A pleasant tour of the island to see the sights is a must. Perhaps by scooter or bicycle because Lipari is quite large, with a circumference of about 40 km. We climb to its highest peak, Monte Chirica (600 m), an excellent vantage point for viewing the whole archipelago. The island has several settlements: Lipari Centro, Piano Conte, Canneto, Quattropani, Acquacalda and Porticello.
Here’s what we mustn’t miss:
The Chiesa Vecchia in Quattropani. The view from here is fantastic, we can see all the islands except Vulcano.
At sunset it’s at its best: splendid colours, evocative scents and silent thoughts.
The Terme di San Calogero, the village of Canneto ed Acquacalda, for those who like a bit of isolation thePumice and Obsidian Quarries.
An unusual visit is the one to the Castle of Lipari, that houses theBernabò Brea Museum and the archaeological park.
Spectacular millennial history and culture, a collection of amphorae and masks from the Greek theatre and other underwater exhibits testify to the glory and culture of the Greek world on the Aeolian Islands.
There are two natural inlets that serve as landmarks: Marina Lunga and Marina Corta. The historic centre is an irresistible pastime: an infinity of shops and cafés amidst steep climbs and narrow streets offering late-night live music and delicacies. Try the hot doughnuts with ricotta cheese! A lively bustle that reaches as far as Marina Corta, where the fishing boats dock, a small fishing village with a beautiful square and colourful fishing boats. An ideal place, just like city-centre streets, to enjoy a nice mulberry granita with cream and brioche. With the evening lights the atmosphere is truly magic.
Next stops: the Norman Cathedral Basilica, the Benedictine Cloister and the ancient churches of the Immaculate Conception, the Addolorata and the Grazie.
The excursions you can enjoy include Monte Guardia, Monte S.Angelo, Cappero-Semaforo and Pirrera – Forgia Vecchia, one of the island’s extinct volcanoes.
A boat trip with a stop at the faraglioni and Pietra del Bagno will leave you with wonderful memories of this enchanting island.
Lipari is linked to Milazzo, Messina, Reggio Calabria (in summer), Palermo (in summer) and Naples. There are two harbours: Marina Corta for small craft, and Marina Lunga for ships and hydrofoils, furthermore, Pignataro has docking facilities for fishing and pleasure craft.
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