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Named after the principal island, the Aeolian Islands are sometimes referred to as the Lipari Islands. They are all peaks of now-submerged volcanoes and two, Stromboli and Gran Cratere, remain active. The islands take their name from Aeolus, the god of the winds in Greek mythology, who gave Odysseus the contrary winds tied up in a bag - but near Ithaca, his sailors opened it, believing there was treasure inside, and yet again he was blown away from his homeland.

The Islands have had numerous occupiers and colonisers, with everyone from the Carthaginians to the Spanish, or even pirates of varying nationalities attempting to claim ownership. The Aeolian Museum in Lipari Town is excellent and houses treasures from the islands throughout the ages. Lipari is the most populated of the Aeolian Islands, with its population concentrated on the eastern side of the island, where the vineyards produce some really good local wine, and about half living in Lipari Town.

You will find good hiking trails in and around the islands with three mountain peaks. The town has all chic boutiques and restaurants that you would expect in a part of the world favoured by the most demanding of Italian tourists. Around the coast, a number of anchorages are ideal for exploring the fabulous snorkelling and scuba diving that Lipari offers: ocean caves, white pumice sands, twisted basalt rock formations and a seabed formed by aeons of volcanic activity awash with shoals of colourful fish. At the dive site of La Franata dell’Archipelago, which lies in a channel between Lipari and Vulcano, the seafloor descends to a plateau, which then shelves dramatically revealing a landslide of ancient volcanic rocks.  



  • At Rada di Lipari Marina Lunga, stern-to where directed on the yacht pontoons which lie to the north of the commercial quay.
  • Another pontoon can be found immediately north of Marina Lunga at la Buona Fonda, and at Pontile Portosalvo there are 40 berths with pontoons and laid moorings in place.
  • The other marinas are Marina Corta and Pignataro, further anchorages at Punta Castagna, Porticello, Canneto and Spiaggia di Vinci.

To Do:

  • Visit the Aeolian Museum
  • Snorkelling and scuba diving
  • Shopping
  • Eating


  • Bars and restaurants
  • Provisions
  • Fuel
  • ATM