Lipari is the largest and also the most visited of the Aeolian Islands north of Sicily. Here ferries dock to reach all the islands.
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The largest and most visited of the Aeolian Islands is Lipari, whose capital of the same name is located in the southeast of the island. The larger ferries dock here at Marina Lunga, while the small port of Marina Corta is reserved for picturesque fishing boats. The place in front of the former Aliscafi harbour is a huge open air bar. This is where the locals meet.
Impressively enthroned between the two harbours is the castle hill with its mighty fortress that has been continuously extended and redesigned since the 9th century. Thus, occupying forces like Arabs, Normans, Swabians, Aragonese and Spaniards have left their traces. The present appearance of the fortress dates back to the 16th century. Inside the ring of the castle walls are also the Cathedral of San Bartolomeo and most of the Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico Eoliano).
In ancient and prehistoric times, the Aeolian Islands were a hub of Mediterranean trade. The rich finds from this period, such as stone tools, ceramics and grave goods, are exhibited in the palaces of the Acropolis. There is also a section on volcanology.
Lipari is not only a paradise for walkers, but also invites you to take a boat trip around the island to breathtaking bays, such as that of Fico, the beaches of Vinci, Valle Muria, Punta della Castagna and Capo Rosso.
The Belvedere near Quattropiani is an excellent vantage point if you want to see the wonderful view of the neighbouring island Vulcano and, in clear weather, the smoke column of Mount Etna.
Bathing pleasure can be enjoyed at the Spiaggia Bianca north of Cannetto, which despite its name is not really white, but rather dark grey due to its volcanic origin.