LIPARI: THE MOTHER ISLAND
Where nature has fused with history, and pumice and obsidian have both been an integral part of the archipelago's destiny
Lipari is the largest and most populated of the islands. The ancient Meligunis, so called because of its mild climate, it is the administrative capital of the archipelago with the exception of the island of Salina. Let yourself be seduced by its Acropolis, a natural fortress that contains within its walls 6,000 years of history. Come and discover the hidden mysteries of the stones that speak of ancient civilizations, of the Neolithic men who came this far in the search for obsidian, the sharp black stone that made the archipelago the center of the most flourishing trade in the Mediterranean. Inside the citadel you can visit the Archaeological Museum, considered one of the most important in Europe, the Cathedral of St. Bartholomew with its adjoining Norman cloister, the archaeological park and numerous churches. Discover the natural beauty of this jewel in the sea. The land was formed by the eruptions of twelve volcanoes, which created an island with an integral, natural environment in perfect balance and harmony. You will be dazzled by the white and immaculate mountain of pumice that plunges into the sea, gifting the seabed unreal colors with the warm tones of the Caribbean. Explore the paths and all the eye-catching routes to get to know the morphological peculiarities of Lipari. If you like trekking you can discover, while walking, the deepest essence of this island and by visiting the Kaolin mines you will find traces left by the volcano, a place where you can still admire the geysers or hot springs (the most famous are the Thermal Baths of San Calogero, also known to the Romans, and be impressed by the old thermal stove with its charming tholos shape from the seventeenth century BC.). You will be delighted with the landscape shaped by the wind and the sea, and will discover and embrace, when viewed from the natural balcony of the viewpoint Quattrocchi, some of the most beautiful scenery in the entire archipelago. The island is crossed by a network of roads linking its towns. You can choose between car, motorbike, bus or bicycle for a tour that will allow you to reach the inner heart of the island, discovering the Lipari still bound by rural agriculture, with cultivated fields in the midst of which sprout characteristic Aeolian houses. Get involved with the many opportunities that the island has to offer: music, art, sports, shopping, hiking, culture, festivals and a vibrant nightlife. Discover the folklore, the secrets of local traditions with the folk festivals where you can taste typical products and the not to be missed famous sweets made with almonds and vincotto (cooked wine). Complete your holiday with a culinary tour to discover the “Liparota” cuisine that will have you hooked with its refined dishes that meld in an exclusive recipe of both new and old culinary traditions and new trends.