What to do in Lipari?
Lipari is the nervous system of the Aeolian Islands in the Region of Sicily. It is the largest in size and in number of inhabitants, with about 13,000 people, and serves as a starting point to the other islands. Lipari is charming, attractive and today we are going to know everything about this little Sicilian jewel. Let’s get to our post of the day! What to do in Lipari? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams !!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
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Lipari, in addition to being the largest of the Aeolian Islands, is also the island with the most variety of attractions, accommodation options, bars, shops and restaurants. The best way to discover this Sicilian jewel is by renting a car or a small scooter , although taking beautiful walks offers incredible views. Find out more about the Aeolian Islands by clicking right here! How about a Tour in Lipari and Vulcano with an Aeolian Mini Cruise from Taormina? Click here to learn more!
1) Discover Lipari, the queen of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily! VISIT MARINA CORTA
We will start the tour at the entrance door of the island, Marina Corta. Here is the port of Lipari, which receives boats coming from several nearby places. The urban area of the island is behind the island and is where there are several attractions such as bars, clubs and churches with incredible views of the sea. A must see, of course, is its Main Square and the small alleys that seem to dance vibrantly with the steps of the people.
2) Discover Lipari, the queen of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily! VISIT THE CHURCH OF SAN GIUSEPPE
Be sure to visit the Church of San Giuseppe. The structure dates back to the year 600, has a direct view of the beach and is a must for architecture lovers. The Church was built above the crypt where the relics of St. Bartholomew, who is the patron saint of the Aeolian Islands, were.
3) Discover Lipari, the queen of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily! VISIT CANNETO BEACH
Another important point of Lipari is Canneto Beach. The breeze, the sun and the sea with crystal-clear waters, make this beach one of the most beautiful on the entire island. The place is surrounded by bars and nightspots, which makes the area ideal for walks, aperitifs and dinners; everything, of course, without haste. At the edge of the sea, the sand is dark and combines with small stones, which gives a fascinating touch to the place.
4) Discover Lipari, the queen of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily! VISIT THE SAN BARTOLOMEO CATHEDRAL
The Cathedral of San Bartolomeo, for the island, is the most important and representative construction. It was built in the 16th century and is located in the city center. The decoration, full of frescoes and florals, is rich in details and impressive.
5) Discover Lipari, the queen of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily! VISIT THE NORMAN CLOISTER
Be sure to visit the Norman Cloister . It is one of the oldest structures on the island of Lipari, and it has bravely resisted the passage of time and the most different peoples that inhabited it. The cloister was restored in 1978, it is said to have been built at the request of King Roger II and was part of St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral.
6) Discover Lipari, the queen of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily! VISIT THE CHURCH OF MADONNA DELLA CATENA
Taking off to Quattropiani, we find the Church of Madonna della Catena. Very well located, it immerses us in an environment of peace and tranquility, where silence seems to massage our souls. Ideal for moments of prayers, thoughts and reflections, where you will find yourself in a unique way. Besides, the view from the top is to leave anyone jaw-dropping!
7) Discover Lipari, the queen of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily! VISIT THE QUATTROCCHI BELVEDERE
The Quattrocchi Belvedere is also unmissable . It is at the top of a hill and, due to its great location, it has one of the most beautiful views of all the Aeolian Islands. From there it is possible to see the stone piles of Menalda and Pietralunga, the Muria Valley and have a magnificent view of Vulcano.
8) Discover Lipari, the queen of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily! VISIT THE BATHS OF SAN CALOGERO
Also pass by the Baths of San Calogero. Unfortunately, they are not active, but the excavations present there are a beautiful account of the Greco-Roman civilizations. There are blocks of lava that are presented in a kind of masterly overlapping dome.
9) Discover Lipari, the queen of the Aeolian Islands in Sicily! VISIT THE CONTRADA CAOLINO MINE
Last, but not least, go to the Contrada Caolino Mine . Its white, clayey rocks were used to make beautiful porcelain. Although today it looks like an abandoned mine, its real beauty is completely in the game of reflections and colors that contrast with the unique blue of the water.
Learn a little about the history of Lipari
It is said that the city of Lipari was built before the Trojan War . Mythology tells that Ulysses, on his return trip to his beloved Ithaca, landed the Island and stayed at the court of the God of Wind, Aeolus. The island was populated by the peoples of Rome, Sicily, Greece, Campania and others from neighboring areas.
The first records of humans in the Aeolian Islands date back to the fifth millennium BC. People would have been attracted by the huge amount of glassy volcanic rocks, which were black and shiny. They settled on the island, and so the island had great commercial power. For a period, Lipari was a commercial center and, in addition, it exported tools and rocks to France, Dalmatia and other places in Italy itself. The peak of trade was recorded in the Upper Neolithic period. Thus, Lipari became one of the most populous settlements in the Mediterranean.
With the Bronze Age, new ethnic groups arrived in Lipari and in all the Aeolian Islands, certainly bringing a new and precious cultural and artisanal breath to the entire region. Throughout history, the economic awakening and commercial exchange activities have favored contacts with new peoples and a marked expansion. In fact, the Aeolian Islands owe their name to the Greeks: the Greek-Mycenaean peoples of the wind line baptized the island because of the King Aeolus, the lord of the winds, even mentioned in Homer’s great opera, the Odyssey.
Homer described the god Aeolus as a just and hospitable king who gave the hero a bottle of wind to facilitate his return to Ithaca. The peoples who disembarked in the Aeolian Islands, in an attempt to defend themselves against the offensives of the Phoenician and Etruscan pirates, formed a powerful fleet capable of defeating and plundering their enemies. For about a century, the island’s relations with Syracuse created a solid political condition that ended with the defeat of the Romans in the first Punic war.
The Roman Attacks
In 264 BC, Lipari was allied to the Carthaginians and underwent repeated attacks by the Roman fleet. This episode already seemed to trace the destiny of the island of Lipari: to be subjugated by the Romans, in 252 BC, by consul Caio Aurelio. During the civil war, Lipari was conquered between 37 and 36 BC and passed from Octavian to Sextus Pompey. The history of the Roman period is not well documented, but it is known that Emperor Caracalla, after killing his father-in-law, arrested his wife and brother-in-law in Lipari.
The island also became a refuge for Etruscans who were fleeing persecution. Parallel to the enormous difficulties caused by the eruptions, Lipari had to face the Arab invasions that, in 839 BC, devastated the island, forcing the population to ‘survive’ in slavery. After the long and obscure period caused by Arab and Byzantine domination, Lipari experienced a golden period thanks to Norman domination, which fortified the castle and strengthened security, in addition to having returned to the Christian faith with the founding of a monastery in 1803. Lipari is really a gem!
Where to eat in Lipari?
See now suggestions for where to eat on Lipari Island.
- Notes: delicious sandwiches and a fantastic wine list! Not to mention the friendly service and great location.
- Where is it: Via Giuseppe Garibaldi 22/24 – Lipari.
- Opening hours: every day, from 9:00 am to 0:00 am.
- Notes: great portions, great variety of dishes and great sweets! Spectacular service, friendly and pleasant atmosphere.
- Where is it: Via Stradale Pianoconte, 98055 – Lipari.
- Hours: from Tuesday to Thursday, from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
How to get to Lipari?
To reach Lipari by train, you can take direct trains from Rome, Naples, Milan, Turin, Palermo, Venice or Messina to Milazzo. From here, it is necessary to take a boat, operated by the Liberty Company, and proceed to Lipari.
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