7 nights starting from
Atmospheric, family-run hotel with wonderful sea views
Lovely Mediterranean climate
The seven Aeolian islands off the north coast of Sicily comprise an area of 1,216km squared and make up one of the most traditional regions of Italy, with a pace and way of life little altered for centuries. Unsurprisingly it was chosen as the location of the charming film Il Postino. The Aeolian archipelago is of important volcanic origin having fascinated volcanologists and tourists alike for years. The island of Stromboli contains one of the most active volcanoes in the world and presents an almost-daily show of red hot rocks. The archipelago's importance is evident from the life that has existed on the island since the Neolithic age, while approximately 900 plant species have been recorded on the islands, including four endemic species.
The largest island of this UNESCO World Heritage Site is Lipari, and this is where you will be based. You will stay at the Rocce Azzurre Hotel, which commands a panoramic position and a sea-view terrace restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean, and is walking distance from the town centre and main harbour. The hotel boasts free Wi-Fi and a private sun deck that practically floats on the sea, plus there is also a public beach next to the hotel.
Your days are free to either explore independently or join one of the reasonably priced local tours, which our representative can arrange for you. This is a fasinating, unique region of Italy, just waiting to be discovered.
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Departing: 07th September 2020 at 11:45
Returning: 14th September 2020 at 16:30
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Departing: 05th September 2021 at 11:45
Returning: 12th September 2021 at 16:30
Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick to Catania.
On arrival, transfer by coach to Milazzo (approx. 2 hours) and onwards by ferry to Lipari (approx. 1 hour 30 mins) before a short steep walk to the Rocce Azzurre Hotel. This evening there will be a welcome drink at the hotel before dinner.
Days 2 – 7 These days are free for you to spend as you wish, whether it’s exploring the islands on local excursions (these are optional extras to add to your tour, payable locally) or relaxing at the hotel. The range of tours available throughout the week include:
Lipari. Despite being the largest of the Aeolian Islands, Lipari has a population of only 9,000 people. The town of Lipari has some notable buildings including the churches of Anime del Purgatorio, Saint Antonio, the Immaculate, Addolorata and 11th century Cathedral, impressive castle and city walls. Other sights include the Neolithic Village and Greek-Roman necropolis at Contrada Diana and the excellent Aeolian Archaeological Museum. The charming town also has a range of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars centred round the attractive port, about 10 -15 minutes’ walk from your hotel.
Vulcano. As its name suggests, the island has a volcanic history and an extraordinary landscape as a result. Centuries of volcanic activity is still evident with the boiling sea-water phenomenon caused by underwater jets of gas bubbling up through the sea, which is now considered to be therapeutic. The island is also characterised by caves, black beaches, an old lighthouse and dramatic mountain scenery.
Stromboli. Almost entirely mountainous and the most active volcanically of the islands, Stromboli is best observed at sunset from the safety of a boat. Almost daily, the volcano issues a spectacular light and fire display and lava flows down the Sciara del Fuoco into the sea, with stones and ashes thrown high into the sky. Evidence of ancient civilisations are to be found here, too, together with the charming villages of more recent times.
Salina. Salina is the most cultivated island has a landscape characterised by vineyards and olive groves - it boasts a unique wine, the aromatic malvasia. Evidence of ancient civilisations has been unearthed here as is the case elsewhere on the Aeolian Islands, offering a fascinating glimpse into the past, whilst the present settlements of Santa Marina, Rinella and Malfa have changed little over the past two or three hundred years.
Panarea. The tiny island of Panarea, at just 3.4 square kilometres, is the smallest Aeolian island, but attracts the Italian glitterati. Its attraction lies in its unspoilt natural beauty and picturesque whitewashed houses, whilst there is also fascinating evidence of past occupants dating back to the Neolithic Age. There is also evidence of Roman occupation at the islet of Basiluzzo where ruins of Roman houses have been discovered along with mosaics.
Filicudi. Consisting of three extinct volcanoes, Filicudi is famed for its stunning coastline of high, jagged cliffs and beautiful grottoes, including the Bue Marino (sea ox). It also boasts a picturesque harbour and delightful Capo Graxiano peninsula where a Bronze Age settlement has been unearthed.
Alicudi. The most westerly of the islands, Alicudi is the least-populated and has a total area of 5.2 square kilometres. Its ancient name was Ericusa, because of the abundance of wild heather that grows there and a settlement dating from the 16th century BC has been discovered near the port. The west of the island is totally uninhabited with a dramatic coastline of enormous sheer rocks rising to an extinct volcanic peak.
Day 8:Transfer by ferry back to Milazzo and onward to Catania airport by coach for your return flight to London Gatwick.
Tours will be scheduled by your tour manager according to boat timetables and weather forecast to help you make the most of your time visiting this wonderful group of islands.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 30 passengers.
The Rocce Azzurre Hotel
The friendly, family-run three-star Rocce Azzurre Hotel enjoys a wonderful location overlooking the sea yet only a few minutes pleasant walk from the charming old town of Lipari. The walk is about 400 metres up a slight hill and there is no other way to get from the port to the hotel (though baggage is taken in a minivan). This walk has to be undertaken to join all the excursions to other islands.
Facilities at this typically Sicilian hotel include terrace and restaurant with spectacular sea views, attractive and charming public areas including bar and indoor dining area and sunbathing/swimming platform and new since 2018, a spa. Rooms are comfortable and spotlessly maintained with private shower, TV and telephone. Many have sea-view and/or balcony, bookable at a reasonable supplement. The hotel is a pleasant 15 minute walk from the port - downhill one way and up the other and there is no other way to get from the port to the hotel as the lane is not suitable for traffic.
Rocce Azzurre Hotel Website
OUR VIEW ON THE HOTEL
We have been sending clients here for more than a decade and Adriano and his staff consistently offer a very warm, friendly welcome. The bar terrace and restaurant directly overlook the sea and offer a lovely Mediterranean atmosphere. Rooms are well maintained and comfortable and many offer a sea view and/or balcony which is worth the upgrade.
An excellent holiday - thank you! The location and hotel were exactly what we could have wished for and Tullio was a wonderful tour manager. What we particularly liked about this holiday is that one could choose on a day by day basis whether or not to do a particular excursion and one only had to pay for the chosen excursions (rather than having the cost of all excursions included in the holiday price). Please offer more holidays with this type of flexibility. I only have one criticism, relatively straightforward but potentially serious. I think the ladder from the hotel platform down to the sea is potentially dangerous. It had very narrow, slippery metal steps and was not firmly secured to the rocks. I dread to think what would have happened if an older person (like myself!) had slipped while entering the water and fallen between the ladder and the rocks. The ladder should surely be replaced.
Review by Loane who travelled 02-September-2018
Review by Goodfellow who travelled 02-September-2018
Tullich was a friendly helpful guide who could not do enough for us all. he has a great historical knowledge about all aspects of the Aeolian Islands. Dinner was simple but delicious. it would have been food to have received luggage labels but that is a minor point. lovely week.
Review by Wood who travelled 02-September-2018
What a brilliant holiday! The hotel was superb: fantastic location and food was delicious. Tullio was an excellent tour guide who was very knowledgable. All in all a most enjoyable and memorable trip.
Review by Blau who travelled 02-September-2018
Review by Giangrande who travelled 02-September-2018
Tour guide Tullio was great; hotel was fabulous - gorgeous room, delicious food, and attention to detail by all the staff
Review by Cooke who travelled 02-September-2018
Planes, coaches and ferries all worked and delivered us on time. Hotel comfortable, good food and excellent swimming deck. Staff could not have been more friendly and efficient. Trips excellent, Islands beautiful. Guide Tullio exemplary.
Review by who travelled 25-June-2018
Apologies for sending you this feedback so late. For some reason you sent the email to my husband instead of me. (I'd booked the holiday). Fortunately he forwarded it to me. We enjoyed the holiday very much. Tullio, our guide was very good, though he did overwhelm us with data! It was unfortunate thet Easy Jet changed the times of our flights and not helped by Jet Foil going on strike for the day of our return. We liked the small group. We all got on well together. Our only criticism was the poor food at the hotel, which wasn't helped by their failure to provide vegetarian main courses. As a result our meals were a bit odd. Fortunately Tullio took us to a number of good restaurants where we enjoyed excellent food. In all other ways the hotel was good. It was clean and comfortable and the staff attentive. I enjoyed practicing my embryonic Italian. We loved Lipari and the other Aeolian Islands. My email is email@example.com
Review by Sanders who travelled 30-August-2017
Review by Williams who travelled 30-August-2017
Tours were good but rather expensive. Tour manager was hard to understand at times, especially on th boat
Review by who travelled 30-August-2017
Tulip couldn't have done more for us. He was an excellent guide from beginning to end.
Review by Mrs Carol Carpenter who travelled 23-June-2017
Tullio was a star, something we have come to expect from you. (Angela in Sicily and John in Spain). His organisation and local knowledge, in particular of history, were business like and yet personal.
Review by Mr P Hilton who travelled 23-June-2017
We are agreed this was the best holiday we have every had. The sense of peace and calm engendered by the remoteness of the islands and the age old way of life of the islanders was pure Paradise. The hotel was excellent and the boat trip to Stromboli, unmissable. There were many trips available, but we were perfectly happy just experiencing the atmosphere and exploring Lipari. Thank you, it was a superb holiday
Review by Mrs Madeline Hazelden who travelled 23-June-2017
Hotel cuisine not great but setting magnificent with a sea view and staff were friendly. Tour manager efficient and friendly with good local contacts for knowing where to eat out and love of the fabulous islands. Usual problems with Easy jet departure from Catania taking ages to get from the gate to the plane .
Review by Mr Philip Jones who travelled 16-September-2016
Review by Mr I Farmer who travelled 16-September-2016
Admin was a bit erratic. We got two confirmations for the canceled trip and had to ask for confirmation of the rearranged trip so were unaware when the final payment was due. We did not get all the pre tour information that others got . We were unclear until it emerged after arrival what the full role was of the tour manager. We thought we would have to arrange all our own tours (albeit with the tour manager's advice and guidance. Tour manager was excellent and really knew the location. Angela looked after us very well without being a mother hen
Review by Mr J Robertson who travelled 16-September-2016
Review by Mr John Blakey who travelled 16-September-2016
Review by Mrs Kathryn Cockle who travelled 16-September-2016
Angela was an enthusiastic and knowledgable tour manager I would very much enjoy travelling with her again.
Review by Mrs Jennifer Bower who travelled 16-September-2016
Exemplary. Tiullio was magnificent
Review by Gillies who travelled 27-April-2016
Very enjoyable holiday, every thing was well organised and we did not feel pressured into going on every tour. Tollio the guide was very helpful and informative. He was an ideal character for the group. We would not hesitate to recommend this type of holiday.
Review by Mr R Garrett who travelled 27-April-2016
Very good holiday. Limited breakfast in hotel. Some hard-boiled eggs maybe in addition to just cheese and meats. Also it was not stated that the walk to and from the main post is nearly a mile up and down and there is NO transport on arrival and leaving.
Review by Mr Arthur Forman who travelled 27-April-2016
1) Due to a delay in the flight from Stansted of about 45 minutes there was an accumulated delay in arriving at the hotel on the first day of about 4 hours. It would be worth looking at the travel schedule to allow additional contingency for delays. 2) Felt the tour manager, Tullio, was very considerate in trying to deal the initial delays and in moving us back to Cantania a day early to avoid potential delays on the return journey due to anticipated bad weather. 3) Short breaks to cities in Sicily should be considered as potential additional offerings.
Review by Mr David Woolven who travelled 16-September-2015
Boat trips and swimming were excellent Tullio was lovely Unfortunately my husband got food poisoning - don't know how that happened Return journey was severely impacted by a storm
Review by Mrs Clare Oakley who travelled 02-September-2015
A great holiday; in turns, relaxing and exhilarating. Excellently located hotel and well run, just a bit of a long walk from the ferry after a long journey. Thank goodness the cases go on ahead! Full marks to Tullio for getting us on the homeward bound ferry when a storm was rising and sea travel could have been cancelled. As it was, the airport was shut down delaying our plane flight a couple of hours but we can't control the weather. The Aeolian Islands are varied, fascinating and beautiful, with a character all of their own. Well worth a visit.
Review by Mrs Susan Collins who travelled 02-September-2015
Review by Mr Chris Cussens who travelled 02-September-2015
I did this tour 7 years ago and it has improved tremendously thanks to the input of Tullio, the Tour guide who is very knowledgeable and helpful. I have recommended this tour to friends who have also enjoyed these little known islands. The spoiler was the very tight timing of the transfer to Catania airport, where we were all very worried that we would miss the flight. Air One staff favoured the Italian passengers, and didn't care that there was no food available even though we had had a very early start. I understand that you are changing to Easy Jet next year. We met a lovely group of people , and the hotel and staff were fabulous.
Review by Miss Julia Lawrence who travelled 18-September-2014
Review by who travelled 18-September-2014
Air One was dreadful. Chaos at Catania. Old aircraft, poor seat pitch, lack of food onboard. `Cabin crew said `we never have enough food when the aircraft is full !!`` No white wine by eigth row.Worst airline I have ever flown with. Air One - NEVER AGAIN !!. See Trip Advisor for comformation of my views.
Review by Mr Richard Lawrence who travelled 18-September-2014
Travel Editions feedback:
Thank you for your comments and although very please you enjoyed the tour we were very doisappointed by Air One. We will not be using this airline again for any of our tours.
Review by Ms Wendy Roberts who travelled 04-September-2014
This was a 'good' rather than 'excellent' holiday all-round for many reasons. There were pros and cons under all headings. Admin was good, but we didn't like late date change. Brochure/ literature informative, but downplayed the length of the hot, hilly walk from the Lipari quayside to the Rocce Azurre hotel. Flights & transfers etc all fine, but timings could have been better! We arrived at 11.00 pm on day 1 and left at 5.30 am on our last day. Accommodation was very good - we had a nice room, and the public spaces were attractive - but the hotel dinners were unexciting, un-Italian even, and rather monotonous. The comfortable hotel needs a new more innovative chef to lift the whole experience. Or maybe we were fed tourist-group fodder, and other guests fared better. A couple of excellent lunches and one dinner at local restaurants were in another league altogether, and memorable experiences. Tour group manager Tullio Scurria was excellent - informative, helpful, experienced and careful of our well-being. The only downside was .. too many dates in the history of volcanic activity! The tours we chose were enjoyable, especially the visit to Salina (including an excellent lunch). Stromboli was an experience to remember, but wasn't in top gear the night we sailed by! Another time, we would go at a cooler, quieter time of year - early spring would be best - and stay a little longer. Travel Editions is a good company to travel with and gives good value for money.
Review by Dr Brian Hoyle who travelled 04-September-2014
Thoroughly enjoyable holiday would recommend to friends. Would it not have been possible to fly into Palermo to shorten the travelling time?
Review by Mr Stephen Tansey who travelled 04-September-2014
hotel bathing terrace only one working parasol a great pity for a lovely location parasol bases need to be secured to poles. Some of the loungers broken, needs a good upgrade before next season. Not clear if the rooms had just extra ventilation or air conditioning needs to be clear in the hotel and brochure brochure. lovely holiday
Review by Mrs Ruth Skupski who travelled 04-September-2014
Review by Mrs Lilian Hunter who travelled 04-September-2014
Really enjoyable holiday. Charming hotel, staff very helpful and efficient. The only negative was the flight---I would never use them again! I now know what a sardine feels like!! Tours and tour guide were excellent. Please me a new brochure as I would book with you again. Thank you.
Review by Mrs A Gilmour who travelled 04-September-2014
Poor flight - tatty plane, poor service and no legroom. I was wedged into position with a bar from the seat in front pressing into my knees, despite splaying my legs. Nice atmosphere at hotel with friendly staff and enjoyable dinners; the breakfasts never changed, there was no fresh fruit and coffee was from a machine - ugh. Tullio is an excellent tour manager and the trips were good. The use of one boat is an excellent move. Everything went pretty slickly and Tullio always made sure that his clients had the best attention at restaurants etc. Bravo.
Review by Mr Ian Hunter who travelled 04-September-2014
The ferry was wonderful, but Air One a disaster. The seats are damaged and most people have their knees touching a metal bar on the seat in front, definitely not enough leg room. We flew with Easy Jet to Catania last year, a much better experience. Luckily only a 2.5 hour flight. Tullio Scurria was one of the best tour mangers we have ever had, always full of information, from history to science, and always there to help without being intrusive. We hope to return to Lipari next year if possible, there is so much more to see. A simply brilliant holiday apart from the flights!
Review by Mr Paul Foxcroft who travelled 04-September-2014
Travel Editions feedback:
We were so pleased to learn you enjoyed the tour overall but frustrated by Air one who seem to have tried to profit from squeezing too many people onto the flight. We will be reviwing our airline choice for 2015 but we are a little restricted by choice to Sicily.
The holiday exceeded my expectations. The unspoilt beauty of the islands was a constant delight.
Review by Mrs Jacqueline Stones who travelled 04-September-2014
Review by Ms Heather Florence who travelled 05-June-2014
Review by Mr J Hughes who travelled 05-June-2014
Review by Mr Philip Mason who travelled 05-June-2014
Outward flight delayed 1hr leading to arrival at Hotel at 11:45pm! However, hotel manager met us at quayside and full dinner awaited us at the hotel. Tour manager Tullio was excellent (again!) ( did this trip in 2009). A very happy holiday indeed!
Review by Mr Roy Waters who travelled 05-June-2014
Reasons why not excellent: Coffee at breakfast was poor. A Nescafe machine... and queuing while Brits filled up teapots with water added to the dismay. Sightseeing tours were good and sometimes excellent but a guided visit to the excellent museum in Lipari would have significantly enhanced the experience.
Review by Dr Richard Lewis who travelled 05-June-2014
Tour manager, Tullio, was always smiling and had a great sense of humour. He was full of facts and greatly enhanced the trip. The Rocce Azzure Hotel was right on the shore and a sea view room was well worth the extra. The food was fine but a little more imagination and effort with deserts would have been appreciated.
Review by Mrs M Jenkins who travelled 05-June-2014
Review by McDougall who travelled 19-September-2013
Review by Blatchford who travelled 19-September-2013
Review by Fletcher who travelled 19-September-2013
Evening meal menu could do with a lift - potential for main course pasta dishes not exploited - this is S.Italy after all. Otherwise, for a 3* star, the hotel was super. One of the best trips I've had in ages!
Review by Wragg who travelled 19-September-2013
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