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Getting There -- If you're planning a day trip to Alicudi, you can organize a private boat trip from the island where you are staying. Alternatively, start early and, in high season, you can generally fit in a visit with the scheduled sailings. The usual Aeolian caveat applies, however: The best laid plans are at the mercy of the wind and the waves. Alicudi is on the Milazzo, Vulcano, Lipari, Salina, Filicudi route (Siremar; www.siremar.it; tel. 090/9889795).

Getting Around -- Ferries and hydrofoils arrive at the pier in sleepy Alicudi Porto. From there the only hotel is a short walk down the only stretch of tarmac (which leads to the island's emergency helipad). To rent a boat, or take a trip, simply negotiate with the fishermen at the port.

Fast Facts -- The island's only two small grocery stores, the Bar Airone, and the post office are in tiny Alicudi Porto. In a medical emergency, call tel. 090/9889913. The post office at the port (tel. 090/9889911) is open Monday through Saturday 8:30am to 1pm. There is no bank or ATM on the island.

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.