Stay in a holiday villa on Lipari island
Lipari Island as the largest of the Aeolian archipelago is an exciting island to stay on and acts as a convenient base if you want to island-hop or simply stay in one place and both relax and immerse yourself in the culture and your surroundings. Something of a capital to the other islands, Lipari is large enough that you won’t feel out of your depth if you prefer smaller, rural destinations or feel that there isn’t enough to see if you prefer bigger cities.
The island has a rich history as a place of relaxation due to the thermal baths in the Romans times and after a fortress was built there in 1556 Charles V sought to use the island as an outpost from after once again after the islanders were imprisoned by the infamous pirate Barbarossa in 1544. While the people living on Lipari didn’t have to worry about volcanic eruptions like those on Stromboli, piracy plagued the Mediterranean and meant that living inside the thick walls of the castle was essential to survival.
Wandering through the town you will encounter the welcoming residents, local produce and souvenirs, encountering architecture which takes inspiration from the different groups of people who have resided there over the centuries. The imposing citadel is impossible to miss and inside, the Lipari Museum covers the history of this unique island through displays and collections of artefacts.
St Bartholomew’s Cathedral is dedicated to the Saint whose body was allegedly found on the beaches and his thumb is displayed inside a silver case. If you happen to visit at the end of the summer, he has an extravagant holiday dedicated to him on the 24th of August. This is a great event and gives you the chance to celebrate in style alongside the bubbly locals! A trip over to Sicily is recommended as well and you could easily make this one of your stops in an extended trip of South Italy.