A pleasant tour of the island to see the sights is a must. Perhaps by scooter or bicycle because Lipari, having a circumference of about 40 km, is the largest island of the Aeolian archipelago.

Besides the charm of the small villages like Piano Conte, Canneto, Quattropani, Acquacalda and Porticello, the island is rich of wonderful landscapes and wild beaches.

Lipari, with its Bernabò Brea Museum and Archaeological Park, is a real gem in terms of artistic and cultural value.

Here’s what we mustn’t miss:

The Chiesa Vecchia in Quattropani. From here you can enjoy a breathtaking over Salina and the more distant isles of Panarea, Stromboli, Filicudi and Alicudi. At sunset, colors and scents fill the air and enchant you.

We climb to its highest peak, Monte Chirica (600 m), an excellent vantage point for viewing the whole archipelago.

From the Terme di San Calogero, let’s cross the village of Canneto up to Acquacalda and the Pumice and Obsidian Quarries to enjoy a bit of quiet isolation.

An unusual visit is the one to the Castle of Lipari, that houses the Bernabò 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 PirreraForgia Vecchia where, about 1,400 years ago, the last eruptive event in Lipari took place.

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 connected all year round to Milazzo, Messinaand Naples and in summertime to Palermo and Reggio Calabria.  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.

If sailing is your passion, here at Sicilia a Vela you can find inspiration for your next trip!

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