Lipari

The senses tell the Lipari Castle

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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. Take some time to walk around the city walls and admire the perfect intercalation with the lava dome below.

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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.

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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. Take a stroll along the quay and the nearby fish market, and you will experience the true smell of the sea.

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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!

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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 senses tell The Stacks of Panarea

The senses tell The Gran Cratere of the Fossa

Volcanoes

The senses tell Alicudi

The Aeolian Islands, where volcanoes were first studied

The hidden part of the Aeolian Islands

The ancient production of salt

The Gran Cratere of the Fossa

The salt lake of Lingua

Vulcano, the most famous volcano in the world

The pure white of the pumice quarries

The Sciara del Fuoco

Lipari at the centre of Mediterranean history

Panarea, the island of Stacks

Pollara, between poetry and beauty

Lipari, where history intertwines with volcanoes to create archaeology

The senses tell The summit craters

Filicudi: small island, big history

The Stacks of Panarea

Filicudi, a submerged paradise

Salina, the green island with twin mountains

The Village of Capo Graziano

Alicudi, where time has stood still

The senses tell the port of Vulcano

Seven islands with different faces

The summit craters

The polis of the living and the necropolis of the dead

At the heart of trade in history

The fumaroles of the port of Vulcano

Seven islands, dozens of volcanoes

The senses tell The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

Stromboli, the volcano that breathes

The senses tell the Lipari Castle

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

Myths and legends about volcanoes

Where do Vulcano’s gases come from?

The prehistoric village of Cala Junco

Lipari Castle, “fused” with lava

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

The malleability of Vulcano’s mud