Lipari Italy is the biggest and most populated of the Aeolian Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Located just nineteen miles from Sicily coast, the main town bears the name of the island. The population is approximately ten thousand, but in the busy tourist season, it can rise to upwards of twenty thousand. Lipari is considered a volcanic archipelago and lies between Mount Etna and Mount Vesuvius. Monte Chirica stands as the islands highest point at 1975 feet. The volcanic ancestry of this archipelago is fascinating. Although the most recent eruption was over fourteen hundred years ago, there is still evidence of the island's roots in the fumaroles and thermal springs. In fact, the extraction of pumice, which is a volcanic rock is one of the local industries.
The main town of Lipari is large enough to accommodate tourists but still maintains that relaxed, warm and friendly small-town ambiance. There are a variety of options for accommodations as well as an excellent selection of restaurants, shops, and even a supermarket. There are two harbors in Lipari. The Marina Lunga is where the large ferries dock and Marina Corta is situated south of the citadel. This quaint historical harbor boasts brilliant fishing boats in various hues and is well worth a visit.
If you love museums, Lipari has a fascinating one located right here on the island. Lipari’s archaeological museum is a treasure trove of ancient artifacts and stunning displays. Browse their collection of ancient amphora jars which were discovered in nearby shipwrecks. Moreover, take in the unparalleled collection of Greek masks. This museum covers the history of the Aeolian Islands as far back as the prehistoric and right up until classical times. Volcanology, paleontology and marine history are also highlighted in this unique institution.
Another must-see landmark in Lipari is the Castello which once represented the center of the town. Other landmarks include the Cathedral of San Bartolomeo, a collection of ancient Greek ruins as well as a picturesque viewpoint to take memorable photos.
If the great outdoors is on your wish list, Lipari has lots of options for that as well. Quattrocchi Viewpoint or “Four Eyes” is a quick bus or taxi ride just outside the city. This famous vantage point offers unrivaled coastal views. This south facing spot boasts scenes of cliffs cutting into the crystal blue waters and visions of its closest island neighbor Vulcano. You can embark on a path from here that will take you on a fifteen-minute journey to Valle I Muria. This pebble beach is perfect for swimming, sunbathing or taking in a local drink at the cave bar.
Lipari is a beautiful breathtaking island and a perfect escape for a weekend or a week. Book a trip today and see for yourself!