The senses tell The Lipari Castle

Rock and building blocks that merge

The Castle of Lipari is one of those classic cases where the foundations are made of a single rock mass. In Lipari’s case, the walls built in the 16th century consist of blocks whose colour blends with that of the rock. The blocks are also placed inside rock inlets to form one unit. It is worth taking some time to walk around the city walls and admire the perfect intercalation with the lava dome below.

Nearly a city

The centre of Lipari was built to be as similar as possible to a city on the mainland. But its size, the presence of narrow alleys and very few drivable roads, does not make it comparable. However, the difference can be seen in the fewer than 100 inhabitants on many of the other islands to the 12,000 on Lipari.
While you are at the Castle, try to close your eyes and listen: you will hear the coming and going of the hydrofoils, ships and motorboats, but also the vehicles moving in the streets between Marina Lunga and Marina Corta.

The fish of the Aeolian Islands

In the quay of Marina Lunga, where the hydrofoils and ships dock, every morning several fishing boats also unload fresh fish, including the famous Aeolian shrimps. By walking along the quay and towards the nearby fish market, you will experience the true smell of the sea.

Eating real fish in Lipari

Lipari is full of restaurants where you can eat good fresh fish. It is important to respect sustainable fishing, so only try the seasonal fish when visit the Aeolian Islands. Flying squid and swordfish are timeless flavours!

How to insulate a castle from the heat and cold

Head towards the entrance of Lipari Castle and try touching the outside and inside of the walls at any time of day. You will feel a considerable difference in temperature, with the inside always staying cool in summer and mild in winter.

The hidden part of the Aeolian Islands

The summit craters

The 2002-03 eruption

Lipari Castle, “fused” with the lava

The underwater fumarolic activity of Lisca Bianca

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

The senses tell The salt lake of Lingua

The senses tell The Stacks of Panarea

Tsunamis: a not uncommon phenomenon in Stromboli

The ancient production of salt

Panarea and its history

The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

The senses tell The Village of Capo Graziano

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

The underwater morphological elements of the Aeolian Islands

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

Volcanoes as a natural art form

The senses tell The Pumice Quarries of Lipari

The salt lake of Lingua

Panarea, where sea and volcanoes become sculptors

The polis of the living and the necropolis of the dead

Lipari, where history intertwines with volcanoes to create archaeology

How pumice is formed

Vulcano, the youngest of the Aeolian works of art

Lipari at the centre of Mediterranean history

At the heart of trade in history

Malvasia delle Lipari DOC

Filicudi, a submerged paradise

Where do Vulcano’s gases come from?

The pure white of the pumice quarries

Pollara, between poetry and beauty

The malleability of Vulcano’s mud

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

The Thermal Baths of Saint Calogerus

The Aeolian Islands, where volcanology was born

The stacks of Panarea

Salina, the green island with twin mountains

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

Myths and legends about volcanoes

The Sciara del Fuoco

Filicudi: small island, big history

“Vulcanian” eruptions

The Village of Capo Graziano

Stromboli, the volcano that breathes

The senses tell The summit craters

The senses tell The Sciara del Fuoco

Alicudi, where time has stood still

Seven islands, dozens of volcanoes