it is difficult to find timetables for the connection to the Aeolian islands so you can plan your trip to the islands. So I decided to paste in timetables I can on the harbour on Lipari for you to consult.
I will upload timetables here asap we get the summer 2022 tables.
Traveling Aeolian islands
prepare your trip wintertime and summertime.
Especcially wintertime, I recommend you to check the meteo for the South Mediterranean around Sicily. BBC shows good maps and the Windfinder app gives you good data for the Islands if you look for Lipari.
The islands are great for walks, trekking and cycling wintertime.
If you decide to come to the islands wintertime
I have experienced bus and train strikes, accidents on the motorway and wintertime of course bad weather.
Especcially in in winter, prepare your trip with at least one night on Sicily at arrival and before departure.
I usually leave the island the day before my flight from Catania and stay overnight at International airport hotel in Catania, that is 5 min car from the airport departure hall. The hotel has beatiful rooms with view over Etna from their third floor rooms and serve good evening dinner and early morning breakfast. They take you to the airport after booking.
Nice sites in Sicily
There a plenty of nice sites on Sicily, like Novara di Sicilia, Siracusa and Palermo. Have a look at the Sicily tour description on http://www.kireus.com/wordpress/lipari/viaggio-in-sicilia/
But also Milazzo has some nice things to visit, like the marvelous beach on the west side. with views over the islands.
When I leave the islands I always use to leave a day before. You can never be sure in Sicily. I have experienced bus and train strikes, accidents on the motorway and wintertime of course bad weather.
Train to Neaple and boat overnight.
Recent times, I stayed overnight by friends in North Italy and when the meteo looked nice I called Siremar in Neaple and then took the train to Neaple, a cab to the harbour and finally the boat with cabin overnight from Neaple (at about 20.00) passing Capri, Stromboli, Panarea, Salina to arrive recoverend and relaxed to my final destination Lipari. The boat from Neaple is a big one with restaurant, cinema, internet and bars that does not stop for some waves. It takes 2½ hours with train Freccerosse from Milan to Neaple!
Hotels I used on my trip back.
In my trip to and from Liparu, I have experienced boat connection problems, bus and train strikes, accidents on the motorway…
So I use to stay overnight in Catania also at summertime now e.g.
- “Le Dune” at the nice south beach near the airport
Nice swimming pool, but the only problem there mosquitos and that you have to pay taxi to the airport.
- or the “International airport Hotel”. I know prefer this hotel as it has now a nice swimming pool and offers free transit to the airport.
As said above
The hotel has beatiful rooms with view over Etna from their third floor rooms and serve good evening dinner and early morning breakfast. They take you to the airport after booking.