Nicole Bono, founder of Bono Situations International, and a husband or wife of Travellustre, explored Southern Italy this summer, and is back with this report.

This past summer months, with every thing in flux owing to COVID-19, I resolved to expend a total month in Southern Italy, discovering locations I experienced under no circumstances been to before, to be capable to extend my portfolio of offerings to my clientele. Everyone’s heard of Sicily, but you may well not have read of the Aeolian Islands.

Immediately after some investigate, I identified that there was a beautiful house from the Small Luxurious Inns collection, which I adore, on the island of Vulcano (Italian for Volcano, as the total island is just one). It was a no-brainer to guide the hotel for two evenings and head off that weekend with my boyfriend and see what form of glamorous choices the island experienced to provide. To get there, we departed by hydrofoil from Reggio Calabria it is probable to do so directly from Messina or Milazzo in Sicily, as effectively. In retrospect, I would not suggest the hydrofoil, it is not quite comfy and fairly crowded. Non-public boats can be structured, as well as transfers by way of helicopter. 

As before long as we arrived on the island, we could instantly odor sulfur in the air and see the black volcanic sand with crystal crystal clear waters. This island is also identified for its pure mud baths. 

At the port wherever our hydrofoil docked, we had been generously greeted by the personnel of the Therasia Vacation resort Sea and Spa and taken to the home, wherever look at-in was a breeze. Our incredible suite had a terrace with a beautiful perspective of the total Aeolian archipelago, with the island of Lipari directly in front of us. This look at was outside of exclusive, it was mesmerizing and meditative to stare at, and experienced all the elements to get ready you for a magical continue to be. 

Nicole Bono, below, was mesmerized by the attractiveness of the Aeolian Islands for the duration of her continue to be at the Therasia Vacation resort Sea and Spa. 

Therasia Resort Sea and Spa was developed not too long ago on the most recent element of the island of Vulcano, known as Vulcanello, which shaped soon after an eruption in the 11th century. It is an absolute key spot on a promontory, which is what will make Therasia a a single-of-a-type hotel, a gateway to this magical island landscape. The architecture and design of the lodge, with its white-washed tufa walls and classic, yet elevated, décor are reminiscent of the Greek islands, but certainly keep real to Sicilian traditions with standard embellishing components and ceramics during. 

Just about every location at Therasia provides a world-class perspective of Lipari’s ‘faraglioni’ (sea stacks) and the other Aeolian islands. The initially evening, we headed to the open-air bar, I Russuri, and appreciated a sunset aperitivo of Aperol Spritz accompanied by neighborhood Sicilian nibbles, this kind of as capers and almonds, with their trademark spectacular perspective as our backdrop. Later that evening, we went for a stroll in the quaint metropolis middle of Vulcano’s port. At night time, the ambiance is very cozy, as the working day tourists depart by then, so you can delight in a stroll alongside tiny artisanal boutiques, gelato bars and foods stalls. We stopped at one particular to eat handmade arancine, a normal Sicilian road meals. These deep-fried rice balls are stuffed with distinctive filings. It was properly truly worth it! Try the pistachio submitting, you will not be unhappy.

The up coming working day, following a private breakfast on our balcony, we headed back down to the port for a non-public boat tour of Vulcano and nearby Lipari, organized by Therasia. Their in-household employees can take care of and assist with all your excursions and other requests. The boat ride was an amazing practical experience, seeing the craggy windswept panoramic islands mounting straight out of crystal-apparent turquoise waters. We were being taken on a tour of the several faraglioni and rock formations, each and every with its have folklore and historical past. It was reminiscent of Capri, but considerably less crowded and extra personal. We then bathed in the spectacular pool of Venus, aptly named for its elegance, a normal shallow amphitheater of resplendent emerald h2o. 

We returned to Therasia to have a soothing afternoon by the pool, which, in my intellect, is the most impressive infinity pool I have found to day, simply because you are entirely surrounded by the deep Mediterranean blue waters and can gaze endlessly on the faraglioni and Lipari. As a split, we had a gentle lunch at their poolside Grusoni Restaurant (socially distanced tables), which serves new seasonal fare and has a wood-fired pizza oven. For the relaxation of the night, we comfortable by the pool and even went for a dip in the ocean by means of the hotel’s techniques into the h2o. The ambiance is so mesmerizing that you seriously truly feel calm down to your soul. 

As a huge foodie, I was really energized about our supper reservation at their Michelin-starred Il Cappero Cafe. My recommendation? Go on the earlier aspect, all-around sunset, to continue to love the breathtaking views as the sun sets immediately among the islands of Filicudi and Alicudi and the sky turns each individual shade of purple while you dive into a culinary journey by means of the preferences and aromas of Sicily and its islands. This food was definitely the cherry on top rated of an incredible keep. Each and every dish is an homage to the neighborhood traditions, with inventive playfulness and surprising new reinterpretations, with equal attention offered to the accompanying plates and desk options. Most unforgettable has to be the eggplant parmesan cannolo — fusing 3 Sicilian conventional dishes into heavenly bites. The wine pairing makes it possible for you to explore unidentified vintages of micro-cultivations and varietals from the Aeolian islands and is a will have to to round out the encounter. Chef Giuseppe Biuso, who is exceptionally youthful, is undertaking something certainly commendable at Il Cappero. If we had extra days, we would have tried using the similarly avant-garde vegetarian restaurant, I Tenerumi, with a tasting menu developed by Chef Biuso that can take you on a parallel journey via Sicily’s palate whilst sitting outside the house less than the stars surrounded by cacti. 

As a coda, I want to highlight that Therasia was particularly attentive to all COVID rules. Social distancing and mask sporting were being practiced during the house and a couple of their eating places remained closed to make sure the security of visitors. In addition, Therasia had a health care provider on the premises close to the clock to provider any customer demands and presented COVID screening for extra peace of thoughts. This was the only lodge all over my travels this summer months that made available this.

As an advisor, what I can recommend you to do is increase the Aeolian Islands to your bucket checklist. This desired destination is ideal for a honeymoon, and also for any type of leisure trip. Therasia also hosts the most fabulous place weddings, one particular which I hope to system in my future for a special customer. I simply cannot advocate a stay at Therasia on the island of Vulcano additional really. It is a one-quit store for all your desires, which enables you to indulge in whole peace and get shed in the magical atmosphere. With its selection of panoramic viewpoints, eating choices and enjoyment you will in no way want to depart. The islands are named immediately after Aeolus, the God of Wind. Appear to these enchanting islands and allow your self be swept absent by Aeolus’s windswept attractiveness and enjoy the expertise of life time. 

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