Cruise Port Atlas | Lipari (Sicily), Italy Day Trips | Attractions

Lipari (Sicily), Italy Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Lipari: Star Clippers, Windstar, Paul Gauguin, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea

Key Attractions: Lipari Castle, Canneto, Terme de San Calogero, Pumice mines, Grand Crater, Laghetto di Fanghi, Stromboli, Panerea, Salina, Milazzo, Tindari, Castroreale

Lipari Attractions

Lipari Tender / Ferry Dock to Lipari Castle - 1 KM, 2 minutes, 9 minute walk
Lipari Tender / Ferry Dock to Canneto - 6.5 KM, 11 minutes
Lipari Tender / Ferry Dock to Terme de San Calogero - 7 KM, 11 minutes
Lipari Tender / Ferry Dock to Pumice Mines - 9 KM, 14 minutes
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Just above the tender dock in the town of Lipari is an acropolis where the historic castle sits. Within the walls are the important Archaeological Museum and the Cathedral dedicated to St. Bartolomeo. The Museum's most impressive collection is of Greek theatrical masks, though other artifacts go back to the area's 7000 year human habitation, including artifacts from tombs of different eras. The town is dotted with excavation sites and the acropolis offers an excavation showing levels from different civilizations. The town itself is pretty and has excellent shopping and eating establishments on narrow winding streets with flower strewn balconies above. Not far north of the main town is the beach town of Canneto, with several beaches. The historic spa (Terme) at San Calogero is said to have been used as long ago as 1400 BCE, but has been essentially abandoned since the 1970s, though informal tours are offered by locals. Perhaps the most popular activity on the island is a tour of the road the circles the island with stops at the southern cape for a stunning view of Vulcano and the scarred landscape of the pumice mines.

                    

   

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Vulcano

Lipari Tender / Ferry Dock to Vulcano - 6 KM, 37 minutes by ferry
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A short ferry ride from Lipari is the active volcanic island, appropriately named Vulcano. The most popular activities on the island are a dip in the hot mud baths along the shore and the hike up to the Grand Crater. Laghetto di Fanghi is the mud bath area where sulphur muds are offered for their therapeutic value. Participants will need an old bathing suit that can be discarded afterwards and are warned not to touch their eyes during the bathing due to the caustic nature of the mud. After the mud bath, bathers wash off with geothermically heated seawater. A vigorous hike up the volcano will reward the hiker with amazing views of the Grand Crater which last erupted in 1890. The entire island smells strongly of sulphur, so those with respiratory issues may want to avoid tours there.

           

   

Photo of Grand Crater by Man77, Photo of Vulcano by Brisk g

Salina, Panarea and Stromboli

Lipari Tender / Ferry Dock to Salina - 18 KM, 1 hour by ferry
Lipari Tender / Ferry Dock to Panarea - 23 KM, 1 hour 20 minutes by ferry
Lipari Tender / Ferry Dock to Stromboli - 44 KM, 2 hours 30 minutes by ferry
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The most famous of the other Lipari islands is Stromboli and many cruises in the region make a point of sailing past the active volcano, especially in the evening. Ferries and boat rentals will take you there but the ride will take nearly 2 1/2 hours, so it is not very practical for a day trip unless your heart is set on it. Also, a bit out of range for shore excursions, are Filicuda and Alicuda which offer windswept rocky terrain and isolation. More practical for a visit is the red lava island of Panarea, offering the archipelago’s most luxurious resorts and fine beaches. Also close to Lipari is Salina, the second most populous of the islands and the home of two extinct volcanoes. The most popular activities on the lush green island are hiking to the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Terzito in the valley between the two volcanoes, taking a quiet boat road around the island, or lunching at one of the many seafood restaurants.

           

   

Photo of Stromboli by Jeanot, Photo of Panarea by Licia Missori

Milazzo, Tindari and Castroreale

Lipari Tender / Ferry Dock to Milazzo - 48 KM, 2 hours 30 minutes
MIlazzo to Castroreale - 20 KM, 31 minutes
Milazzo to Attraction - 31 KM, 20 minutes
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If volcanic islands do not appeal to you, you can catch a ferry to Milazzo and visit the more impressive historic remains found there. Milazzi is a small port on a narrow peninsula and features an impressive Arab-Norman Castle which encloses the Cathedral and several other ruined structures, with great vistas of the region and the Lipari islands in the distance. Not far away is Tindari, a historic town famous for its Sanctuary of the Black Madonna sitting high and beautiful on the coast. Tindari was also a Greek, and later Roman settlement and ruins, and attracts many tourists to the area. The small mountain village of Castroreale (Royal Castle) is a short distance inland from Milazzo and is famous for its many churches and chapels.

           

   

Photo of Milazzo Castle, photo of Tindara Basilica by Erm67

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