|Looking at Vulcano Island from Lipari Island|
|Dinner our first night.|
|A quaint street in town.|
|Ruins from at least 1000 BC|
|The walls from below.|
After leaving the walls we followed the waterfront and walked away from Lipari center. The walk had us stroll past locals' houses with their laundry hanging from their balconies, past the archipelago's only hospital, down small alleyways, under bridges, and eventually away from civilization completely. An ensuing climb had us passing white washed holiday houses perched on top of cliffs, and even though they were situated so close to the town, the serenity, sea, and calmness of their surroundings made them seem so far away.
|A lone house.|
Eventually we reached a lookout over Punta della Crapazza where a number of rock pinnacles were rising out of the sea. On a faint path we hiked straight up the crest of the mountain and were rewarded with even better views of the rocks. A few more turns led us back onto a concrete road and we walked toward the observatory on the top of the mountain. At this top point, a marvelous spread of islands came into view, including mainland Sicily.
|Vulcano Island with a steaming crater|
|Rock pinnacles rising from the sea.|
|The islands of Salina and Filicudi.|
Now it was time for us to start our descent and head back to Lipari... or so we thought. Thinking we were going to be continuing downwards the hike took us through a very narrow path, massively overgrown with bushes, prickly bushes, and weeds... and we were climbing! How was this possible and why was this happening again?! Had it not been for the random red dots telling us we were on the right path or the guidebook telling us we'd pass some quarries (which we did) we would have thought this was a joke being played on us!
|Not a fan of bushes and plants touching me.|
|View from a brief clearing.|
After bushwhacking our way out of the dense woods we followed a small path for about 10 minutes to a church. We were almost there! A walk down a dreadfully steep lane led us to yet another long set of stairs and eventually weaved us downhill through the old part of town.
|La chiesa di San Bartolo ai Monte.|
|Almost there! Just have to descend a little bit more.|
|Continuing the descent.|
|Lipari from our balcony|
|Sunning at the pool.|
|Taking a dip.|
|Individual chairs with jets!|