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Sailing & Volcano Adventure in the Aeolian Islands

  • Vessel: Florette
  • Where: Valentia, Italy
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Embark: Vibo, Valentia - 21 August 2021, 16:00
  • Disembark: Vibo, Valentia - 28 August 2021, 10:00

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Sail the wonders of the Aeolian islands from Italy with classic wooden windjammer Florette. Discover the active volcano of Stromboli and explore ashore on the islands of Lipari & Salina.

Explore the magical Italian coast of Calabria and the UNESCO heritage site of the Aeolian islands with tall ship Florette. Enjoy all inclusive hands-on sailing with private twin cabins.

Discovering the Aeolian Islands

This active sailing adventure holiday is packed with phenomenal experiences from hiking volcanos to immersing yourself in 6000-year old culture and exploring the beautiful archipelago which is under the protection of Unesco World Heritage.

The volcanic islands of the Tyrrhenian Sea off the north coast of Sicily are characterised by wild, unspoilt nature. They are called the “Aeolian Islands” because, according to Greek legend, the god of the wind, Aeolus, once lived here. The jewel in the Mediterranean has seven inhabited islands, and each one is different. From lovely green hills to seething craters, you will find a wide variety of unique natural landscapes in a very small space. In 2000 the archipelago of the Aeolian Islands was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Regular volcanic eruptions of the Stromboli offer a true natural spectacle, and the volcanic mountains and Mediterranean landscapes are a true hiking paradise.

Although Lipari has approx. 5000 residents, you will find yourself in a typical Sicilian village. With one of the most beautiful archaeological museums in Italy and a picturesque old town with many small shops that are perfect for an afternoon stroll. Obsidian and pumice stone can be found around Monte Pilato and it is well worth taking a detour on the Vespa, offering hiking opportunities for different demands. 

Known as the Green islands, Salina was “rebuilt’ in the 1970’s as an agricultural mainstay. There are numerous vineyards, the dessert wine – Malvasia delle Lipari and, of course, the capers, which are considered to be some of the best in the world. Hikers can walk to the highest peak of the archipelago through a beautiful pine and chestnut forests. 

Vulcano The smell of Sulphur greets us as soon as we dock ere. Until the 19th century, Sulphur and alum were mined only a few meters from the quay. Today, souvenir shops, spas, hotels and bars line the harbour and for those that want to, you can wallow in the Sulphur mud. The highlight of this islands is certainly the two hour crater hike through the yellow Sulphur fumaroles. 

Since ancient times the Stromboli volcano has been an orientation point for seafarers at night. The Stromboli erupts every 15-20 minutes. Depending on the magma levels in the chimney, the lava fountains are thrown several hundred meters above the crater rim. 


Life at Sea

Florette and her crew always try to combine traditional classic sailing while immersing guests in the natural landscapes ashore; volcanoes, ancient culture and the specialities of the regional Italian cuisine. Florette invites you to get involved with her traditional sailing. With an original rig, it is certainly an all-hands on deck approach  – which is surely part of the attraction to this bucket list sailing holiday. That being said, if you just want to sit back and enjoy the Mediterranean sunshine then that’s fine too! Florette is fully crewed with experience and knowledgable sailors. The Captains wife also cooks up fabulous Mediterranean cuisine, so you won’t be going hungry after a day exploring this beautiful part of the world.

From solo travellers to couples to families or friends, there is something for everyone on this sailing adventure. An unforgettable and versatile sailing holiday with daily trips ashore, offering a pleasant contrast to the social life on board. Go for a roundtrip with a Vespa on the Lipari island or a perhaps a shopping tour on the elegant and chic Panarea luxury-island. Or go hiking on the Salina island, known for its capers and sweet wine.

Swim, snorkel and kayak in secluded bays with crystal-clear water and dark beaches made of fine, black lava sand. Experience the fiery Stromboli, the most active volcano in Europe on an adventurous night-time hike. Climb Vulcano slumbering in sulphur fumes and enjoy a healing bath in the sulphur mud afterwards before dipping into the bubbling sea.

Florette volcanoes

Florette’s accommodation comprises of  5x family cabins (double+single), 2x double cabins, 4x twin bunk cabins and 4x hammock bunks. Cabins share 4 toilets with 3 showers below decks and 1 shower above decks. Breakfast and dinner is included in your ticket price but lunch is to be eaten ashore at guests expense. If this is not possible, the boat will offer lunch at a reasonable extra cost. An honesty cash bar is payable at the end of your trip in Euros. Tea & Coffee is included at breakfast but is charged at €1 at all other times. Soft drinks & alcohol may be purchased onboard. Drinking water is charged at €15 per person per trip and is accessible at all hours from the boats fresh water machine. 

Simply click “Enquire Now” to reserve your berth for five days whilst you sort your travel plans. No booking form or deposit is required until you are ready to book!

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Guest berths: 28 Rig: Brigantine

Florette is the last active, originally built brigantine in the Mediterranean and one of the last wooden windjammers that are is still actively sailing. After nearly 50 years operating as a cargo ship and a world war, she was discovered by the Haynes family at the end of the 70s, lovingly restored to a charter vessel and returned to her original condition. She still remains in the same family, sailing and exploring the Mediterranean to this day.

Over the past 45 years, Family Haynes has been faithfully restoring and maintaining her charm with her traditional rigging and still set all her sail by hand.  As she was built to carry over 200t of marble deep sea, her construction is twice as strong as compared to a normal ship of her size. She is constructed with double oaked frames and up to 13 meters long, 14 cm thick ironwood planks (azobe). Her topsides are built in the finest mahogany. She was originally launched in winter of 1921 in Italy as a pure wooden sailing ship with no engine to serve as a cargo ship. She still runs cargo trips across the Atlantic today.

She has been equipped with the latest safety standards in accordance with EU guidelines for historic charter and sailing school ships and approved for deep-sea navigation.

Florette maintains a full ocean classification for historical sail training and charter vessel. She actively sails 6-7 months in the Mediterranean and spent last winter crossing the Atlantic and sailing in the Caribbean.

More about Florette


  • What COVID policies are in place for sailing with Florette?

    There are currently no Test & Sail policies in place for the 2022 season. Guests will just need to ensure they are following any international guidelines to travel to the boat.

  • Are all meals included?

    Not all meals are included. Breakfast is provided everyday and 6 meals are included in the price, which will be lunch or dinner depending on the itinerary. Lunch can be eaten ashore or extra meals may be offered but there will be an extra charge.

  • Are there any added extra's?

    Soft drinks & alcohol may be purchased onboard.

  • Are drinks included?

    Tea/Coffee is included at breakfast. All other drinks/alcohol can be purchased onboard with an honesty bar.

  • Can you cater for dietary needs?

    Yes, please ask at the time of booking.

  • Are there any water toys?

    Yes, Florette carries Kayaks and SUP's for guests use - a buoyancy jacket must be worn.

  • What language is spoken onboard?


  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    5x family cabins (double+single), 2x double cabins, 4x twin bunk cabins, 4x hammock bunks

  • How many toilet/showers does she have?

    4 toilets with 3 showers & 1 deck shower

  • Is there WIFI?

    No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.

  • Can I charge my phone/Camera?

    Yes, please bring european adaptors

  • Are there life jackets provided?


  • Are Waterproofs provided?


  • Do I need sailing experience?

    No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure.

  • Will I be sea sick?

    Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.

  • Is bedding included?

    All bedding is but towels are not. If you would like to sleep under the stars on deck, you will need to bring your own sleeping bag.


From: Vibo, Valentia

To: Vibo, Valentia


Lamezia Airport is the closest to the Marina. Flights from the UK normally require a change over in Milan. London Heathrow, Manchester and Birmingham all offer flights.

Once at Lamezia Airport it’s a 30minute taxi ride to the Marina. There are registered taxi companies operating from outside of the airport. Please ensure you agree a price before getting in the taxi. 

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