The province of Messina



Photo © Luigi Nifosì

Lipari (Zip Code 98055) is an isle which belongs to archipelago of Eolie and administratively it makes part of the province of Messina.

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Campobianco on the slopes of Mount Pilato

The municipality has 10.826 inhabitants and an area of 8.861 hectares for a population density of 122 inhabitants per square kilometre.

It rises on a flat area along the coast and is 44 metres above sea-level.

The Town Hall is placed in piazza Mazzini n. 1, tel. ++39 090-9811240 fax. ++39 090-9880196.

Main economic activities are agriculture, fishing, tourism and handicraft. Products mostly cultivated are olives, capers, almonds, dried fruit in general. Renowned is local wine "Malvasia". Main fish products are molluscs, shellfishes, tunny, swordfishes, anchovies and sardines. Very beautiful are besides drawings on cloth made by hand, clay masks and handmade earthenware.

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Aereal view of Caslte and the Cathedral

Original name of the isle was Meligunis, changed into the current one during Greek domination. "Lipari" in fact derives from Greek Lìpara, that means "the splendid".

The isle has been populated since Neolithic period and later it was occupied by Greeks, Romans and Chartaginians.

After the incursions of Vandals in the Middle Ages it declined and was left by population.

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The quarries of lipari

In 1342 it was conquered by king Roberto of Naples. But in 1544 because of corsairs' pillage and of deportation of its citizens it declined again.

To avoid further invasions, Spanish in the same century built a castle fortified by walls.

Inhabited centre after rebuilding many buildings which were destroyed during two World Wars, was subjected to further transformations.

Now the commune includes in its territory Alicudi, Filicudi, Panarea, Vulcano and Stromboli isles.

The most interesting monuments are the Spanish Castle of the XVI century; the Cathedral rebuilt in the XV and XVI centuries in the place of the old Norman Cathedral and the Archaeological Eolian Museum.

Photo © Luigi Nifosì 

The sea of Lipari

Besides there are archaeological finds of Bronze age and Greek and Roman periods found near the castle.

A fixed stage for visitors/tourists are the wonderful beaches and the bays whch make these isles fomous all over the world.

A famous character original of Lipari is Giovanna Profilo (1873-1956) who took religious vows under the assumed name of "Sister Florenza". She founded some Franciscan works not only in Sicily and in the other Italian provinces but also in Brazil and Peru.

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