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In the Christian Age (possibly since the IV century), Lipari was an Episcopal residence and at least since the VI century, the body of S. Bartolomeo miraculously landed from Armenia according to Byzantine writers, has been venerated in its Cathedral.
During the centuries of the early Middle Ages, Lipari was the destination of pilgrims coming from near and far countries. In this period, various and rich traditions flourish about the Aeolian Islands and in particular about Lipari and Vulcano. We have already mentioned those relative to the miraculous arrival of the body of S. Bartolomeo, which were accompanied by other miraculous events.
The crater of Vulcano was then believed to be the mouth of Hell, where the lost souls burned. A wellknown legend is told by Gregorio Magno about the hermit who, on the same day as Teodorico's death, had seen the 'soul of the Goth King thrown into the crater by Pope John and by the noble Simmaco, whom he had executed.
Other legends flourish about the saint Bishop Agatone and the hermit S. Calogero who delivered the island from the devils and caused the springing of beneficial waters which bear his name. In the early Middle Ages there was a sudden awakening (after many milleniums of calm) of the volcanic activity on the island of Lipari. It opened then the new crater of Monte Pelato which erupted huge masses of pumice stones, and that nearer to the city of Pirrera, which erupted an outflow of obsidian.
At Aeolian Islands, there is tourist accommodation available in hotels, farm holiday, farmhouse, residence self-catering accommodation, b&b, rooms for rent, holiday homes, camp sites and tourist villages.