The Aeolian Islands/in italian le Isole Eolie or Isole Lipari forms a volcanic archipelago that consists of 6 islands: Lipari, Salina, Vulcano, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea. The arcipelago has two active volcanoes. They are situated in the Tyrrhenian Sea, north of Sicily.
The only way to reach the Aeolian Islands is by ship or by hydrofoils. The main port from which it is possible to reach the Aeolian Islands is from Milazzo port.
Ships and hydrofoils leave to the Aeolian Islands also from the ports of Palermo, Messina, Reggio Calabria and Naples but there are much less connections. You can check here how to reach the Aeolian Islands from ports of Palermo, Messina, Reggio Calabria and Napoles.
Milazzo –the Aeolian Islands
The ship company Siremar offers sea connections between Milazzo and the Aeolian Islands both with ships and hydrofoils. The price depends on the island destination. Trips to islands that are closer to Milazzo cost less, for example, to go from Milazzo to Lipari costs 14,10 EUR (the average journey time is 2 hours). However, to go from Milazzo to Stromboli costs 18,26 EUR, as it is situated futher from Milazzo. (the average journey time is 7 hours)
You can check the timetable here (2016): Milazzo – the Aeolian Islands
You can book tickets online and check the prices on the official website of Siremar.
2. Liberty Lines
Liberty Lines offers daily sea connections between Milazzo and the Aeolian Islands only with the hydrofoils.
You can check the timetable here:
July 2016: Milazzo – le isole Eolie
August 2016: Milazzo e le isole Eolie