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Undiscovered Sicily: Lipari Islands – Michelin Gourmet Chef Tour

Undiscovered Sicily: Lipari Islands – Michelin Gourmet Chef Tour

Experience the undiscovered jewels of Sicily: Located directly off the north coast of Sicily in a lovely climate, the liparic islands offer secluded bays and authentic southern Italy.

  • Portorosa, Vulcano, Panarea, Stromboli, Salina, Lipari, Portorosa
  • 6 nights in a luxurious double cabin or master cabin with many amenities
  • Full board with samadhis delicious, eternally young wellness cuisine, welcoming sparkling wine, local wines, soft drinks, water, cocktails, long drinks and mocktails from our menu.
  • 3 gourmet dinners with Michelin chefs
  • Water toys and snorkel/diving equipment
  • GEM-Service (Guest Experience Management) by samadhis experienced crew, tender services on route


Trip schedule

Day 1:: Embarkation in Portorosa (transfer from Catania airport or hotel possible), welcome on board, sailing to Vulcano, visit to the crater
Day 2:: Sail to Panarea, visit the charming island and Iceland hopping to the uninhabited islands around Panarea.
Day 3:: Sailing to Stromboli, visit of the famous active volcano
Day 4:: Sailing to Salina, visit of the beautiful bay Pollara
Day 5:: Sail to Lipari, hike to Belvedere lookout and sail along the coast.
Day 6:: Sailing to Portorosa, farewell. You can add a few days to explore the enchanting Sicily. (Transfer to hotel or airport is possible.)

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Destinations

Visit the bizarre Vulcano, the celebrity spot Panarea, the active volcano Stromboli, the bright green Salina, the lively Lipari and end your journey in the charming marina Portorosa.

Day 1

Vulcano

Vulcano is the southernmost of the Lipari Islands. Because of its warm sulphur springs and its location, it is the first port of call for most visitors to the archipelago. Coming from the mainland around Milazzo you reach Vulcano as the first island. It is separated from the main island Lipari by a 700 m wide strait.

The volcano last erupted in 1889 and was named after the Roman god of fire, Vulcanus, who is said to have operated one of his forges there. He thus gave his name to all volcanoes worldwide. The island is surrounded by boiling fumaroles. The volcano owes its popularity to the sulphur mud, whose healing effect through mud baths was already praised by the Romans. The warm springs are surmounted by the steaming crater.

Arriving with a ferry at the eastern harbour Porto di Levante, one sees to the right of the mole the small hill of the Faraglione di Levante. From there, one has a wonderful view over the lake with the sulphur mud baths and Vulcanello, a small volcanic mountain (123 m) with two extinct craters.

The volcano is without doubt the main attraction of the island.  In a good hour, one can master the hike up to the Gran Cratere and experience up close how active the volcano that has been slumbering since the last big eruption in 1888 is.

The fumaroles are smoke spots from the sulphur swaths. Here is a good recommendation to keep distance. The rock colours and the smoke in front of the deep blue sea offer a fascinating backdrop.

La Fascia di fanghi offer for a small entrance fee baths in the healing mud. The bath in the mud is considered since the Roman time as curative for many illnesses.

Spiaggia dell’ Asino dreamlike black beach

Spiaggia delle Fumerole beautiful black beach with water warmed by the Fumerole

Where to eat

Ristorante La Forgia Maurizio Strada Provinciale, 45, 98050. VulcanoMaurizio and his team serve excellent fresh seafood and fish.

Ficodindia Pane Cunzato e Sapori Eoliani Via Anna Magnani, Isola Pedonale, 98050 Vulcano. Simple but good southern Italian restaurant.

Il Gelato di Antonio Via Provinciale 41, 98050 Vulcano. Best address for first-class homemade ice cream

Day 2

Panarea

Panarea is the smallest of the inhabited Lipari Islands. It measures just 2.5 km by 1.8 km and has achieved the status of a “VIP island” despite or perhaps thanks to its small size.

In summer the 300 islanders are joined by members of the international jet set with names such as Bulgari, Visconti or Borghese as well as European nobility or stars such as Uma Thurman, Antonio Banderas Beyoncé and Jay Z, Princess Caroline, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss. Many mega yachts also anchor in the bays to experience the bohemian chic of the island.

Despite all the jetset, the island has remained a mysterious and at the same time down-to-earth place, where not much happens and the simple pleasures rule.

Panarea’s unique atmosphere and enchanting solitude first attracted tourists in the 1950s. Since the opening of Hotel Raya in the 1960s, which was not luxurious but trendy, the island has had a reputation as a celebration location and alternative to the glamorous Capri. Today, one can still dance the night away in the Raya in the hotel’s own open-air disco with sea views. Those who yearn for more peace and quiet will find the villages Ditella and Drauto in the north and south of San Pietro. When the quiet evening passes into the night, the happy inhabitants can look out at the water and watch the Stromboli shoot glowing magma into the night sky.

In the eastern third of Panarea there are the few residential areas, while in the other two thirds there are green hills, terraced agriculture and volcanic formations.

San Pietro Centro is a picturesque labyrinth of whitewashed streets that contain most of the island’s restaurants, bars and shops. As the island is so small, you can reach almost every spot on foot.

Punta del Corvo – A hike to the summit of the highest point of the island, with 421 m, is already worthwhile because of the wonderful view to the whole liparic archipelago.

Cala Junco is the southernmost point of the island, a bay with pebbles and crystal clear water.

Punta Milazzese is located to the east of the island and offers a beautiful pebble beach and small hills with remains of a Bronze Age village.

Cala dei Zimmari, a little further north, is the only sandy beach on the island.

The Spiaffia della Calcara in the northeast of Panarea just south of the small village of Ditella is a unique beach that offers a magical view of Stromboli and smoking sulphurous fumaroles and hot underwater springs.

Cala Bianca to the west is a small beach formed by cliffs and a collapsed volcanic crater.

On Panarea’s east coast the islets of Dattilo, Lisca Bianca, Basiluzzo, Lisca Nera and Bottaro offer wonderful hidden bays. All places are excellent for snorkeling and diving.

Where to eat

Hycesia via San Pietro, 98055 Panarea. The exclusive restaurant offers excellent modern interpreted local cuisine. The wine cellar is exceptionally well equipped. You dine in a pleasantly chic atmosphere. Recommended by the Michelin Guide.

Ristorante O’Palmo Via San Pietro 8, 98055 Panarea. Excellent restaurant with excellent fish and seafood and a very good wine list.

Le Delizie Di Nonna Pasqualina Via San Pietro | Da Francesco, 98050 Panarea. Traditional solid aeolian food is served with nice views of the small harbour.

Day 3

Stromboli

The island of Stromboli consists entirely of the 3000 m high volcano of the same name, from which about 900 m rise out of the sea. Stromboli is one of the few active volcanoes and shows an almost uninterrupted continuous eruption activity with mostly several eruptions per hour. In ancient times, it served as a point of orientation for seafarers.

The island has only a very small size of 12.6 km² and the most spectacular sight is the volcano itself. In addition, due to the remoteness and low tourist development, one experiences a very original destination and due to the volcanic nature in large parts a wild, unmanaged landscape.

Travelers who appreciate the tranquil will find a very attractive destination here. The beautiful beaches of the island of fine black lava sand invite you to relax and swim and dive.

There are only two villages on the island: the larger capital Stromboli has about 500 permanent inhabitants. It is located in the northeast of the island and consists of the connected districts of Piscità, Ficogrande, San Bartolo, San Vicenzo and Scari. It is the starting point of the ferries and there are shopping facilities, restaurants and small hotels.

The small, remote Ginostra is a fishing village in the southwest with about 20 inhabitants, which is hardly visited by tourists due to its remoteness.

The volcano – The active craters of Stromboli are located at a height of approximately 700 m northwest of the summit. The summit is about 200 m higher and 500 m away. During normal activity, the volcano regularly ejects two to three hundred meter high lava fountains, so that one can have a comparatively safe view of the eruption activity from the summit. Access is limited.

Sciara del Fuoco – is the slope below the eruptions where the lava rocks slide down and hiss into the sea. Due to the regular activity of the volcano, it is inaccessible and can only be visited from the sea.

Strombolicchio is the uninhabited tiny sister island of Stromboli. It is situated 2 kilometres northeast of Stromboli and can only be reached by boat.

Where to eat

Punta Lena Via monsignor Di Mattina 8, località Ficogrande, 98055 Stromboli. A pergola serves regionally inspired fish dishes with a sensational view of the sea and the island of Strombolicchio. Wonderful location. Recommended by the Michelin Guide.

Day 4

Salina

The island of Salina is one of the greenest of the Lipari Islands. Located there and partly filmed, “Il Postino” celebrated enormous international successes.

Salina is a green and fertile island with about 2,500 inhabitants. It is home to about 400 species of plants and is topographically dominated by the two inactive volcanoes, Monte Fossa delle Felci and Monte dei Porri. At 965 and 860 metres above sea level, these cone-shaped mountains are ideal for hiking and offer a welcome refuge with magnificent views during the hot summer weeks.

Salina is the most gastronomic for its fish, capers and a sweet dessert wine, the Malvasia delle Lipari. Capers are a main ingredient in most regional dishes; they give fish dishes a certain spice and are often used in recipes together with anchovies and olives. Traditionally, capers have been preserved in salt obtained from the small salt lake south of the town of Santa Marina. By the way, this is the name of the island – Salina.

The surrounding sea is simply breathtaking and one bay is more enchanting than the other.

Many of the beaches are made of pebbles, not sand and the water is crystal clear and home to a variety of marine life, plants, caves and underwater volcanic craters. The bay at Pollara (where several scenes of Il Postino were filmed) is one of the most beautiful of the Lipari Islands.

The saltworks of Lingua are located 3 km south of Santa Marina. The small lighthouse here is almost a ruin and one wonders if the small lake that was built for salt production still fulfils its task.

Capo Faro is on the way to Santa Marina. Until the last century, fisher families still lived in the tiny mud houses.  The place gives an impression how incredibly simple life was here a short time ago.

Pollara is a broken volcano whose entire western flank has slipped into the sea. The place is located in the middle of the crater of Monte dei Porri and is one of those picturesque coastal places where time seems to stand still. Citrus fruits, capers and malvasia are cultivated here extensively.  High above the valley there is a fortress.

Monte Fossa delle Felci, one of the two volcanic cones, measures 965 metres above sea level and overlooks Stromboli. The forest on its flanks is crossed by a network of paths that invite you to wonderful hikes.

Where to eat:

Signum via Scalo 15, località Malfa, 98050 Malfa. A charming pergola with a characteristic terrace, beautiful majolica tiles and the typical colours of the Aeolian Islands form the perfect backdrop for a delicious cuisine that demonstrates the chef’s ability to interpret traditional recipes of the region with imagination and original flair. There is also a very good wine list that includes some of the lesser known but excellent wines of the island. 1 Michelin star

Nni Lausta via Risorgimento 188, località Santa Marina Salina, 98050 Santa Marina Salina. Fish plays the main role here – the authentic traditional taste of Aeolian cuisine is interpreted with imagination and innovation by a dynamic management. Recommended by the Michelin Guide.

Day 5

Lipari

Lipari is the largest of the seven inhabited Lipari Islands. Crystal clear water flows into the green hilly landscape and the ancient ramparts of the city of Lipari, which rise above its two harbours.

The Greeks arrived at the beginning of the 6th century BC and stayed for several centuries. In the 4th century BC the island became a strategic ally of Dionysios, the influential tyrant of Syracuse. Afterwards the Roman influence grew and Lipari became a holiday resort for rich Romans looking for peace and relaxation.

Several centuries passed in relative secrecy in which Lipari followed the general ups and downs of Sicily’s history until 1544, when an Ottoman admiral attacked Lipari and enslaved the entire population. Charles V, the Aragon emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, quickly recaptured the island. He built impressive fortification walls to protect the city from new invasions. These walls now surround the Lipari castle, the cathedral and the first-class international archaeological museum.

The centre of Lipari is Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, lined with cafés, bars and restaurants, which connects the two ports from north to south – Marina Lunga, where hydrofoils and ferries moor, and Marina Corta, the picturesque old port.

High above the city and surrounded by 16th century ramparts are the castle, the archaeological museum, San Bartolomeo Cathedral, ancient Greek ruins and some panoramic viewpoints. A city walk offers numerous discoveries and a lively atmosphere during the summer months.

Marina Corta, the picturesque old port, offers from its piazza a view of the rocking fishing boats, the Anime del Purgatorio seafaring church and the sea.

Canneto is a picturesque fishing village with a long pebble beach and many beach resorts.

The old pumice quarries lie further along the coast, past some bays with pebble beaches. Their bright white stone gives the sea its almost supernatural turquoise colour. Swimming or snorkeling is an unforgettable experience.

The lava beach of Acquacalda on the north coast of the island owes its name to the hot volcanic springs that attracted visitors in ancient times.

Where to eat:

Il Cappero località Vulcanello, 98055 Lipari. Excellent Mediterranean cuisine with a modern touch created by a chef known for his imaginative style. He uses carefully selected ingredients and gives the local specialities a hint of his homeland Ischia. Overlooking the sea, this is the only place on the Aeolian Islands from where all the islands can be seen. 1 Michelin star.

Trattoria del Vicolo vico Ulisse 17, 98055 Lipari Eolie. This restaurant, which has overlooked the piazza for almost 50 years, has retained its friendly, unadorned atmosphere. The walls are decorated with paintings by the chef, who serves regional gastronomic creations that are reinterpreted with a contemporary touch. Recommended by the Michelin Guide.

Day 6

Milazzo

From Portorosa you reach the town of Milazzo. From the port, the Lungomare Garibaldi runs along the east coast of Capo Milazzo, colourful fishing boats and the fishermen at work belong to the typical image of a Sicilian port town.

The coastal road runs north along the port as Via Francessco Crispi, at Chiesa di San Giacomo the traffic-exempt Via Giacomo Medici leads to the centre of the lower town along some interesting palaces.

The Duomo antico (old cathedral) is located in the fortified area of the “Città murata”, nearby is also the former Monastero delle Benedittine, a Benedictine monastery.

A path on the mountain flank leads past the remains of Fortino Castriciani to the 17th century Chiesa dell’ Immacolata, from whose terrace you have a beautiful view of the lower town.

In the area of the fort, the so-called Città murata, there had already been defensive buildings in ancient times. Even if the castle is called Torre Saracena, it probably dates back to the time of the Normans; under Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, the fortress got its present appearance.

The Via Grotta Polifemo runs along the west coast below the fort. The Grotto of the Polyphemus, known from mythology, is said to have been located here on the west coast of Capo Milazzo.

The Chiesa San Francesco di Paola with its imposing staircase is built in the Baroque style and is situated on the paved Salita San Francesco.

The Chiesa Santa Maria Maggiora is on the Lungomare Garibaldi, the interior is decorated with Rococo frescoes, the neoclassical façade dates from the 19th century and the Campanile fell victim to the earthquake of 1908.

The Duomo di San Stefano was built around 1930/50, the exterior of the simple church is decorated with paintings from the old cathedral: two paintings by Saint Peter and Saint Paul by Antonello De Saliba from the school of Antonello di Messina from the 16th century, the statue of Sant Stefano, patron saint of the city, from the 19th century, is carried through the city every year in a procession at the beginning of September.

The Palazzo dei Marchesi D’Amico on the Lungomare Garibaldi is decorated with frescoes and stucco ceilings, today it houses the library.

The Palazzo del Governatore is in need of restoration; various personalities stayed in the 16th century building, which was damaged by an earthquake in 1831 and is no longer habitable.

Villa Vaccarino, built in 1930, is now the seat of the court, and the Art Nouveau Park is open to the public during opening hours.

On Via G. Impallomeni is the Antiquarium with an exhibition of archaeological finds from excavations in the city.

Where to eat:

Doppio Gusto via Luigi Rizzo 1/2, 98057 Milazzo. Fish specialities are on the menu of this elegant, modern restaurant with friendly, informal service. Good selection of wines, also available in glass. Recommended by the Michelin Guide.

Marina del Nettuno viale della Libertà-Batteria Masotto, Messina. As the name suggests, this restaurant with lounge bar is located directly at the jetty of the Yachting Club Messina. Elegant and minimalist decor and creative cuisine with a focus on fish dishes. Recommended by the Michelin Guide.

Activities

Sail an extraordinary yacht, start your day with bodywork and snorkel at the most beautiful reefs.

Crew

Our charming team and our experienced crew will accompany you on your unique journey with samadhi.

Mathias Berger
Captain onboard samadhi Ocean Resort

A native Austrian, Matthias studied hospitality management in the famous Wachau wine region close to Vienna, and then worked in Europe, Australia and Asia for the past 15 years in the luxury hospitality sector for major international hotel groups. In 2009 Matthias participated in the Clipper Round the World Yacht race, sailing from Australia to San Francisco via Singapore and Qingdao in China, crossing some of the largest and most challenging oceans of this world. He continued being passionate about sailing and obtained professional qualifications from the British Royal Yachting Assocation (RYA) and is today certified as a Yachtmaster.

“Samadhi Ocean Resort allows me to combine my two passions of hospitality and sailing, and I am looking forward to welcoming our guest aboard the ocean resort showing them around the most beautiful towns and pristine and exlusive beaches of the Amalfi Coast and Sicily. ”

Matthias holds a master degree in hospitality management, a postgraduate MBA and a RYA Yachtmaster Offshore as well as an Ironman Coaching Certification.

Cabins

Enjoy our 5-star luxury cabins, which are modern, high-quality and made of the finest materials. Feel at home!

Superior cabin

The superior cabins are located in the hulls. Guests will enjoy the contemporary and elegant cabin interior, designed with natural materials and wood elements. Enjoy a tastefully designed ensuite bathroom and luxury organic amenities.

Key Facts

  • Luxurious cabin with
  • Direct ocean views from the cabin
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Rain shower
  • Direct access to saloon and main deck

Amenities

  • Luxurious organic bathroom amenities
  • hairdryer
  • Guest Experience Manager (GEM) service
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi (subject to availability)
  • 32-inch LCD television
  • SONOS sound system

Our delicious full board includes

  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Delicious lunch and three course dinner
  • Morning and afternoon snacks
  • Water, coffee, tea and soft drinks all day long
  • Local and international beverages, long drinks, mocktails and cocktails

Master cabin

The master cabin is located in the hull. Guests will enjoy a very spacious cabin with contemporary and elegant cabin interior, a walk-in closet and a desk with a comfortable chair. Enjoy a large, tastefully designed ensuite bathroom and luxury organic amenities.

Key Facts

  • Luxurious cabin with
  • Direct ocean views from the cabin
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Rain shower
  • Direct access to saloon and main deck

Amenities

  • Luxurious organic bathroom amenities
  • hairdryer
  • Guest Experience Manager (GEM) service
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi (subject to availability)
  • 32-inch LCD television
  • SONOS sound system

Our delicious full board includes

  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Delicious lunch and three course dinner
  • Morning and afternoon snacks
  • Water, coffee, tea and soft drinks all day long
  • Local and international beverages, long drinks, mocktails and cocktails

Taste

Our menu offers a creative, forever-young cuisine that stresses fresh vegetables, homemade delicacies and seafood.

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