WHERE TO STAY:
The Hotel Carasco, Porto delle Genti, 98055 Lipari, 981-1605, http://www.carasco.it , is a handsome 89-room hotel built into the cliffs about a 10-minute walk south of Lipari port. It has ocean access and a saltwater swimming pool. Open April-October. Doubles $116-$182, including breakfast.
Villa Meligunis Hotel, 7 Via Marte, 98055 Lipari, 981-2426, http://www.villameligunis.it , is a quiet and stylish place in Lipari town overlooking the Marina Corta. It has a small rooftop pool. Doubles $260-$350, including breakfast.
Hotel Giardino sul Mare, 65 Via Maddalena, 98055 Lipari, 981-1004, http://www.netnet.it/conti , has simple rooms, a pool and a nice location above the port. Doubles $78-$372, including breakfast.
Hotel Poseidon, 7 Via Ausonia, 98055 Lipari, 981-2876, http://www.hotelposeidonlipari.com , is a well-kept pension with a pretty internal courtyard on Lipari town's busy main shopping street. Near the Marina Lunga. Doubles $97-$195, including breakfast.
WHERE TO EAT:
Da Filippino, Piazza Mazzini, 981-1002, has been a culinary landmark in Lipari town since 1910. Fresh fish and pasta are the specialties. Dinner for two with wine about $100-$120.
E Pulera, Via Isabella Conti Vainicher, 981-1158, is Da Filippino's excellent but less-expensive sister restaurant on the western side of town. It has a very pleasant courtyard. Dinner for two with wine about $100.
La Nassa, 36 Via G. Franza, 981-1319, is on a busy street corner near downtown, with alfresco dining on terraces. The menu is more contemporary than the others'. Dinner for two with wine about $70.
L'Orchidea, Via Stradale, Pianoconte, 982-2089, is a family-style restaurant in a hamlet west of Lipari town. The pasta, pizza and seafood are all delicious and reasonably priced. Dinner for two with wine about $75.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Italian Government Tourism Board, 12400 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 550, Los Angeles, CA 90025; (310) 820-1898 or (310) 820-4498, http://www.italian tourism.com.
— Susan Spano