Island of Lipari: A millennial History.
Why choose the island of Lipari among all the islands of the Aeolian archipelago?
The island of Lipari is the largest of the Aeolian archipelago. Lipari is also the most popular and accessible of all the Aeolian Islands. For visitors it is a relaxing and almost exotic place but compared to the rest of the other islands of the archipelago it could almost seem like a big city!
Lipari is known for the white of the pumice, the black of the obsidian, the turquoise of its sea. In between all the other colors of the streets, houses, and boats. Lipari is an island that offers a lot and is the perfect place to start the discovery of the Aeolian archipelago.
The history, culture, and traditions make Lipari a complete island and perfect for a holiday. Surrounded by a blue and uncontaminated sea, it has always been at the center of ancient history and of the trade routes of the great civilizations of the past. Do not miss the Archaeological Museum of Lipari, where there are unique finds from the ancient past of the Aeolian Islands and the great Greek civilization.
What to see
Aeolian Archaeological Museum
The Aeolian Archaeological Museum is the testimony of the Greek Aeolian period. Most of the objects in the museum come from underwater excavations. The museum also offers its visitors the opportunity to learn about the geological history of Lipari linked to volcanic activity and lava formations.
The Maritime Museum and the Aeolian Traditions where fishing tools have always been used by the fishermen of the Aeolian Islands.
Church of Saint Bartholomew
The Church of Saint Bartholomew was built in 1080 by the Norman king Roger II in honor of the patron saint of the island. After the destruction by the Turks in 1544, a new structure was created in its place, with shades of blue and covered with frescoes on the ceiling walls. All around the building, there are Greek, Roman, and Stone Age ruins.
The Castle of Lipari can be easily reached on foot through a staircase that leads from the port to Piazza Mazzini, the ancient entrance to the citadel. In the past, the castle represented the entire town of Lipari. Its thick walls were considerably fortified during the Spanish age, but blocks of the Greek age can still be recognized among them. The castle was then abandoned in the Bourbon era and used as a place of exile and prison.
Lipari Marina Corta
The port of Lipari Marina Corta from which tours depart for visiting the Aeolian Islands: Vulcano, Lipari, Salina, Panarea, Stromboli, Filicudi e Alicudi.
What to do
Snorkling and Diving
There are numerous tourist proposals to visit the island of Lipari: diving and snorkeling are very popular activities in Lipari. Swim in the middle of the Faraglioni where you can find crystal clear waters.
Trekking is a wonderful experience, especially during the winter and spring. The route from Quattropani to Acquacalda, through the north side of the island of Lipari, is beautiful. This walk offers extraordinary panoramic views.
The Beaches and the Sea of Lipari
Each day will be marked by the sea which is the main element of the island. The White Beach, near Canneto, is the most famous on the island. Here a path leads after a short walk directly to the sea. The color of the sea at this point is stunning, an intense and clear turquoise thanks to the pumice deposits on the seabed that contrast with the colors of the sky and the clarity of the sea.
Cannetto, a small town about 3 km from the center of Lipari, offers a long and quiet beach, a favorite destination for locals and visitors to the island.
Porticello Beach is a pebble bay on the northern coast of the island.
The Campobianco Beach, so-called for its whiteness, has one of the most beautiful backdrops in the entire archipelago.
The circumnavigation of the island of Lipari to discover all the coves that hide under the rocky ridges and admire the Aeolian Islands from a privileged point of view. A dip in the sea in the middle of the Faraglioni of Lipari to see the majestic Great Crater of Vulcano from the water.
Lipari is famous for its scenic beauty and for its sunsets over the sea. To get to know the liveliest part of this island, it is worth taking a walk in the historic center around Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Via Garibaldi, the latter intersected by charming narrow alleys, up to Marina Corta, the beating heart of the summer of Lipari. By land, the best way to get around the island is on two wheels that allow you to reach the lesser-known and more fascinating corners of this paradise.
The Cuisine of Lipari is full of excellent restaurants and trattorias where traditional Aeolian cuisine is served. Most of the dishes are prepared using herbs and spices such as oregano, mint, basil, and capers. Fish is the most common ingredient in Eolian cuisine.
In summer Lipari is anything but boring. There are many clubs and discos located in charming locations on the island. The outdoor bars offer breathtaking views, where tourists dance a few steps from the sea and enjoy the pleasant sensation of the sea breeze.
How to get
The island of Lipari is very well connected with Milazzo and Catania airport.
The largest number of trips and excursions to the island of Lipari from Sicily depart from the port of Milazzo. It is possible to reach Lipari both with ferries from the Siremar and NGI company and with faster means of Liberty Lines. For a more active holiday, the Excursions to the island of Lipari from Milazzo are not to be missed.
It is also possible to reach the island of Lipari from Taormina and Cefalù with daily excursions. Visit SiciliaEscursioni.com.