On My Way to Panarea

  • Life
  • March 12, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-03-12 at 9.13.57 AMLately, I have been bitten by the travel bug. I’m sure that bug bite is not helped by the NY Times travel section, Town & Country’s Travel Issue, and Elle Decoration UK’s Travel Report – which of course I spent the weekend scouring from my porch in Charleston. Not surprisingly I have added a new destination to my “must go” list … Panarea.

Screen Shot 2014-03-12 at 9.14.54 AMPanarea is the smallest and the lowest of Italy’s Aeolian Islands. Located south of the mainland and north of Sicily, Panarea is apparently extremely difficult to get to. There are no cars and no airports, and the island can only be accessed by hydrofoil or helicopter. Sign me up.

Screen Shot 2014-03-12 at 9.14.19 AMThe island has no banks and no streetlights, and is covered in olive trees, hibiscus, and bougainvillea (a favorite). People stroll around in caftans and flat sandals, show up at their neighbors houses for long wine filled dinners, and spend their days sunning on the rooftops of their tiny villas. It is one of those islands where there is really only one place to stay … Hotel Raya. 

Screen Shot 2014-03-12 at 9.14.58 AM Screen Shot 2014-03-12 at 9.15.10 AMI’m already packing for a trip like this in my mind. Any takers? 

All photos via Hotel Raya



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  • OMG! I can’t even imagine. How beautiful is this? Now you’ve got me aching for a gorgeous vacation like this. I love learning about new places to travel too and this just made my top 10.

    Thanks for sharing such wonderful photos 🙂

  • Looks Amazing – I am currently searching for my next destination and will need to add this to the list! Also insanely jealous of being able to sit outdoors in Charleston and enjoy so travel reading!