A little Aeolian Island with a towering dormant volcano
Vulcano is one of the closest Aeolian Islands to the Sicilian coast. It’s carved from a cluster of volcanoes, so it’s also one of the most strangely shaped islands.
Fossa di Vulcano is the liveliest crater – it’s been puffing steam since pre-Roman times. Your first glimpse of it will be from the ferry as you chug towards port. Well-maintained gravel paths circle Fossa from foot to peak, dealing out head-turning sea and island views as they head to the sulphurous crater.
Elsewhere, Vulcano continues to live up to its name. Steaming fumaroles paint the rocks bright yellow, mud baths bubble away by Port di Levante, and Gelso harbour arranges slivers of black sand along the south coast.
The rest of the Aeolians are easily explored from Vulcano. Spend the day on chic Panarea or pretty Lipari, and don’t miss an evening cruise to watch Stromboli erupting in the darkness.
The nearest airport to Vulcano is Catania. Direct flights from the UK take approximately 3 hours.
Transfers by road and ferry from Catania Airport take approximately 3 hours.
Sicily’s climate is classically Mediterranean, but since the island is surprisingly close to Africa, things really heat up here in summer. The hot, dry weather begins in earnest around June, peaking in the high 20s around July and August. It barely gets cold in Sicily; winters are warm and rainy, while spring’s pleasant mid-teen average is good for walking and cycling, but not quite beach weather.
British citizens do not currently require a visa to visit Italy.
When you dine out in Italy, you will generally be charged a coperto (cover charge), which is for the bread, tablecloth, cutlery, etc. Tipping in Italy is not customary, but is always appreciated.
The official language of Italy is Italian. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.