Lipari... it was the one port on our 2011 Legendary Cruise that I was not familiar with. Located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, Lipari is the largest of the Aeolian Islands with a population of a little over 11,000 permanent residents. Popular with tourists, the May-September population of this volcanic archipelago swells to over 20,000 with its beaches becoming popular destinations.
The 5th day of our itinerary began before the sun rose while on our way to the port of Lipari, a scenic cruise through these beautiful Aeolian Islands welcomed the day in style.
As our ship entered the archipelago chain at sunrise, this was an entry not to be missed. Greeted by a dazzling pink sky which in turn changed to hues of gold, orange and yellow, my camera shutter happily clicked away for hours capturing image after stunning image as we made our way through the volcanic area.
|The erupting volcano, Vulcano. Part of the Aeolian Islands|
|Breakfast with a veiw|
|Streets of Lipari|
|Ready for some shopping in Lipari|
|Original cloister rediscovered|
Stepping over rice strewn cobblestones to enter the brilliant white and blue Cathedral itself, the colorful ceiling frescoes depicting biblical scenes date back to the 18th century and had us sighing with awe. Lit beautifully from the side windows allowing so much light to enter the structure, the church is bright and filled with color. Dedicated to St. Bartholomew, the Cathedral is said to have been the resting place of the Saint after his casket somehow washed up on Lipari's shores.
Making our way around the grounds, the views of the blue ocean below and the surrounding town provided stunning vistas and views of the island.
Occasional ruins can be seen around the grounds, and an archaeological museum is nearby.
As our time ashore drew to a close, Lipari's charming streets and friendly people left me wishing I had more time. Definitely on my list of places to return to, my day in Lipari and our views of the Aeolian Islands remains unforgettable.