The largest of Sicily’s Aeolian Islands, the black volcanic rocks at Lipari contrast with the whitewashed roofs of the houses.
Standing on the Belvedere Quattrocchi, a rocky platform suspended above the stacks, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the archipelago. The castle, Norman cloister and Aeolian archaeological museum are all worth a visit.
Along the village’s central street you’ll find Da Bartolo, a restaurant serving delicious local fish specialties. The Cafe La Precchia, the heart of the island’s nightlife, is renowned for its slushies, appetizers and fruit cocktails.
If you plan to spend the night, Hotel Poseidon is a restyled typical villa in a marvelous garden.
Get here by ferryboat from Naples, Palermo or Messina.