Lipari’s lively and colourful harbour is at the foot of a high cliff, where the old town centre used to be. The island has approx. 11,000 inhabitants and here you can find an assortment of restaurants, cafe's, souvenir shops, boutiques and supermarkets. Once you are here, you can easily hop over to the other islands including Stomboli with its active volcano using the frequent ferry services.
This island has always been the most important of the island group. It houses a museum where you can learn about the history of the islands and which is one of the most interesting in the Mediterranean region. If you visit the archaeological excavation sites between the solid town walls, you can trace the more than 5000 years of civilization that have taken place here.
Lipari offers much more than Lipari town. The island, with its 38 km² and more than nine kilometres in length is the largest of the Aeolian Islands. Here there are beaches, mountains and charming villages. From its centre point of Monte S'Angelo, 594 metres above sea level, there are stunning views of Lipari, the sea and the surrounding islands. Of geological interest is that you can find pumice which is so light that it floats on water, and the beautiful, green, black, crystalline stone obsidian which is used as a gemstone.
Between Canneto and Acquacalda, two bustling ports, and in the direction of Punta Castagna, winds the long, obsidian path, known as Rocche Rosse (the red cliffs). Between the gorges at Pomiciazzo and Lami, a lunar landscape stretches up to Monte Chirica’s extinct crater. Beyond the crater, the gentle slopes of Campobianco lead down to the crystal clear water at Porticello beach. The view from Quattrocchi Heights over the monumental Perciato cliffs and the tall steep rocks that form the foreground for the Volcano’s gaseous, sulphurous steam is simply unsurpassable.
From the port of Lipari town there are buses around the island. See roadmaps here:
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