Nov 17

Exploring the Lipari Island

The night was not as bad as expected. We were expecting the wind to increase during the night and having to spend the night checking the moorings but…nothing happened! We both slept well and were happy the weather forecast was once again wrong ;-)

The weather is however still not good enough to go to Stromboli. Since it wasn’t raining today we just used the day to get to know a little more of the island. A taxi driver made us a good offer for a 1h excursion through the main island’s “villages”/spots and so we got the chance to explore the island comfortably by car!

We stopped first at Canneto where you can find the longest beach on the island and watch the other islands “Panarea” and “Stromboli”.

Then he drove us to Acquacalda and showed us on the way the old “pumice stone” (de: “Bimsstein” ) quarries. This volcanic stone (Pumice) is used for the production of cement or as a cosmetic exfoliant. The quarries are however no longer being explored.

Opposite to Acquacalda we could see the neighbour island “Salina”.

From there he drove us through Quatropani and Pianoconte back to Lipari (the city). At Pianoconte we had a short stop to take some photos from the neighbour island “Vulcano” and its big crater which is constantly releasing smoke (unfortunately not visible today due to the strong wind!).

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