Everyone’s heard of Sicily, Sardinia and fashionable Capri, but when it comes to enchanting islands, Italy has much more to offer than the usual headline acts. And few people realize that its coastline is actually peppered with over 350 islands—from rugged, enchanting Marettimo to tiny Filicudi, with its black volcanic beaches.
You don’t even need a sailing boat or luxury yacht to reach these lesser-known hideaways. Hop over to Sicily and take a hyper-efficient aliscafo, or fast ferry, to the Aegadian islands, a delightfully tranquil group that includes Marettimo and Favignana.
It’s just as easy to get to Filicudi, Salina, Stromboli and Panarea, all part of the Aeolian Islands—a group north of Sicily that is named after Aeolus, the mythical ruler of the winds. You can be sure of an invigorating breeze, but also plenty of sun and sea, and that all-important laid-back island vibe.