Sail back in time on the westernmost edge of the Aeolian Islands

Skipper-cum-chef Pierre Zucchi sails a delightful wooden craft around Alicudi and Filicudi, pairing swimming and snorkelling with standout Sicilian cuisine

The 15m wooden craft Barca Jost
The 15m wooden craft Barca Jost

The westernmost Aeolian Islands of Alicudi and Filicudi – sparsely populated, cinematically pretty – are throwbacks to another time. The best way to see them is by boat, and one of the best boats comes straight out of the black book of Bellini Travel.

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Barca Jost (bellinitravel.com; all-inclusive half-day excursions from €800) is the charming, 15m wooden craft, fitted with a full galley (plus sound system, WiFi and cocktail bar). Pierre Zucchi, its charming skipper-cum-chef, will take you fishing or snorkelling, or simply drop anchor at tiny Filicudi village Pecorini a Mare to serve you his famous spaghetti cucuzzielle with a nice chilled Grillo.

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