Capo d’Orlando – The volcanic path


Capo d’Orlando in southern Italy is a “sailing path” leading to the volcanic Aeolian islands and the captivating coastline of Sicily. You can easily find our base at the marina of Capo d’Orlando.

The history of Sicily is rich and varied, it consists mostly of successive waves of invaders (the Greeks that founded Syracuse in 734 BC, the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians, the Romans, the Arabs, the Normans, and the Spaniards) occupying the island and leaving cultural influences which have blended in often fascinating ways, such as the unique Arabic-Norman architecture of the Middle Ages.

 Sicily is well known for its unique natural beauty, Etna’s volcano, and its very imposing coasts, islands, and islets. Palermo is the capital of the Italian island of Sicily. The 12th-century Palermo Cathedral houses royal tombs, while the huge neoclassical Teatro Massimo is known for opera performances. Also in the center are the Palazzo dei Normanni, a royal palace started in the 9th century, and the Cappella Palatina, with Byzantine mosaics. Busy markets include the central Ballarò street market and the Vucciria, near the port.

Alicudi, Filicudi, Lipari, Panarea, Salina, Stromboli, and Vulcano will be in front of you, after a few nautical miles.

As soon as you will have hoisted your main sail up and opened your genoa, you will be able to sight the red and black rocks with the green Indian figs of Alicudi, the bushes of brooms, and the so-called “Cave of the Marine-Ox of Filicudi, the typical fumes of sulfur of Vulcano, the wild promontories of Salina and the white beaches of Lipari; sailing a little bit more, then, you will see the so-called “Faraglioni” and the typical low-houses of Panarea and the infernal spectacle of the slopes of Stromboli standing out in front of you.

On the contrary, if you will decide to sail along the coast, going on the east side, you can penetrate into the numerous bays of incomparable beauty that you find between Capo d’Orlando and Messina, having a look from the sea to the stately Sanctuary of the Madonna of Tindari. You can moor in the near harbors of Capo d’Orlando, Porto Rosa, Milazzo or Messina, or you can continue further than the strait of Messina to visit the wonderful Taormina or to organize an unforgettable trip on the Etna, the highest volcano in Europe. Still, you can also decide to direct your boat straight to the Tyrrhenian coasts of South Calabria.

Our second base in Sicily is located in Marsala, a picturesque town, founded by the Carthaginians but took the name from the Arabs (Marsal-Allah, harbor of God), well known for the popular wine.

Marsala, it’s a pleasant relaxed place from where you can sail North West for visiting a range of 25 miles of the Egadi Islands which are three principal islands, Favignana, Marettimo, and Levanzo, or sail South for visiting Pantelleria, an island of volcanic origin, and the barren rocky island of Lampedusa that has recently become popular for the good underwater fishing around the coast.

Marsala is also ideal as a starting point to Malta (120 miles) and Tunisia. You may also start your sailing journey from Capo d’Orlando where our 3rd base is located.

  Suggested 7 days itineraries from Sicily                                                                         

Departure : Base of PALERMO

Total distance : 195 nautical miles approximately

 1st  day: Embarkation 17:00

2nd day:  Palermo – Cefalù (33 n.m.)

3rd  day:  Cefalù – Vulcano (50 n.m.)

4th  day:Vulcano – Lipari – Panarea(16 n.m.)

5th  day:Panarea – Salina (12 n.m.)

6th  day:Salina – Filicudi (15 n.m.)

7th  day:Filicudi – Palermo (62 n.m)

8th  day:Disembarkation 09:00

Departure : Base of CAPO D’ORLANDO

Total distance : 102 nautical miles approximately

 1st  day:  Embarkation 17:00

2nd day:  Capo D’Orlando – Vulcano19 n.m.)

3rd  day:Vulcano – Panarea15 n.m.)

4th  day:Panarea – Stromboli13 n.m.)

5th  day:  Stromboli – Salina (24 n.m.)

6th  day:Salina – Lipari9 n.m.)

7th  day:  Lipari – Capo D’Orlando (22 n.m.)

8th  day:  Disembarkation 09:00


 Suggested 14 days itineraries from Sicily

Departure : Base of PALERMO

Total distance : 238 nautical miles approximately

   1st day:  Embarkation 17:00

 2nd day:  Palermo – Cefalù (32 n.m.)

  3rd day:  Cefalù – Vulcano (50 n.m.)

  4th day:  Vulcano – Panarea (15 n.m.)

  5th day:  Panarea (visit of Island)

  6th day:  Panarea – Stromboli (13 n.m.)

  7th day:  Stromboli – Lipari (25 n.m.)

 8th day:  Lipari – Salina  (9 n.m.)

  9th day:  Salina (visit of Island)

10th day:  Salina – Filicudi (15 n.m.)

11th  day:  Filicudi – Alicudi (13 n.m.)

12th day:  Alicudi– Cefalù  (34 n.m)

13th day:  Cefalù (visit of Town)

14th day:  Cefalù – Palermo  (32 n.m.)

15th day:  Disembarkation 09:00


Departure : Base of CAPO D’ORLANDO

Total distance : 275 nautical miles approximately

   1st day:  Embarkation 17:00

 2nd day:  Capo D’Orlando – Vulcano  (19 n.m.)

  3rd day:  Vulcano -Alicudi (29 n.m.)

  4th day:  Alicudi – Filicudi (13 n.m.)

 5th day: Filicudi – Salina (15 n.m.)

  6th day:  Salina – Stromboli (24 n.m.)

  7th day:  Stromboli – Panarea (13 n.m.)

  8th day:  Panarea (visit of Island)

  9th day:  Panarea – Lipari (12 n.m.)

10th day:  Lipari (visit of Island)

11th  day:  Lipari – Giardini Naxos  (68 n.m.)

12th day:  Taormina (visit of Town)

13th day:  Giardini Naxos – Milazzo (54 n.m.)

14th day:  Milazzo – Capo D’Orlando (28 n.m.)

15th day:  Disembarkation 09:00

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