Lipari

The polis of the living and the necropolis of the dead

At the foot of the Castle, where the modern town extends today, and at the beginning of the Diana quarter, the town of Lipari developed during the Greek and Roman ages.


Unfortunately, almost nothing remains of the town from the Greek age due to the destruction by the Romans in 252 BC and the overlapping of modern buildings.
Of the Roman city, on the other hand, there are remains of houses close to the Greek walls visible in the archaeological park of the Diana district and the perimeter embankment built in the 1st century BC, during the civil war between Sextus Pompey and Octavius
The houses, like the Castle, were grouped in blocks delimited by regular streets.
Archaeological excavations have brought to light the remains of two Greek fortification walls, one from the beginning of the 5th century BC, the other from the middle of the 4th century BC.
In Greek times the necropolis of Lipari was located outside the city walls because it was the custom of the Greeks and later also of the Romans to bury the dead outside the city. The necropolis extended into the plain of Diana. Nearly 3000 tombs have been found. They were arranged in rows on several levels: the more recent tombs overlapped the older ones, sometimes up to four layers deep.

The senses tell The Sciara del Fuoco

The senses tell The salt lake of Lingua

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

Alicudi, where time has stood still

How pumice is formed

The malleability of Vulcano’s mud

“Strombolian” activity in the place where its definition was born

Filicudi, a submerged paradise

The summit craters

Salina, the green island with twin mountains

Panarea and its history

The Sciara del Fuoco

Lipari, where history intertwines with volcanoes to create archaeology

Pollara, between poetry and beauty

The Thermal Baths of Saint Calogerus

The senses tell The Pumice Quarries of Lipari

Malvasia delle Lipari DOC

The ancient production of salt

The Gran Cratere of the Fossa: when the volcano becomes a sculptor

At the heart of trade in history

Lipari Castle, “fused” with the lava

The polis of the living and the necropolis of the dead

The stacks of Panarea

Lipari at the centre of Mediterranean history

The pure white of the pumice quarries

Where do Vulcano’s gases come from?

Panarea, where sea and volcanoes become sculptors

The hidden part of the Aeolian Islands

The senses tell The summit craters

The Aeolian Islands, where volcanology was born

Seven islands, dozens of volcanoes

The senses tell The Stacks of Panarea

“Vulcanian” eruptions

Stromboli, the volcano that breathes

The senses tell The Village of Capo Graziano

Between brush strokes of sulphur and clouds of steam: the fumaroles of the port of Vulcano

Tsunamis: a not uncommon phenomenon in Stromboli

The underwater morphological elements of the Aeolian Islands

The underwater fumarolic activity of Lisca Bianca

Vulcano, the youngest of the Aeolian works of art

Volcanoes as a natural art form

Myths and legends about volcanoes

The Village of Capo Graziano

The salt lake of Lingua

The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

Stories of the sea and shipwrecks. The wrecks of the Aeolian Islands

Filicudi: small island, big history

The 2002-03 eruption