Our only requests for a sweet summer getaway: a beautiful Italian countryside, delectable food, and few tourists. In a time when tourists are overrunning captivating Capri and picturesque Positano, was this too much to ask? Did La Dolce Vita exist? Was it just a summertime fantasy? Despite tourist travel to Italy increasing every year, the isolated Aeolian Islands have managed to keep their authenticity, intimacy, and solitude. It’s a place where the smell of olives permeates the air. Acres of vineyards decorate its steep mountains and few tourists flock to the islands. It’s as if we found the unicorn of Italy.
To us, there is nothing more freeing than sailing to uncharted territories with the ones that we love most. Once we were in open waters,
The sails soared into the azure Aeolian sky, and we were immediately untethered from the outside world, free with the sea.
That’s the way a true vacation is supposed to be. Our schedule in the Aeolian Islands was as malleable as the sails that took us from island to island, going with the flow and quite accurately, going wherever the wind took us. There were no expectations for this week on the high seas and that in itself was a vacation.
There we were, eight adults from the U.S., U.K., and Israel, creating the ultimate summertime fantasy: sailing through the intimate Aeolian Islands, glamping on the high seas, and enjoying Italy at its best. In the Aeolian Islands, life is always “Tutti benne.”