Known as the end of Axel Lidenbrock’s travel in Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne, the Stromboli is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and it’s in the most beautiful Italian archipelago, that is the Aeolian one.
The volcano Stromboli is high 926m and deep about 1700m below the sea level. A few hundred meters north-east of the island lies Strombolicchio, the oldest pit of the volcano dating to around 200,000 years ago. The Strombolicchio has a lighthouse of the Navy installed in 1926, which is currently uninhabited and automated.
The island landscape is wild. The volcano keeps on doing puffs, smoke and lava so remembering its presence and so creating a special attraction.
The main town, Stromboli, with its typical Aeolian white houses, has two main parallel streets, linked by steep roads, from where you can reach the main points of interest:
- The church of San Vincenzo, with its square and its wonderful view of the sea and Strombolicchio. A little further on the Residence Aquilone welcomes you to live a marvelous holiday.
- The church of San Bartolo, located above the small town of Piscità. Here is one of the trails to reach the Sciara del Fuoco.
- The charming black sand beaches of the island.
On the southern coast of the island lies Ginostra, a small and isolated village accessible only by sea. In its port, the smallest in the world, there are only small boats for locals and tourists.
Ginostra and Stromboli are masterpieces of nature and man, simple and enchanting places where people still live semi-isolated and like in the old times.