Fodor's Expert Review Vulcano
A popular day trip from Lipari is to visit the most notorious of the Aeolian Islands: Vulcano. True to its name—and the origin of the term—Vulcano has a profusion of fumeroles sending up jets of hot vapor, though the volcano here has long been dormant. Travelers visit to soak in the strong-smelling sulfur springs, or to sunbathe or walk on some of the archipelago's best beaches, though the volcanic black sand can be off-putting at first glance. Ascend to the crater (1,266 feet above sea level) on mule back for eye-popping views or take a boat ride into the grottoes around the base. From Capo Grillo you can see all the Aeolians. Liberty Lines has high-speed passenger vessels that make the crossing from Lipari in 10 minutes; frequent daily departures are offered year-round.