Monday: breakfast for those who have requested to sleep on board, the others arrive in Lipari before 13.00 hrs. We settle in our cabin, store the provisions, have a welcome drink and enjoy the fresh fish we bought with the captain for lunch. Those who are interested can sign up for Wednesday's hike in Stromboli. We set off and have a swim in the sea after the Lipari's Castle. We reach Gelso beach, in Vulcano, and dve in the clear waters of this black beach followed by a short walk inland up to the lighthouse. At night we moor at Cala di Ponente and after dinner why not have a relaxing night swim in the warm waters and volcanic mud?
Tuesday: for those who have subscribed at the time of arrival there is the excursion to Vulcanoʼs Great Crater, an hour walk to the top and less for the descent. Those staying behind can choose whether to relax, go fishing in the sea or dive with the captain. At around 4pm we set sail towards Panarea, the liveliest island of these seven Sicilian pearls, but also the most conscious about light pollution: along the streets there is only soft and diffused lighting. We anchor for the night at Cala Junco, for the ritual aperitif and a dancing night at the famous club Raja.
Wednesday: in the morning we meander around the small islands near Panarea, head towards Cala la Nave and have a swim at Faraglione. We sail up to the lava-pebbled beaches and transparent waters of Stromboli. After dark we position the boat to admire the fire flowing from the island side into the sea. Alternatively, with prior arrangement with the skipper and at the time of boarding on Monday, we can opt for an unforgettable guided night excursion to the edge of Stromboli crater.
Thursday: we head for Salina, without a doubt the greenest Aeolian island. Our first stop is at Santa Marina di Salina. Whilst the crew fill up the water tanks and clean the yacht, we let the island tempt us. Why not go for a moped ride to the places where Troisiʼs film ʻThe postmanʼ was shot? Or a snack with ʻpani cunzatuʼ and then Alfredoʼs fantastic granite (Italian shaved ice with fruit and sugar)? And what about a tasting of capers and caper fruits with Malvasia at our friend Salvatoreʼs farm in Leni? Or maybe we could trek up to mount Fosse delle Felci, an ancient crater standing at 962 mt tall, from where you can admire the entire archipelago? We spend the night in Santa Marina or if you prefer, in the tranquillity of Rinella.
Friday: for the first part of the morning we head to Pollara. This small bay, backed by a suggestive sheer rock wall, the remaining of an ancient crater, will be all for us. A natural wonder to be crowned with a plate of sea-urchin pasta, if we have any volunteering free divers! In the afternoon we set sail to Filicudi, just in time for the sunset at Canna, an amazing 70metre high column shaped rock. We spend the night anchored at sea in front of the tiny village of Filicudi. Tradition dictates that once we have cleared the catamaran deck we dance the night away under an immense starlit sky.
Saturday: the day is dedicated to the magic of Filicudi, with its crystal clear waters and suspended atmosphere. In the afternoon we visit the Bue Marino cave, the biggest cave of the Aeolian Islands, that will not fail to enchant us with its mysterious silence and suggestive plays of the light, and then set sail again towards Lipari. One last swim in the sea at Porta dei Giganti and then we anchor. We have a long reinvigorating shower and visit the small shops on an unmissable stroll along Corso Vittorio Emanuele. The longest night will then start, cocktails, dinner and after-dinner: what should we choose between Al Filippino, ʻE Pulera, La Tavernella da Silvana or Gilbertoʼs sandwiches?
Sunday: breakfast on board. For those who do not have to rush home, a few more hours through Lipariʼs town centre or the island on mopeds or quad bikes.
Note: Seven islands, each one different to the other, each with its own character to interpret, each with its own history to explore and each with its 'excessive' nature to experience at will