Island of Lipari
CommunicationsShip connections with Milazzo and Naples; hydrofoil service to Milazzo, in summer also to Naples, Reggio di Calabria and Palermo.Lípari, the Lipara of ancient times, is the largest and most heavily populated of the Aeolian Islands. Of volcanic origins, like all the islands of this archipelago, it rises at Monte Chirica to 602m/1,975ft, to the south of that at Monte Sant'Angelo to 594m/1,949ft.
Island of Lipari Map
Driving Route Around the Island
3km/2mi north of Lipari, beyond Monte Rosa (239m/789ft), the village of Canneto (10m/33ft) is the center for the extraction, processing and export of pumice-stone. The pumice quarries in the valley of the Fossa Bianca, northwest of the village (45minutes) are an interesting sight.
West of Canneto (1.5 hours), beyond the massive lava flows at Forgia Vecchia, rises Monte Sant'Angelo (594m/1,960ft). From its summit, roughly in the center of the archipelago, there is the best panoramic view of the Lipari Islands. At Piano Conte, in a valley near the west coast, are the hot springs of San Calogero (62 °C/144 °F; steam baths). From Lipari there is an attractive walk (1.5 hours) to San Salvatore (3km/2mi), on the southern tip of the island, and from there back to Lipari along the west side of Monte Guardia (369m/1,218ft).
Traveling along the east and north coast from Cannetto, we reach after 6.5km/4mi Acquacalda, a docking place for ships plying to the island of Salina. At this point the coast is left behind and the road takes us up through Quattropani (5.2km/3mi), situated on a plateau, southwards to the farming village of Pianoconte (4km/2.5mi).
Soon after Quattropani a by-road turns off right to the thermal baths of San Calägero, where there is a hot sulfur-bicarbonate spring (60°) and spa rooms dating from 1887.
Belvedere di Quattrocchi
Lípari - Beaches
There is good bathing on the north beach at Lípari Town and at Cannetto, as well as in the many bays. Water pursuits and underwater sports are also well catered for.Boat tripsThere are rewarding boat trips available which include the cliffs along the south and west coasts (Faraglioni, Pietra del Bagno).
Map of Messina Attractions