Lipari Aeolian Island, Sicily

Aeolian Islands

Lipari is a popular tourist spot, which is among the largest of the Aeolian Islands in Italy found along the north coast of Sicily. It is considered to be the main center of transportation and can be reached through the ferry from Milazzo, which is the nearest ferry port close to Sicily. The Aeolian islands are renowned among rich Italians including fashion models and business tycoons who come to this place on a vacation during the summertime. There are also many people who come from different European countries such as Germany and Austria to relax and enjoy amidst the calm surroundings.

The best time to visit Lipari can be during May and September as there is less rainfall around this time and the temperature is around 27 degrees Celsius. Winters are usually mild and rainy seasons begins from November and remains until March. Generally, this place experiences a Mediterranean climate and summers are usually dry with some respite due to the breeze.


Getting to Lipari

The best way of accessing Lipari is by using a boat or through ferry services that operate around Sicily. There are also other transportation services such as bus that operate to this island including scooters available for hire. Hydrofoils can be faster as compared to the ferries and offer more comfort.


Beaches on Lipari

Lipari is known for some of its beautiful beaches and the best way to have a panoramic view of this island is to take a tour using any vehicle such as a car, bicycle or a scooter. Canneto, Papesca, Acquacalda and Porticello are some of the best beaches, which you can explore around Lipari. Along the north coast of Lipari, one may be able to catch a glimpse of pumice and obsidian cave. You may be able to observe the landing bridge meant for carrying the extracted minerals across the ships. Papesca is a lovely beach where still the remains of the mining can be found along with the presence of pumice. Spiaggia Bianca is a white beach lying towards the north of Canneto where you can find the lovely turquoise sea. As you go towards Acquacalda, you can find Rocche Rosse and see the lava formations in different shapes and sizes.


Attractions on Lipari

Museo Archeological Eoliano

In this museum, you can find a beautiful collection of Lipartite urns along with galleries comprising of potteries from the Greek and Sicilian times found during the 4th and 5th century B.C and some great treasures from the underwater world. You can also see the volcanic and geological wonders providing a brief of natural history of this vast island.

Museo della Marineria e delle Tradizioni Eoliane

Here you can come across some of the old fishing instruments along with a history of the Eolian culture. There are guides available here who can provide tours of this place along with a detailed explanation of the history of this island to cater to both the English and Italian speaking crowds.

Chiesa di San Bartolomeo

During the 12th century, this place was constructed but it was destroyed by the Turks in the year 1544. However, a new version of this structure was created in its place with blue hues and covered by murals on the ceiling wall. You can come across Greek, Roman, and Stone Age ruins surrounding this structure. One of the main highlights of this park is the ancient theater designed in Greek style where programs are held regularly. You can contact the tourist office to know the prices and the programs here.


Cathedral of San Bartolomeo

This Cathedral was built in 1080 by the Norman King Ruggero II in honor of the saint of this island and was reconstructed many times. You can see the lovely Norman cloister here along with the silver statue of San Bartolomeo as well.

Harbor Vistas

You can take an exclusive tour of the island offered by many tour operators and agencies, where you can take an excursion to other islands around Lipari. This is the best way to catch a glimpse of the places located around the fascinating island of Lipari.


Other activities in Lipari

During the summers, diving and snorkeling are the popular activities found along this island of Lipari. At the Faraglioni, one can find crystal clear waters, which is ideal for swimming activities. However, one has to be wary about the strong currents in the water.  Trekking can also be a wonderful experience here during the winter and the spring time. You can enjoy trekking from Quattropani to Acquacalda across the north side across the Lipari region. Besides, the lovely view of the Salina and the north Aeolian island can also be seen on such walks.


Stay and Accommodation

There are plenty of options for living and accommodation available in Lipari ranging from the luxury villas to the old style Aeolian villas that can be found here. Besides, there are lot of rental options available here at reasonable rates during the off season. You can also come across good hotels for enjoying a comfortable stay in Lipari. If you prefer to stay in some of the villas, then it is necessary to choose rooms with AC especially, if you are visiting during the summers as the walls can get terribly hot here.


Eating out in Lipari

You can find many good restaurants and eating places in Lipari where local traditional cuisine is served to the guests. Most of the dishes are prepared here using an assortment of herbs and spices such as oregano, mint, basil, capers among others and seafood is a specialty here especially, swordfish is most common among the menu items in Lipari. Besides, you will also across restaurants that serve a variety of international cuisine to cater to the taste buds of different travelers.

There are plenty of vehicles available here on rent, where one can have a pleasant time and enjoy the experience of visiting the quarries, towns, beaches and other picturesque locations found here.

By Irene Tischenko

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