The Aeolian Islands are a great vacation destination or excursion from your main Sicilian vacation. The largest of the islands, called Lipari, in Sicily, is one of the most historically rich and beautiful. The island of Lipari is filled with bustling streets, historic sites and a picturesque harbor. Lipari is the perfect place to take a holiday and relax on one of the most pristine areas in Sicily.
Ferry to Lipari
The easiest way to get to the island is to take the ferry from Milazzo to Lipari in the region of Messina. You will most likely want to book your ticket online if you are traveling during the busy summer months and it is simple as well as cheap. The weather in Lipari will be warm, so the island will be crowded with tourists. Book your ticket on the ferry from Milazzo to Lipari as early as possible.
History of Lipari and top attractions
Lipari is the most historic of the Aeolian island chain. The island has been inhabited since the Bronze Age but the town originated when the Greeks colonized Sicily. The city has changed hands between the Carthaginians, Romans, Saracens and Normans, giving it a diverse cultural background. It also had natural resources like obsidian and pumice, which made it an important port. One landmark that showcases its history is the castle overlooking the harbor, which has foundations dating back to Neolithic times. Also within the walls of the castle are a beautiful Norman cathedral and a great archaeological museum. After wandering around the historic area, you have to check out the beaches of Lipari Papesca and Acquacalda. Papesca is a great beach where you can still see the pumice that used to be mined. Acquacalda is a pristine site on the ocean where you can sunbathe with a view of lava formations.