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
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
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
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.