Set sail with us onboard a 22-meter
yacht with our friend Captain Mario La Torre and his wife Valentina for a
fabulous 8-day cruise to the beautiful Aeolian Islands. Enjoy
Valentina's delicious Sicilian cuisine as we sail through the crystal
waters of the Mediterranean.
Captain Mario is an experienced sailor and
adventurer, who single-handedly crossed the equator in the Indian Ocean twice
in 1993. He and his wife Valentina run our cruise with extreme enthusiasm and
will make sure you enjoy the trip of a lifetime. Valentina's love for cooking
is evident in her candlelit dinners on board. All meals are prepared by her and
offer the freshness of seasonal organic ingredients.
On our journey, we'll visit 6 islands
- Stromboli, Salina, Filicudi, Lipari, Vulcano and Panarea - each
distinct in culture and history, while enjoying breathtaking views on both land
Stromboli is the most active of all the Mediterranean volcanoes. The northwest
coastline is known as 'Sciara del Fuoco' as it is here the lava flows tend to
reach the sea in huge mists of water. The other side is lush and covered by
vines, olive trees and capers. The crater of the volcano 'Serra Vancura'
stands at 926 meters above sea level and the local guides suggest a climb to
the summit at night.
boasts the highest point of the Aeolian islands with Monte Fossa delle Felci
towering at nearly 1000 meters above sea level. The cultivated fields are fed
by natural, fresh water springs, which allow Malvasia grapes to grow alongside
capers and cacti. By contrast a salt water lake near Punta Lingua gives the
island its name.
Interestingly, there are sulphuric emissions
emerging from the seabed around 200 meters from Rinella beach. These huge
bubbles are called 'sconcassi' and are known to kill fish. Also, the little
house at Pollara is featured in the film 'Il Postino' with the late Massimo
Filicudi is one of the smallest islands of the Aeolian Archipelago. It is
surrounded by rocks with the huge natural obelisk 'Canna' at 85 meters in
height being the most impressive. But the small Elephant island and Fortune
Cliffs are worth a close up look.
Captain Mario will get you close the Grotto of
Bue Marino or 'Cave of the Sea Ox' with its fantastic refracting light
island of Lipari, and the town of the same name, are the main centers of the
Aeolian Island Archipelago in Sicily. Here you'll find a few white houses
at the foot of a large green hill in a town still largely uninterrupted by
We'll sail past the
'Faraglioni', which are island-sized rocks protruding from the sea.
We'll also have the opportunity to visit the important Museo Archeologico
Eoliano and park which preserves many of the relics from the ancient
civilization of the zone and the castle built by the Spanish following the
raids of Barbarossa.
Vulcano is the Aeolian Island nearest to 'mainland' Sicily. It is separated
from Lipari by a sea channel just 1.6 kilometers wide, itself known as Bocche
di Vulcano. Legend states it was here Efesto, the God of fire, used to have his
Points of interest include the peninsula of
Vulcancello which splits the golden-sand beach of Porto di Levante from the
black volcanic sand beach of Porto di Ponente. The last eruption on the island
was in 1890 but underwater activity is active enough to provide therapeutic hot
springs and natural mud baths near Baia di Levante.
smallest of the Aeolian Islands, Panarea, attracts many tourists from around
the globe. Here many of Italy's rich own holiday homes and dock their
luxury yachts during the summer months.
The volcano of Panarea rises from more than
1200 meters below sea level and boasts magnificent views. This picturesque
island encompasses the small islands of Basiluzzo, Dattilo and Lisca
- the 'Caicco Salato'
The luxury yacht or Caicco is officially named
'Caicco Salato' in honor of captain Mario's family. Salato in Italian
means salt and Mario's grandfather loved salt so much in his food the word
'salato' became a sort of family nickname.
Onboard, you'll relax in one of 5 private
double cabins with your own bathroom and shower. Other amenities aboard the
boat include a shared lounge room with a bar and a beautiful teakwood deck on
which you can sunbathe and dine in complete comfort.
During our cruise, take the opportunity
to enjoy the water closer up by windsurf or canoe. Masks, fins and snorkeling
kits are available for everyone.