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The 12 Top Scenic Islands in the World

By David Jeffreys - 2014-02-24T18:07:10Z

Photograph by Peter Adams/Jai/Corbis

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1. Lipari, Italy

Lipari has been settled for well over 6,000 years and plundered by pirates and Greeks for the hard, black volcanic glass deposits found all around (used to make weapons and mirrors). The best views of the dramatic island and its six Aeolian neighbors are from Quattrocchi (“four eyes”) just west of the main town. The gorgeous Gattopardo Park Hotel, once an eighteenth-century villa, has rooms overlooking the ancient acropolis and medieval Castello.

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