During the Neolithic period, the Aeolian Islands (especially Lipari) saw the flourishing of a civilization whose livelihood was centered on the mining of obsidian, that is, of that volcanic “glass” that erupted from the Forgia Vecchia and Mount Pilato craters.
The island of Lipari is full of ancient historical landmarks. The most important is certainly the Castle, located on the ancient acropolis and dating back to the sixth century. Today it hosts the Aeolian Archaeological Museum, which, with its collections, traces the rich history of the islands from prehistory to the Middle Ages.
Walking around the island, one of the most characteristic places you can visit is the pumice quarry of Porticello, which gives the sand a particular shade of white, making the sea water even more crystal-clear and turquoise.
In the center of the village of Marina Corta, there is a lively square and a street full of clubs and shops, while Sottomonastero and Marina Lunga offer a quay reserved for transiting boats.
The Pignataro marina is located at the northern end of the bay. It is protected by a dock for free mooring and has a floating dock, where boats can moor for a fee. It offers services, electricity and water.
“The island of the Liparians is also small in extent but sufficiently fruitful and, so far as the wants of men are concerned, it supports even a high degree of luxury; for it supplies the inhabitants with a multitude of fish of every kind and contains those fruit trees which can offer the most pleasure when one enjoys them.”
(Diodorus Siculus, Bibliotheca historica – V, 10)