboli, Rossellini and Bergman stayed on with the crew of their movie. While on Volcano, Anna Magnani kept on with her film as well. There was a competition as to which group would complete their film first. The German director of Magnani’s film won, wrapping things up after seven weeks. On the other hand, despite the eight weeks that was initially estimated, it took Rosellini and his staff fifteen weeks to finish. This delay in production was thought by some to be the result of the passionate love affair between the distracted Rosellini and Ingrid Bergman.

“L’Avventura” – The Adventure

The great master Michelangelo Antonioni filmed part of his fantastic masterpiece, “L’avventura” in Sicily and off the coast of Panarea on the nearby island of Lisca Bianca. L’Avventura – meaning the adventure – is a 1960 Italian film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni and starring Gabriele Ferzetti, Monica Vitti, and Lea Massari. Developed from a story written by Antonioni, the film is about a woman who disappears during a Mediterranean boating trip, and during the subsequent search, her lover and her best friend become attracted to each other. The movie is noted for its careful pacing, which puts a focus on visual composition and character development, as well as for its unusual narrative structure. According to an Antonioni obituary, the film “systematically subverted the filmic codes, practices and structures in currency at its time.” Filmed on location in Rome, the Aeolian Islands, and Sicily in 1959 under difficult financial and physical conditions, L’Avventura made Monica Vitti an international star. The film was nominated for numerous awards and was awarded the Jury Prize at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival. L’Avventura is the first film of a trilogy by Antonioni, followed by La Notte (1961) and Eclipse (1962).

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