“It possesses those products that make men’s lives luxurious”, the Greek historian Diodorus Siculus said of Lipari, many years before the birth of Christ. The island, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco with the entire archipelago of the Aeolian Islands, is one of the most precious jewels in the Mediterranean.
Vulcano, Stromboli, Salina, Filicudi, Alicudi and Panarea: there are 7 islands that make up this enchanting archipelago in Tyrrhenian, off the Sicily, of which Lipari is the largest.
The archipelago – Each of these islands is a world unto itself, where everyone can find their ideal vacation spot: soul, landscapes, architecture, unique traditions, united by the dazzling Mediterranean light and the intense color, with a thousand shades, of their sea . Perhaps even more off-season, when there are obviously even fewer distancing problems. All the islands are of volcanic origin, and Stromboli and Vulcano are still active. Also the volcano of Mount Pilato, a Lipari, is believed to be such, even if the latest eruptions date back to the fourth and fifth centuries: as a whole, the archipelago constitutes the emerged part of a vast volcanic complex, which extends under water for hundreds of square kilometers.
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Lipari, the largest and most populated – The largest and most populated of the seven sisters is Lipari. Rich in enchanting coves and beaches, a magnificent and luxuriant nature, it also has some unexpected artistic treasures. The oldest part of the island, the castle, is a natural fortress built on a rock surrounded by Spanish ramparts Five hundred. Here stood the primitive inhabited center, which dates back to ancient times, as evidenced by the Greek tower of the fourth century BC.
The Castle and the Cathedral – The Norman cathedral rebuilt in Five hundred dominates with the castle the village, characteristic and animated, has developed all around, with the municipal palace and the magnificent beach of Marina long. Lipari is also famous for Forgia old, a flow of obsidian covered by dense vegetation, and for its pumice quarries: a Canneto the contrast between the black volcanic sand and the powdered white pumice is striking.
The Archaeological Museum – The Aeolian archipelago has seen a long alternation of cultures over the course of its history, attested and represented by the documents and objects kept at the Lipari Regional Archaeological Museum, which houses finds belonging to different periods, from the prehistoric age (starting from 5000 BC) to the Greek and Roman phase, to the medieval Byzantine and Norman-Swabian one. The Museum is housed within the Lipari Castle complex, a true natural fortress located on the top of the volcanic rock that dominates the surrounding plain from a height of about fifty meters: the position was so strong and easy to defend that it was inhabited since the Neolithic age.
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