Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the north coast of Sicily, and the name of the island's main town.
Its position has made the harbor of Lipari strategic. In Neolithic times Lipari was, with Sardinia, one of the few centers of the commerce of obsidian, a hard black volcanic glass prized by Neolithic peoples for the sharp cutting edge it produces. Lipari’s dominating colours derive from its volcanic nature; the white pumice-stones and the black obsidian. The volcanic phenomenon can also be seen in the thermal springs of the island- solfataras and 12 volcanic systems converging towards Monte Chirica.
Spread out across the island are numerous archaeological and historical sites to intrigue most explorers. There are also spectacular beaches and amazing jagged coasts whose walls rise steeply from below the sea. Once volcanic, Lipari is now the chief source of pumice-stone that gives to the sea a breathtaking colour that goes from white to light blue, the most famous beach called “Spiagge Bianche” (White Beaches). Besides the town of Lipari there are four more villages on the island: Canneto, Acquacalda, Quattropiani and Piano Conte.