Lipari, where history intertwines with volcanoes to create archaeology

Lipari is the largest and most populated Aeolian Island.
The first volcanic activity above sea level started around 220,000 years ago and since then, in more or less regular periods, it has built the whole northern part of the island. The southern part, the volcanic domes of Monte Guardia, Monte Giardina and the Stacks, developed 45,000 to 15,000 years ago. The last volcanic activity, with the emission of pumice and obsidian, took place between 800 and 1100 AD in the north-eastern part of the island, between the villages of Canneto and Acquacalda.
From a naturalistic point of view, Lipari has always attracted the curiosity of researchers because it is a unique place where you can observe different types of volcanic manifestations on the same island, from dark basalt and obsidian to pumice.
Lipari has always been the most inhabited and main Aeolian Island, as shown by its history. Even in ancient times, Lipari had always been at the centre of the Mediterranean trade routes, thanks to the vast presence of obsidian , used at the time for various kinds of tools and uses. It was a raw material in the Aeolian territory that guaranteed a high chance of profit and economic success.

Filicudi: small island, big history

The pure white of the pumice quarries

The Cathedral of Lipari and the Norman Cloister of the Benedictine Monastery

The ancient production of salt

The Gran Cratere of the Fossa

The fumaroles of the port of Vulcano

Wine, oil and capers, masterpieces of nature and launching pad of the Aeolian economy

The hidden part of the Aeolian Islands

Lipari Castle, “fused” with lava

The senses tell Alicudi

The Stacks of Panarea

The malleability of Vulcano’s mud

Filicudi, a submerged paradise

The Sciara del Fuoco

The Village of Capo Graziano


Lipari at the centre of Mediterranean history

At the heart of trade in history

Panarea, the island of Stacks

The senses tell The summit craters

Alicudi, where time has stood still

Myths and legends about volcanoes

Pollara, between poetry and beauty

The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

Seven islands, dozens of volcanoes

The summit craters

The senses tell The Stacks of Panarea

The salt lake of Lingua

Salina, the green island with twin mountains

Vulcano, the most famous volcano in the world

The senses tell the port of Vulcano

Lipari, where history intertwines with volcanoes to create archaeology

The senses tell The Gran Cratere of the Fossa

Where do Vulcano’s gases come from?

Seven islands with different faces

The senses tell The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

Stromboli, the volcano that breathes

The polis of the living and the necropolis of the dead

The Aeolian Islands, where volcanoes were first studied

The senses tell the Lipari Castle