You’ll experience an abundance of history and culture. And each day will deliver a new bay or village to discover and explore. We make the most of your time and curiosity, without pressure of a fixed schedule. This cruise is much more than just a vacation. It provides unique experiences that create memories that will last for a lifetime. Join us on board!
During this week, you will fill up your senses while we are sailing through the Aeolian islands, exploring its settlements, and enjoying the majestic views. The combination of this and being far away from distraction and day to day life, encourages us to find total relaxation on board of the New Horizons.
We start our cruise on Saturday in Amantea, direction Tropea, a small town on the east coast of Calabria, in southern Italy. It’s known for its clifftop historic center, beaches and prized red onions. Built on a former Byzantine cemetery, the 12th-century cathedral has marble sarcophagi and a painting of the Madonna of Romania, the town’s protector. Nearby is a viewpoint over the hills. The centuries-old Santa Maria dell’Isola Church is on a rock overlooking the sea.
From there, we set sails to the Aeolian islands. They offer seas as clear as the Bahamas, landscapes worthy enough to be film sets and exceptional restaurants. And the New Horizons will take you to all of them.
The first island on our list is Stromboli, inspiration for the 1949 Rossellini/Bergman film of the same name, and now holiday home to the designers Dolce and Gabbana. People used to visit Stromboli to see the volcano, but after a mini-eruption in 2007 the summit was closed off and the locals sat tight, waiting for a bigger one. They are still waiting, but life in the two villages goes on as normal. The more remote is Ginostra, which can only by reached by sea. It is a small, whitewashed hamlet on a cliff overlooking a tiny port. There are no cars, only mules on Stromboli.
We lift the anchor and head for Panarea is a polished gem of an island. It’s picture-perfect, with white villages garlanded in bright bougainvillaea, narrow lanes (there are no cars on the island, only golf carts and Motorino electric bikes).
Drama of the cinematic variety put the neighbouring and next-largest island, Salina, on the international map in 1994, when the film Il Postinomade the most of its imposing natural beauty. The beach at Pollara, where it was filmed, is stunning, particularly at sunset, and hosts an annual caper festival in the first week of June, with dancing, street games and a smorgasbord of caper-enhanced food. The main port, Santa Marina Salina, is beautiful and unspoilt, with a long, traffic-free main street lined with chic boutiques and food shops.
From Filicudi, the ship heads further west to Alicudi, the rough-cut diamond of the Aeolian archipelago. Sitting on its own at the end of the chain, it feels like the land that time forgot: small, remote and cone-shaped, with a permanent population of 80, most of whom are apparently related, some of whom have never left the island. The port is tiny – a short stretch of stony beach on which brightly painted fishing boats are pulled up besides thethered mules.
We use Alicudi as a turning point to head back direction Lipari, the largest and most populous of the seven Aeolian islands, which has a hospital, schools and year-round life. The eponymous main town is busy, in island terms, but worth a visit for the fortified acropolis, and the Aeolian Archaeological Museum (00 39 090 988 0174), beautiful in itself and packed full of interesting bits and pieces: neolithic vases, Roman amphorae, and an extraordinary collection of theatrical masks and statuettes commissioned by Sophocles and Euripides, among others.
As we continue to travel south towards the Sicilian coastline, the last island we reach is Vulcano, with its active, smouldering volcano and sulphurous stench. It’s worth a day trip – and an easy hike – to see the volcano in action and wallow in the warm mud baths.
This cruise is much more than just a vacation. It provides unique experiences that create memories that will last for a lifetime!
We leave the Aeolian Islands for Sicily. Eternal crossroads of the Mediterranean, the gorgeous island of Sicily continues to seduce travellers with its dazzling diversity of landscapes and cultural treasures. Seductively beautiful and perfectly placed in the heart of the Mediterranean, Sicily has been luring passersby since the time of legends. The land of the Cyclops has been praised by poets from Homer to Virgil and prized by the many ancient cultures – Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Elymians, Romans and Greeks – whose bones lie buried here. On the horizon: Milazzo, Sicily.
While most visitors today just pass through on their way to the Aeolian Islands. Milazzo is certainly worth a visit but don’t be put off by the industrial development just up the coast. The old town centre itself is charming and retains some fine buildings and churches, while the cape is also well worth exploring, particularly the splendid Norman castle, the cavernous rock church of Sant’Antonio di Padua and the beaches of the Riviera di Ponente. Great views and sunsets are guaranteed and there are several good walking tracks.
You’ll have the whole Friday of the cruise to relax on board, go to one of to the sandy beaches or discover enchanting Sicily as we can bring you ashore with the tender.
Saturday, the final day. The guests that stay on board for another week, say goodbye to old friends that will leave today and ahoy to the new friends that arrive for another week of discovery. This next journey will take the New Horizons along the northern coastline of Sicily, exploring its many treasures, and having a taste of the best cuisine in the world.
During this sailing cruise, you fill up your senses while following the south coastline of Sicily, exploring its ancient past, and discovering beautiful bays and villages.
During this week, you fill up your senses while following the southern coastline of Italy from heel to toe, exploring its many treasures, and discovering a unique part of Italy.
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