Stromboli is home to the most active of European volcanoes, with spectacular and frequent eruptions that can also be admired from the Punta Labronzo Observatory.
With a little luck you can witness the Sciara del Fuoco: the lava flow that descends to the sea.
To visit the village of San Vincenzo where the boats dock, with its characteristic white houses; the hamlet of Ginostra perched on the rock and reachable only by a mule track; the Strombolicchio rock, born from one of the oldest volcanic eruptions of the Aeolian Islands.
Stromboli Island is the most original of the Aeolian Islands. It is about 22 miles from Lipari and the ancients also called it Strongible (the rotunda) to indicate its almost round shape.
It has an area of about 12 square kilometers and is inhabited by 445 people in the winter. Its active volcano is about 920 meters high above the sea and its depths are very deep, about 1200 meters.
The lava flows are channeled along a steep road towards the sea called Sciara del Fuoco.
Stromboli is the only volcano in Europe and one of the few in the world in permanent eruptive activity. It is for this reason that the island was called in ancient times the Tyrrhenian Lighthouse.
The inhabited centers are: Fico Grande, S.Vincenzo, Piscità and Ginostra, the latter is a small village of just 30 souls.
Stromboli was inhabited since the Bronze Age but it was in the 1930s that it reached its maximum demographic expansion with about 5,000 inhabitants. Tourism developed in the 1950s thanks to a film shot on the island in the late 1940s by director Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman.
In front of Stromboli at about 1 mile stands a rock for a height of 56 meters surmounted by a lighthouse still in operation called Strombolicchio.