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Getting There -- Ferries and hydrofoils from Milazzo dock at the single jetty port at Filicudi Porto. Filicudi is on the Milazzo, Vulcano, Lipari, Salina, Filicudi, Alicudi route. For Panarea and Stromboli, and the SNAV hydrofoil to and from Naples, it will be necessary to change and spend the night on Salina.

Getting Around -- The island is best explored on foot or by boat; the single tarmac road that snakes between the nine contrade gives a false impression of longer distances when, in fact, you can easily walk between them on the much more direct mulattiere (paths originally intended for mules) that cut through the terraces of the island. From the port to Pecorini, it will take about 20 minutes. If you would like to rent a scooter or a boat, try I Delfini diving club by the port (tel. 090/9889077; www.idelfinifilicudi.it).

Fast Facts -- For ferry and hydrofoil tickets and information, the Siremar window at the port is only open just before sailings (tel. 090/9889975). In a medical emergency, call the guardia medica (tel. 090/9889691). For the Carabinieri (police), call tel. 090/9889942. At the time of writing, there was no pharmacy on the island, a subject of distinct local protest, and no ATM. The island's post office is on Via Pecorini (tel. 090/9889053). Credit cards are accepted at some hotels and restaurants, but for everything else come prepared with cash. The fishermen who give boat trips will not smile upon your Amex, and if you are renting a room privately, cash is the norm.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.