Palermo, the ideal starting point for exploring the island of Pantelleria, Malta, the Aeolian, Egadi and Pelagian Islands. The Egadi Islands are three islands off the western coast of Sicily, close to Trapani and Marsala. These are not as dramatic as the volcanic Aeolian Islands, nor breathtakingly beautiful and exclusive as Capri. More low-key, but this, along with their accessibility, gives it their own brand of charm. Relax on the picturesque island of Piazza on Favignana with a cheap glass of wine, visit the prehistoric cave paintings on Levanzo, or further away from the hectic world on Marettimo, for a relaxing holiday with swimming and diving in the clear waters around the coast . There is a protected Marine Reserve around the islands, whose coastal waters contain caves, wrecks and rich marine life.