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

The oldest church in the Castle is the Cathedral, dedicated to St. Bartholomew , the Apostle. It is located in the centre of the Castle’s concourse, and was built by the Normans between 1100 and 1200. The current façade was built in 1861 together with the unfinished bell tower.

The Norman cathedral was part of the convent of the Benedictine monks, of whom Ambrose was Abbot, assigned by Count Roger to Lipari in 1083 to repopulate the island, which had remained deserted after the Arab raid in 838. Remarkable parts of this Monastery remain visible, or have been brought to light by excavations.
In the Norman construction of the Cathedral you can now visit the cloister next to the cathedral on the south side. The reconstruction of the new cathedral between 1600 and 1700 destroyed the entire north side, but the ambulatory is preserved on the other three sides.
The ambulatory was built with stone blocks, columns and capitals recovered from the oldest houses of the Roman and medieval ages. The capitals are decorated with figures of animals (doves, lions and fantastic animals) and plant motifs (flowers and fruits), the work of Calabrian-Sicilian craftsmen with influences from the Byzantine tradition.

Pollara, between poetry and beauty

The malleability of Vulcano’s mud

Vulcano, the most famous volcano in the world

The Stacks of Panarea

The senses tell The Stacks of Panarea

Seven islands with different faces

Salina, the green island with twin mountains

Lipari Castle, “fused” with lava

The senses tell Alicudi

The fumaroles of the port of Vulcano

Where do Vulcano’s gases come from?

Lipari, where history intertwines with volcanoes to create archaeology

The salt lake of Lingua

The senses tell The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

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

Lipari at the centre of Mediterranean history

Alicudi, where time has stood still

Panarea, the island of Stacks

The senses tell The summit craters

The ancient production of salt

Myths and legends about volcanoes

The pure white of the pumice quarries


The Aeolian Islands, where volcanoes were first studied

The Sciara del Fuoco

Seven islands, dozens of volcanoes

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

The senses tell The Gran Cratere of the Fossa

Filicudi: small island, big history

The senses tell the Lipari Castle

Stromboli, the volcano that breathes

At the heart of trade in history

The summit craters

The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

Filicudi, a submerged paradise

The Village of Capo Graziano

The polis of the living and the necropolis of the dead

The senses tell the port of Vulcano

The hidden part of the Aeolian Islands

The Gran Cratere of the Fossa