We're just back from the Aeolian Islands. September was great as things were getting quieter.
and Vulcano offer the best anchorages
. Only go to Stromboli when you know the weather
will be kind overnight.
Scilla near the Messina Straights was a pleasant surprise, although I could see you may not get a decent anchorage in high season.
Capo di Vaticano great for a lunch stop.
Beware the harbour in Tropea when the cafe gets converted to a night club. Only a few metres from the boats.The boats shook to the base until 4 am. I'd rather have been rocking on an anchor