The picturesque island of Lipari, Italy is the largest and most popular of the Aeolian Islands. The summer brings crowds of Italians to its charming old town (also called Lipari). Furthermore the crystalline turquoise water attracts visitors to its various beaches. Since it is located off the northern coast of Sicily, the climate is warm, and mild. Moreover, it is a great base for visiting the other Aeolian Islands. Most of all, Lipari boasts a picturesque lively Old Town and bustling Marina area also called Lipari.
Fun Fact: The father of Buddy Valastro, The Cake Boss, was born in Lipari!
Lipari town is lively, charming and a perfect area for exploring. The pretty streets have an array of flowers flowing from balconies. The main walkway is Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Outdoor restaurants, cafes, stores and markets line the corso and surrounding streets. It certainly comes alive at night! After dinner the town becomes packed with people strolling the streets. The atmosphere is delightful with live musicians performing in the streets. Make sure to go to Marina Corta, a short walk from Corso Vittorio Emanuele. It is a charming harbor filled with colorful fishing boats. You will see the boats with freshly caught fish being cleaned and readied for markets and restaurants. In the evening, the marina is bustling with numerous restaurants and people everywhere. We fell in love with the locals, who are so friendly and welcoming.
The Best of Lipari
Here are some of my favorites…
I like this charming hotel because of it’s perfect location, within a 5 minute walk of the main pedestrian street and the Marina Corta. Grand Hotel Archiduca boasts a jacuzzi pool, nice rooms and a very good complimentary breakfast. Dining is on the terrace overlooking the pool. In addition, it offers a complimentary shuttle to Coral Beach.
Address: G., Via Giuseppe Franza
Fresh seafood served from local fishermen’s catch of the day to your table. Aeolian specialties of fresh regional seafood cuisine daily – many of which are served with delicious pasta. Very limited English is spoken, but the service was exceptional. Da Filippino also boasts an excellent wine menu. We enjoyed a delicious Corvo, Glicine 2016. Enjoy your evening dining indoors or outside on a lovely terrace. Ristorante da Filippino is located in the panoramic Piazza del Municipio.
Address: Piazza Guiseppi Mazzini
Very nice location set in a quaint square right off the main pedestrian street. La Piazzetta has delicious Italian food and very nice ambiance with vine draped outdoor seating. Due to the popularity of this restaurant, you should book early. It becomes extremely crowded after 9:30. Moderately priced.
Address: Piazza d’Austria Salvatore Luigi, Lipari, Italy
Located in the middle of Corso Vittorio Emanuel, this is the place to be for late night music, cocktails or vino. This is a prime place to people watch as the area is literally filled with hundreds of people! Most of all, make new friends here, as the Italians are so welcoming!
Address: Vittorio Emanuele 180 Lipari, Italy
Tucked away on a narrow side street is this hidden gem. Il Giardino di Lipari has a pretty outdoor garden with great ambiance. You will enjoy live music, great cocktails, and good local food & wine.
Address: Via Nuova, Lipari
Beaches on the island of Lipari cater to every taste; crowded or deserted, white or dark sand. It is one of the most enchanting natural Unesco heritage areas in the world. Click here to read more.
THINGS TO DO
Visit the other Aeolian Islands. Excursions leave daily from Marina Corta. There is easy and convenient ferry service on Liberty Lines from Lipari to all the other beautiful Aeolian Islands.
Lipari’s archaeological museum boasts one of Europe’s finest collections of ancient finds.
Address: Via Castella 2, Lipari
Cattedrale di San Bartolomeo
This beautiful church is the oldest and largest in Lipari. It honors Lipari’s patron Saint Bartholomew. It’s treasured relic are the thumbs of St. Bartholomew.
St. Bartholomew, Patron Saint. August 21-24th
The most important event on the Aeolian Islands takes place in Lipari Town. During this four-day holiday, the piazza of Marina Corta holds wonderful concerts. In addition, there are open markets selling local foods and unique gift items. The celebration of St. Bartholomew culminates on August 24th with a procession and exciting fireworks.
Bread and Wine Festival, November 10-12th
Three days of festivities include tastings of local and home made products. Additionally, it highlights the harvesting and crushing of grapes. Furthermore, they hold traditional races such as donkey races, or the land-digging speed race. Wine, bread and roasted meat flavors invade the square with dances and other entertainment.
Lipari is easily accessible by ferry or hydrofoil from the Sicilian towns of Milazzo and Messina. The best departure point is Milazzo, as it has daily ferries leaving almost hourly all day to Lipari. On the other hand, Messina has a limited amount of daily ferries to Lipari. The cost is approximately 19 EUR per person. They do accept credit cards.