The Isole Eolie as they are called in Italian are a volcanic archipelago located off of the northern coast of Sicily in the Tyrrhenian Sea. They have been inhabited for 6,000 years, and provide a dense collection of natural and cultural history, as well as an abundance of fresh food and outdoor activities.
Fertile land, fresh food, and simple cooking are what have made this region the epitome of the mediterranean diet. Land-based produce can be enjoyed in rural agri-tourism retreats, while the freshest local catch is waiting for you just about anywhere interspersed in the sprawling beaches and coastline. But don't fret, fried specialties such as panzerotti (folded and fried pizza) or pasticciotto (the best custard filled donut ever?!) will balance out your nearly too-healthy diet...after all, this is a vacation!
This quaint town situated in the Basilicata region whose names means "the Pearl of the Tyrrhenian," offers pristine coastlines and mountain adventures, great for the outdoorsy visitor. As a tiny pearl of a town, Maratea is also known ironically for its larger-than-life Christ statue and for its 44 old churches waiting to be explored by the history junkie.