Travel Diaries

Salina, Italy

Getting to the remote local of Salina requires some patience, but the payoff is well worth it. Characterized by volcanic vistas, olive groves and tranquil sapphire waters, this lush island remains relatively untouched by tourism but is ripe with raw beauty. Beloved by jet-setters in the know, Salina is an Aeolian gem where life moves at a leisurely pace. Whether it’s by basking on a pebbled beach or sipping a Negroni hillside, the island reminds you to put down your phone and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Ready to really get away from it all? Read on for our recommendations on where to eat, sleep and play in Salina, Italy.

Capofaro

Set upon a hilly seaside, Capofaro is understated yet luxe. Whitewashed walls and minimalist décor lend a spirit of rustic glamour to its 27 rooms, each complete with private terraces. The scenic estate features a freshwater pool, peaceful gardens and an airy restaurant, perfect for dining al fresco. Reflect on your languorous day at Capofaro’s panoramic bar, over a glass of the house-made Malvasia wine, watching the sun (and your cares) fade away.

Signum Kitchen

The island’s most authentic restaurant is also one of its best. With three sprawling terraces that offer unparalleled views, the Michelin-starred Signum Kitchen is an unforgettable experience. Seafood is king at this chic eatery, and the menu is worth studying ahead of time. Using only local products that capture the rich aromas of the island, each dish tells a unique story. From pasta with Sea Carbonara to the Sicilian classic of scorfano a ghiotta—a hearty mix of fish, olives, potatoes and spices—you’ll find it difficult to choose.

Island Hop

After hiking Salina’s dormant volcanos, marveling at the beach where Il Postino was filmed and strolling through cobblestone streets, look to the horizon for your next adventure. Hire a boat to take you splashing through the Tyrrhenian Sea towards the archipelago’s six other islands. Visit the Archaeological Museum on the buzzing isle of Lipari, then follow it with a light lunch of fresh caught fish and a dip in the clear turquoise waters. Or stop off on cinematic Stromboli, where you’ll find mules instead of cars, black-sand beaches, and a towering, active volcano—one of only three in Italy.