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Getting There -- Of Salina's two ports, the main one is Santa Marina Salina, which has a marina for yachts. Santa Marina is convenient if you are staying in either Santa Marina or Malfa. Most of the sailings listed below also stop at the tiny port of Rinella, on the south of the island, ideal if you are staying there, or at Leni; for Rinella, expect a very slight modification to journey times and cost.

Getting Around -- There is a taxi stand on the jetty at Santa Marina, and the ferry companies' offices are just beyond, on either side of the church. The bus stop at Santa Marina is outside the Siremar office and the Mercanti di Mare hotel, and services run regularly between Santa Marina, Malfa and Leni. However, to explore the 27-sq.-km (10-sq.-mile) island more thoroughly, and less frustratingly, rent a car or a scooter. At Santa Marina Salina, cars and scooters can be rented at Antonio Bongiorno, Via Risorgimento 240 (tel. 090/9843409; www.noleggiobongiorno.it/index.html); follow the road up from the port to the left. Prices range from 26€ to 30€ a day for a 50cc scooter, and 60€ to 100€ for a car, depending on vehicle size and season. If you need a transfer from the port, Tourist Service, Via Roma 112, Malfa (tel. 090/9844034; www.touristservicesas.it), will pick you up; and they also rent cars and scooters for getting around the island during your stay. At Santa Marina, Nautica Levante (tel. 090-9843083; www.nauticalevante.it) rents boats and organizes guided boat tours of the island. They all rent holiday apartments.

Visitor Information -- The tourist office is on Piazza Santa Marina (tel. 090/9843175).

Fast Facts -- Ferry and hydrofoil tickets are available at the Siremar office on the piazza at the port at Santa Marina (tel. 090/9843004) and at Rinella (tel. 090/9809170). The major pharmacies are in Santa Maria Salina on Via Risorgimento (tel. 090/9643098), in Leni at Via Libertà 7 (tel. 090/9809053), and in Malfa on Via Umberto (tel. 090/9844188). For first aid, call tel. 090/9844005. The Carabinieri (police station) is in Santa Marina on Via Lungomare (tel. 090/9843019). The post office in Santa Marina is on Via Risorgimento (tel. 090/9843402); others are in Malfa (on Via Roma) and in Leni (on Via Libertà). For Internet access, Salina Computer in Santa Marina is at Via Risorgimento 110 (tel. 090/9843444; www.salinacomputer.it) and is open from 11am until late. At Santa Marina, Banca Antonveneta is on the main piazza by the port, next to the Hotel Mercanti di Mare; it has an ATM, as does the Banco di Sicilia, Via Risorgimento 158/160. In Malfa, the Banca Nuova is at Via Provinciale 2/4.

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.