SALINA, THE GREEN
Our next stop was Salina, the green island. It's the biggest and most developed of the islands. We stayed at Hotel Signum and loved it. It was exactly the kind of romantic Mediterranean hotel we wanted for our honeymoon: a cluster of old farmhouses turned into a quaint, perfectly decorated inn. The owners, Clara and Michele Rametta, are always around. Clara helps you plan excursions and Michele cooks fantastic local fare. It's expensive but worth it. If you get tired of fancy food, walk a few blocks to a great pizzeria and eat a take-out pie on your terrace.
The sprawling grounds of Signum are filled with lemon trees, grape bushes, and a big freshwater infinity pool. The hotel has an awesome spa with a steam room, pools of volcanic mineral water, a Jacuzzi, a bar, and lots of cool treatments. It's stunning to watch the moon rise from behind the hills while sitting in those pools.
The beach is about a ten-minute walk from the hotel. Like most beaches on the islands, it's rocky — hard to sit on without a chair. Flip-flops are useful to get close to the water. A better plan is to rent a boat and check out the seaside village of Pollara, where scenes from Il Postino were filmed.
Another mediocre, rocky beach is at Lingua, which has a very touristy restaurant, Da Alfredo, that's famous for its homemade granitas.
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