Nicole Bono, founder of Bono Situations International, and a associate of Travellustre, explored Southern Italy this summer time, and is back with this report.
This previous summertime, with almost everything in flux thanks to COVID-19, I made a decision to devote a entire month in Southern Italy, checking out places I had never ever been to before, to be capable to broaden my portfolio of offerings to my clientele. Everyone’s read of Sicily, but you may perhaps not have heard of the Aeolian Islands.
Just after some investigation, I identified that there was a attractive house from the Smaller Luxury Motels selection, which I adore, on the island of Vulcano (Italian for Volcano, as the whole island is one particular). It was a no-brainer to reserve the lodge for two evenings and head off that weekend with my boyfriend and see what type of glamorous solutions the island experienced to offer you. To get there, we departed by hydrofoil from Reggio Calabria it is feasible to do so immediately from Messina or Milazzo in Sicily, as perfectly. In retrospect, I would not advocate the hydrofoil, it is not really comfy and fairly crowded. Non-public boats can be arranged, as very well as transfers by means of helicopter.
As soon as we arrived on the island, we could immediately scent sulfur in the air and see the black volcanic sand with crystal very clear waters. This island is also regarded for its normal mud baths.
At the port exactly where our hydrofoil docked, we have been generously greeted by the workers of the Therasia Resort Sea and Spa and taken to the residence, exactly where verify-in was a breeze. Our incredible suite had a terrace with a stunning watch of the complete Aeolian archipelago, with the island of Lipari instantly in front of us. This look at was beyond unique, it was mesmerizing and meditative to stare at, and had all the factors to prepare you for a magical remain.
Nicole Bono, right here, was mesmerized by the attractiveness of the Aeolian Islands for the duration of her stay at the Therasia Resort Sea and Spa.
Therasia Resort Sea and Spa was created recently on the latest portion of the island of Vulcano, identified as Vulcanello, which formed immediately after an eruption in the 11th century. It is an complete primary location on a promontory, which is what would make Therasia a just one-of-a-form hotel, a gateway to this magical island landscape. The architecture and style and design of the hotel, with its white-washed tufa walls and standard, yet elevated, décor are reminiscent of the Greek islands, but undoubtedly keep legitimate to Sicilian traditions with standard embellishing things and ceramics through.
Each place at Therasia features a globe-class perspective of Lipari’s ‘faraglioni’ (sea stacks) and the other Aeolian islands. The 1st night time, we headed to the open up-air bar, I Russuri, and loved a sunset aperitivo of Aperol Spritz accompanied by area Sicilian nibbles, this sort of as capers and almonds, with their trademark breathtaking watch as our backdrop. Later on that night, we went for a stroll in the quaint town heart of Vulcano’s port. At night time, the ambiance is extremely cozy, as the working day travellers go away by then, so you can enjoy a stroll along little artisanal boutiques, gelato bars and meals stalls. We stopped at one particular to eat homemade arancine, a typical Sicilian road foodstuff. These deep-fried rice balls are stuffed with different filings. It was well value it! Try out the pistachio filing, you will not be upset.
The up coming working day, just after a private breakfast on our balcony, we headed back down to the port for a private boat tour of Vulcano and nearby Lipari, arranged by Therasia. Their in-household employees can deal with and aid with all your excursions and other requests. The boat experience was an incredible encounter, observing the craggy windswept panoramic islands mounting straight out of crystal-distinct turquoise waters. We had been taken on a tour of the various faraglioni and rock formations, just about every with its very own folklore and history. It was reminiscent of Capri, but much less crowded and extra personal. We then bathed in the magnificent pool of Venus, aptly named for its splendor, a all-natural shallow amphitheater of resplendent emerald drinking water.
We returned to Therasia to have a relaxing afternoon by the pool, which, in my head, is the most breathtaking infinity pool I have viewed to day, simply because you are totally surrounded by the deep Mediterranean blue waters and can gaze endlessly on the faraglioni and Lipari. As a split, we experienced a gentle lunch at their poolside Grusoni Cafe (socially distanced tables), which serves new seasonal fare and has a wooden-fired pizza oven. For the rest of the night, we calm by the pool and even went for a dip in the ocean through the hotel’s steps into the drinking water. The atmosphere is so mesmerizing that you truly come to feel calm down to your soul.
As a massive foodie, I was exceptionally thrilled about our meal reservation at their Michelin-starred Il Cappero Cafe. My suggestion? Go on the previously facet, close to sunset, to proceed to enjoy the breathtaking views as the solar sets instantly between the islands of Filicudi and Alicudi and the sky turns each shade of crimson though you dive into a culinary journey by the tastes and aromas of Sicily and its islands. This meal was certainly the cherry on major of an incredible keep. Each and every dish is an homage to the nearby traditions, with inventive playfulness and stunning new reinterpretations, with equal awareness supplied to the accompanying plates and table settings. Most memorable has to be the eggplant parmesan cannolo — fusing 3 Sicilian common dishes into heavenly bites. The wine pairing permits you to discover unknown vintages of micro-cultivations and varietals from the Aeolian islands and is a have to to spherical out the working experience. Chef Giuseppe Biuso, who is very younger, is undertaking some thing actually commendable at Il Cappero. If we had extra days, we would have tried the similarly avant-garde vegetarian cafe, I Tenerumi, with a tasting menu designed by Chef Biuso that usually takes you on a parallel journey as a result of Sicily’s palate when sitting outside the house less than the stars surrounded by cacti.
As a coda, I want to spotlight that Therasia was extremely attentive to all COVID laws. Social distancing and mask wearing ended up practiced in the course of the home and a couple of their restaurants remained closed to make sure the basic safety of guests. In addition, Therasia had a health care provider on the premises all-around the clock to services any shopper wants and supplied COVID tests for extra peace of head. This was the only lodge through my travels this summer season that available this.
As an advisor, what I can advise you to do is increase the Aeolian Islands to your bucket list. This desired destination is fantastic for a honeymoon, and also for any sort of leisure excursion. Therasia also hosts the most magnificent spot weddings, a person which I hope to strategy in my future for a unique customer. I simply cannot endorse a stay at Therasia on the island of Vulcano more very. It is a one-cease shop for all your requirements, which permits you to indulge in overall peace and get missing in the magical atmosphere. With its selection of panoramic viewpoints, eating solutions and entertainment you will never ever want to leave. The islands are named immediately after Aeolus, the God of Wind. Occur to these enchanting islands and permit by yourself be swept away by Aeolus’s windswept beauty and delight in the encounter of life span.
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