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Lipari is the biggest of the Aeolian Islands, and a great base for exploring the archipelago. The island’s eponymous town is where most of the action happens, and is where ferries and hydrofoils chug off to the likes of Vulcano, Stromboli and Panarea. The town’s main street, Corso Vittorio Emanuele, is lined with shops, delis and cafes, while pretty Marina Corta is where you’ll find a selection of restaurants and a walkway that’s perfect for passeggiata.
As well as a historic castello and superb archaeological museum, Lipari is also home to a number of lovely beaches. One of our favourites is Spiaggia Bianca (White Beach), where tiny particles from the island’s pumice rocks turn the waters a Caribbean-worthy shade of turquoise.
Lipari island marks the starting line for most people exploring the Aeolian Islands. You’ll first step foot in Lipari Town, the de facto island capital. Stay within its walled old quarter to admire the Norman cloisters of Lipari Cathedral, peer up at Lipari Castle, or rummage around some of the best archaeological museums in Italy. Lipari Town also doubles as a launch pad for ferry trips. Must-sees include the smoking volcanic island of Vulcano and old-world villages of Salina.
Or you could stick to Lipari. Pebble-dashed Cannetto Beach rolls out from Lipari Town. And petite White Beach sets rows of sunloungers in front of perfectly transparent waters. Alternatively, dig out even cosier – but more peaceful – beaches like Valle Muria in the south of the island.
Cuisine on Lipari is similar to that of Sicily, utilising lots of fresh produce, fragrant herbs and a touch of North African spice. As you’d expect on an island, seafood is plentiful. Look out for net-fresh fish served with local capers – delicious. When it comes to wine, keep an eye out for the local DOC name, Malvasia delle Lipari.