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Lipari

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The Aeolian Islands make up the most famous and popular Sicilian archipelago in all of Italy.

Located about 20 km from the coast, the Aeolian Islands number seven major islands of volcanic origin including Lipari, the largest and most lively. The upper part of the island has kept its ancient aspect, an impregnable promontory of great strategic value; while the lower part is full of hotels, bistros and major shops. The main road is Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Only for pedestrians, it connects Lipari's two ports, located at opposite ends of the city. Thanks to the mild climate all year-round and the extremely rich collection of things to do and see, organising your holiday in Lipari will be a piece of cake!

On the island of Lipari there are various seaside destinations that are so unique they are a must-see, with a crystalline sea that attracts thousands of tourists from every corner of the world. Canneto is a small town about 3 km from Lipari town, with a long, fine white sandy beach; Bianca Beach, with its unmistakable pebbles, is decidedly more reserved.

The Castle of Lipari can be reached by foot from the Meligunis staircase that starts at the port and leads to Piazza Mazzini, the ancient entrance to the citadel. Lipari's cathedral is located inside the city walls and has a Norman structure, to which some changes were made from the XVI century onward. Dedicated to St. Bartholomew, the building has a precious Baroque interior with numerous frescoes on the walls and paintings depicting scenes from the Old Testament.

The Contrada Diana Archaeological Park stands in the exact spot where there used to be a prehistoric village from the Neolithic period, which became the necropolis of the city during the Greek and Roman eras. The numerous relics that have turned up in this area today are exhibited at the Aeolian Museum, while Greek walls and other ruins from the ancient era can still be seen in the park. The Aeolian Archaeological Museum, also inside Lipari's old walls, houses findings that have been brought to light by excavations in the ancient part of the city. Organised in several halls and buildings, the museum is—both in terms of the number and state of preservation of the relics—one of the most important in all of Sicily. The top floor of the ancient Benedictine monastery, which later became the bishop's palace, is the section that houses the archaeological remains from prehistoric times. Many are the carved pieces of obsidian, in addition to various exemplars of finely decorated vases.

You will experience the island of Lipari in all its splendour at night when it unveils its glamour, seducing the tourists who want to have some fun and enjoy the nightlife. Lipari entertains with concerts, theatre festivals, folk events and food and wine village festival, depending on the season. In the centre of Lipari, Corso Vittorio Emanuele starts filling with young people that have their first aperitifs before the sun has even gone down. Eating outside is a great idea, considering the quality of the bistros. The most popular dishes are naturally made with fish, strictly the fresh fish of the day. For those who have music in their blood or simply want to dance until dawn, there is no lack of clubs and discotheques just around the corner from the beach. What are you waiting for? Check out our holiday packages to Lipari and get ready for an unforgettable experience!

Where to stay in Lipari

Hotel Villa Augustus
Hotel Villa Augustus
3 out of 5
Vico Ausonia 16, Lipari, ME
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £42 per night from 2 Sep to 2 Sep
Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Contrada Diana Archaeological Park, Marina Lunga, and Regional Aeolian Archaeological ...
4/5Very Good! (78 reviews)
Not worth it.
"The place definetely does not reflect the pictures. The time has stopped for it approximetely 20 years after opening. The room, that we have purchased was right next to the street, where fan wouldn't make it any cooler and the aircon wouldn't work. In order to get some air, we would need to open ..."

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2020

Hotel Villa Augustus
Hotel Cutimare - Aeolian Charme
Hotel Cutimare - Aeolian Charme
4 out of 5
Via Mazzini, Acquacalda, Lipari, ME
The price is £102 per night from 1 Sep to 1 Sep
Offering direct access to the beach, this Lipari hotel is on the boardwalk and within 2 mi (3 km) of Pilato Mountain, Havana Beach and Cave di Pomice. Bianca ...
4.4/5Excellent! (79 reviews)
"Nice hotel and very nice staff"

Reviewed on 8 Aug 2019

Hotel Cutimare - Aeolian Charme
Lo Nardo Accommodation
Lo Nardo Accommodation
VICO ULISSE 32, Lipari
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Regional Aeolian Archaeological Museum L. Bernabò Brea and Lipari Castle. Bianca ...
5/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Best view terrace and very helpful staff!
"Wonderful stay! Very helpful staff who even washed and hung our clothes up and took time to explain a hike to us which was amazing with many spectacular views. The accommodation had a great terrace with more fantastic views. The price was reasonable and location was very near everything."

Reviewed on 6 Oct 2019

Lo Nardo Accommodation
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Lo Nardo Accommodation
Lo Nardo Accommodation
VICO ULISSE 32, Lipari
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Regional Aeolian Archaeological Museum L. Bernabò Brea and Lipari Castle. Bianca ...
5/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Best view terrace and very helpful staff!
"Wonderful stay! Very helpful staff who even washed and hung our clothes up and took time to explain a hike to us which was amazing with many spectacular views. The accommodation had a great terrace with more fantastic views. The price was reasonable and location was very near everything."

Reviewed on 6 Oct 2019

Lo Nardo Accommodation
Residence La Giara
Residence La Giara
4 out of 5
Via Commendatore Bartolo Zagami, Lipari, ME
Situated near the beach, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Marina Lunga and Contrada Diana Archaeological Park. Regional Aeolian Archaeological Museum ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (106 reviews)
4 out of 5
"Delightful staff,decent breakfast and comfortable room."

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2020

Residence La Giara
Residence NerOssidiana
Residence NerOssidiana
Via Mazzini S.N., Lipari, ME
Located in Lipari, this beachfront apartment building is on the boardwalk and within 3 mi (5 km) of Pilato Mountain, Havana Beach and Cave di Pomice. Quattropani ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (19 reviews)
Spacious apartment-style hotel on northern Lipari
"This is the perfect location in Lipari to have an ocean view and get away from the main crowds. Unfortunately, we were only able to stay for one night. We went in January, and there were virtually no other tourists on the island, but Lipari is still just as beautiful and natural as it is any other ..."

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2016

Residence NerOssidiana
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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